The mission of Kankakee Grain Inspection is to always provided timely and accurate service to our customers and to maintain the integrity established by our founders.

What can Kankakee Grain Inspection, Inc. do for you?

The accurate and consistent inspection of the agricultural products grown and traded in the Midwest is vital to the bottom line of the producer, merchandiser and buyer alike. Whether that grain has recently been harvested, is being delivered to a domestic processor, or is entering the export market, a federally licensed lab is the most dependable and precise inspection option available.

Kankakee Grain Inspection is a federally designated laboratory licensed to officially sample and grade grain under the United States Grain Standards Act in their respective areas. While locally there may be other inspection labs operating, the USDA grants only one agency the authority to carry out and issue official inspections for that locale.

Serving the elevator and merchandiser....

Official inspections serve both the buyer and the seller of agricultural commodities. Any interested party can request that a lot of grain be officially sampled and inspected. The results of that inspection can be used to avoid disputes and resolve possible conflicts. When an official inspection is performed prior to shipment, costly transportation delays and the catastrophic expense of rejected lots can be avoided. When disputes over grain are at their worst, only when inspected by an official agency will the officers and courts of the United States receive an official certificate as evidence of the truth of the facts stated therein.

Serving the producer....

An inspection certificate issued by an official agency can be a useful tool for the grower of agricultural products. With the help of an official grain inspection laboratory, a producer can continually monitor the condition of their product and often avoid the disastrous financial consequences that occur when a sudden change in quality comes about.

Serving the processor....

Many processors of agricultural commodities are now utilizing licensed inspection labs to provide independent sampling and inspections onsite. Official agencies can set up sampling and/or inspection service points at a facility. Under the United States Grain Standards Act these satellite labs are required to maintain the same strict quality control standards as the agency's primary laboratory.

What is an official agency?

While Kankakee Grain Inspection is privately operated, all personnel employed at an approved agency must pass an examination and be licensed under the United States Grain Standards Act. Equipment at the labs must also meet strict federal standards. All are continually check tested and remain in service only if the results of those exams fall within the tight margins established by the Federal Grain Inspection Service every 6 Months.

 Licensed under the United States Grain Standards Act, we are required to meet its tough standards. Customers can be assured of dependable and accurate grades when lots of grains are officially sampled by the official agencies or samples are submitted by the applicant.

What is an official inspection?

Many types of certificates an official agency can issue under the United States Grain Standards Act examples of a few are the Official Certificate or “white certificate” and the Submitted Sample Certificate or “pink certificate”. The white certificate is issued to represent the grade on a lot of grain that has been sampled and inspected by the official agency's licensed personnel. The pink certificate is issued on a sample that was drawn and submitted to the official lab by the applicant. Because the official agencies licensed sampler did not take that sample, the pink certificate will represent only the amount of grain submitted for testing. See some examples of certificates we produce.

If either the buyer or seller of grain is dissatisfied with the results after an official agency has performed an inspection and issued an official or submitted sample certificate, the United States Grain Standards Act specifies several options. Interested parties can request a reinspection in the same laboratory, or because the original inspection was performed in a federally licensed lab, a request can be made for an appeal inspection. The local USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service Field Office and/or the FGIS Board of Appeals and Review in Kansas City would perform an appeal inspection.

The USDA website also contains a great deal of useful information about the federal grain inspection system and can be found at https://www.ams.usda.gov.


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