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Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.


Notice of advisory committee meeting.


Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets twice annually to advise the GIPSA Administrator on the programs and services that GIPSA delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.


December 16, 2008, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and December 17, 2008, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The Advisory Committee meeting will take place at the Hilton Kansas City Airport, 8801 NW., 112th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64153.

Requests to orally address the Advisory Committee during the meeting or written comments may be sent to: Administrator, GIPSA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 3601, Washington, DC 20250-3601. Requests and comments may also be faxed to (202) 690-2173.

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Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205-8281 or by e-mail at

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The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the GIPSA Administrator with respect to the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 71 et seq.). Information about the Advisory Committee is available on the GIPSA Web site at Under the section, “I Want To * * *,” select “Learn about the Grain Inspection Advisory Committee.”

The agenda will include a review of GIPSA's 2008 Operations (domestic and export operations), an update of GIPSA's international programs, an overview of GIPSA's technical training programs, a discussion on sorghum odor line validation and future technology, an update of GIPSA-sponsored research, the use of contracts for export services (pilot summary and next steps), a discussion on GIPSA's quality management programs (managing the official system in the future), and GIPSA's financial status.

For a copy of the agenda please contact Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205-8281 or by e-mail at

Public participation will be limited to written statements unless permission is received from the Committee Chairperson to orally address the Advisory Committee. The meeting will be open to the public.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information or related accommodations should contact Terri L. Henry at the telephone number listed above.

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Gary McBryde,

Acting Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

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[FR Doc. E8-28532 Filed 12-1-08; 8:45 am]