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PUBLIC LAW 99-000—MMMM. DD, 1986

100 STAT. 3566

PUBLIC LAW 99-641—NOV. 10, 1986

Commodity Credit Corporation loans or in grain owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation, (b) REPORT.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall transmit a report describing the results of the study required under subsection (a), together with recommendations, to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate. SEC. 306. REVIEW OF OPTIMAL GRADE PROPOSAL. (a) NOTICE AND COMMENT.—To evaluate the effects of moving to an

Federal Register, publication.

Business and industry.

7 USC 76 note.

optimal grain grading system, the Administrator of the Federal Grain Inspection Service shall— (1) publish in the Federal Register a detailed description of the proposals contained in H.R. 5354, 99th Congress, the Optimal Grain Grading Act of 1986; and (2) solicit public comment, during a period of not less than 60 days on— (A) the optimal grain grading system as proposed in H.R. ': 5354; and (B) the general objective of improving grain quality by revising the official United States grain standards to provide greater economic incentives for production and sale of high-quality grain. (b) REPORT.—The Administrator shall report to Congress, by May 1, 1987, on the comments received and on the recommendations of the Administrator with respect to the matters on which comments were solicited. SEC. 307. STUDY OF UNIFORM END-USE VALUE TESTS.

(a) STUDY.—The Secretary of Agriculture shall direct the Federal Grain Inspection Service and the Agricultural Research Service to conduct a study of the need for and availability of uniform end-use value tests for grain. The study shall include the following: (1) A survey of domestic and foreign buyers of grain to - identify the information about grain characteristics that would be most useful to such buyers. The survey shall take into account those factors that buyers specify in contracts, test for, measure, or would measure if tests were available, including— (A) the starch, oil, and protein content, breakage susceptibility, and individual kernel moisture of corn; (B) the baking characteristics, protein content, gluten content and quality, and milling hardness of wheat; and (C) the protein, oil, and free-fatty-acid content of soybeans. (2) A review of the development and availability of tests for the characteristics identified in the survey conducted under paragraph (1), including an evaluation of the costs of providing i- such tests. OD) END-USE TESTS.— (1) ONGOING REVIEW.—The

Secretary of Agriculture shall direct the Federal Grain Inspection Service and the Agricultural Research Service to maintain an ongoing review to determine the end-use tests that are of economic value to buyers, and the availability and costs of such tests. i\ (2) REVISION OF PROCEDURES.—The Administrator of the Fed('•• era! Grain Inspection Service, to the extent practicable, shall