November 22, 2016 - In This Issue:

The Process of Reinspection Appeal and Board Appeal

Every Customer of the official grain inspection and weighing systemshould receive consistent and accurate service. This is because each agency operates under uniform standards and procedures called directives and notices; however, there may be times you want a second opinion. The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration provides regulations under the United States Grain Standards Act that allows people who are interested to go through a process of redetermining specified quality factors. This process is a reinspection or an appeal inspection for grade. 
From the original inspection service an interested person may obtain a reinspection service, an appeal inspection service, and a Board Appeal inspection service. The same inspection office that provided the original inspection service provides the reinspection service. If feasible, a different inspector in that office performs the reinspection.The FGIS Field office performs an Appeal, and the Board of Appeals and Review provides the Board Appeal inspection service. 
The scope of the reinspection or appeal inspection is limited to the scope of the original inspection. The superseded certificate(s) are considered null and void as of the date of the reinspection or appeal inspection certificate. 
Requests for appeal inspections may be filed orally or in writing. However, upon request of the service provider, oral requests shall be confirmed in writing by submission of a Form FGIS-907. Applications are furnished, upon request, by FGIS field offices, or may be downloaded at the GIPSA website.

USDA Weekly Crop Progress Report

Winter Wheat:

Illinois | 90 % of winter wheat has emerged, which 4 points lower than last year | 70% is in good to excellent condition
Indiana | 92 % of winter wheat has emerged, compared to 96% last year | 67% is in good to excellent condition
South Dakota |  99% of winter wheat has emerged, which is equal to last year | 51% is in good to excellent condition
Montana | 94 % of winter wheat has emerged, compared to 97% last year | 76% is in good to excellent condition
Ohio | 91 % of winter wheat has emerged, which 7 point lower than last year | 86% is in good to excellent condition

U.S. Drought Monitor

A large upper-level ridge of high pressure dominated the Lower 48 this week, which kept much of the country warmer and drier than usual. The Ohio State Climate Office noted that the drought impacts in southwest Ohio are causing ponds to dry up, cattle having to be alternatively watered, and hay being used earlier than usual. Parts of North Dakota had a tenth of an inch or less but most of the Great Plains had no precipitation last week. Looking ahead, November 22-26 is expecting above-normal precipitation across the Far West, the Midwest, and Northeast. Below-normal temperatures are also expected for Montana and North Dakota. 


Neogen Monday Mycotoxin and Crop Report

Don levels for wheat are as shown above with North Dakota continuing to have a level of >10ppm, and Missouri at >2ppm. 

Don levels for barley are as shown above, with a level of >5ppm in North Dakota.

There are now new reports of Don in Corn as shown here in Michigan with >5 ppm, 
Illinois with >3 ppm, Ohio with >6 ppm, and Indiana with >10 ppm. 


OSHA Issues Final Rule Updating Walking-Working Surfaces Standards and Establishing Personal Fall Protection System Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating its Walking-Working Surfaces standards specific to slip, trip, and fall hazards. The rule also includes an additional section that will establish employer requirements for using personal fall protection systems.

"OSHA believes advances in technology and greater flexibility will reduce worker deaths and injuries from falls," stated Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. 

OSHA estimates the final standard will prevent 29 fatalities and more than 5,000 injuries annually.