On June 27, the Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Inc., was "redesignated" for three years as an "official" grain grading entity under U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers, Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

GIPSA Administrator James Baker traveled from Washington, DC to Topeka to present the certificate of designation to KGIS President Gary Bothwell.

In his presentation remarks, Baker commented that even though KGIS only is three years old, as a privatized agency, it is the largest GIPSA agency, in terms of the number of grain inspections performed annually and in geographic size. Baker also labeled KGIS as the "Cadillac" of all GIPSA agencies nationwide, from a customer service perspective. The designation, which runs from Sept. 1, 2000 to June 30, 2003, permits KGIS to grade grain pursuant to the U.S. Grain Standards Act and to issue "official" white grade certificates.

The Kansas Grain Inspection Service, Inc., provides grain grading services from 12 laboratories located across Kansas, Colorado and portions of Nebraska and Wyoming. KGIS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Kansas Grain and Feed Association. Both organizations are headquartered in Topeka, KS.

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