Service Area Strategic Plan
4/24/2014   1:47 am
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (301)
Biennium:
Service Area 1 of 1
Regulation of Grain Commodity Sales (301 552 07)
Description

Administration of the Virginia Grain Laws. These two laws, the Grain Handler Law and the Grain Dealer Licensing and Bonding Law, aid in marketing grain produced in Virginia.

All grain is weighed and the vast majority is graded pursuant to the regulations set forth by the Grain laws. This ensures that both buyer and seller have grain that is of a known weight and grade as the basis for their transaction.

The grain law program also helps to assure that Virginia's farmers are promptly and properly paid for their grain through the enforcement of the Grain Dealers Licensing and Bonding Law. This law requires that a grain dealer be properly bonded with a surety and licensed with the Commonwealth of Virginia. It also requires the dealer to keep all grain transaction records for reviewing. In the case of dealer default, injured parties would have financial recourse against a dealer's bond or letter of credit.

With grain being grown in nearly every county of the Commonwealth covering over a million acres, this grain law program has played a very important role in the orderly and efficient marketing of Virginia grain and in the financial protection of Virginia's grain farmers.
Background Information
Mission Alignment and Authority
  • Describe how this service supports the agency mission
    Provide agricultural and consumer protection services which support economic growth, and meet consumer needs.
  • Describe the Statutory Authority of this Service
    §§ 3.2-4753 through 3.2-4763 Dealers in Grain Products
    §§ 3.2-4322 through 3.2-4327 Grain Handlers
Customers
Agency Customer Group Customer Customers served annually Potential annual customers
Grain Dealers, Handlers and Grain/Soybean Export Facility Grain Dealers 100 100
Grain Dealers, Handlers and Grain/Soybean Export Facility Grain Handlers 130 130
Producers Virginia Grain Producers 3,000 3,000

Anticipated Changes To Agency Customer Base
According to the National Agriculture Statistics Service, the number of small farms and the number of large farms have increased in Virginia and this trend is projected to continue. The grain law program will continue to play a very important role in the orderly and efficient marketing of Virginia grain and in the financial protection of Virginia's grain farmers.
Partners
Partner Description
[None entered]
Products and Services
  • Factors Impacting the Products and/or Services:
    None.
  • Anticipated Changes to the Products and/or Services
    Additional requests to provide marketing and technical assistance for both large and small producer, high volume and high value producer, and direct and international marketers as grain markets are becoming far more specialized and customized than in previous years. A new trend of shipping grain and soybean products in ocean-going containers, which Virginia has a great excess supply of, has begun revolutionizing grain shipments and has created an extensive new challenge for supplying services to this key sector of Virginia’s agricultural economy.
  • Listing of Products and/or Services
    • Visit all grain handlers and dealers
    • Review receipting and grading practices and procedures
    • Inspect grain testing equipment for accuracy; condemn equipment out of tolerance; seal approved equipment; check grade grain samples; mail results to producers
    • Provide marketing and technical assistance to grain producers
    • Plan and conduct grain grading workshops annually for growers, producers and processors.
Finance
  • Financial Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Financial Breakdown
    FY 2011    FY 2012
      General Fund     Nongeneral Fund        General Fund     Nongeneral Fund  
    Base Budget $76,660 $8,975    $76,660 $8,975
    Change To Base -$1,435 $0    -$1,435 $0
               
    Service Area Total   $75,225  $8,975     $75,225  $8,975 
Human Resources
  • Human Resources Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Human Resource Levels
    Effective Date      
    Total Authorized Position level 0    
    Vacant Positions 0    
    Current Employment Level 0.0    
    Non-Classified (Filled)    
    Full-Time Classified (Filled)    breakout of Current Employment Level
    Part-Time Classified (Filled)    
    Faculty (Filled)    
    Wage    
    Contract Employees    
    Total Human Resource Level 0.0   = Current Employment Level + Wage and Contract Employees
  • Factors Impacting HR
    [Nothing entered]
  • Anticipated HR Changes
    [Nothing entered]
Service Area Objectives
 
  • Protect the integrity and competitiveness of the Virginia grain industry through compliance with Virginia Grain Laws.
    Objective Description
    The integrity and competitiveness of the Virginia Grain Industry will be maintained by monitoring for compliance with Virginia Grain Laws.
    Alignment to Agency Goals
    • Agency Goal: Provide agricultural and consumer protection services that support economic growth, meet consumer needs, and encourage environmental stewardship.
      Comment: The product and services provided by this service area are mandated in §§3.1-722.16 through 3.1-722.28 Dealers in Grain Products and §§3.1-348.1 through 3.1-348.6 Grain handlers. This aligns with the long term objective to be a national leader in the preservation and enhancement of our economy.
    Objective Strategies
    • Visit all Virginia grain handlers and dealers annually and review their receipting and grading practices and procedures. Inspect grain testing equipment for accuracy. Condemn equipment out of tolerance and seal approved equipment within tolerance. Check grade grain samples retained by dealers/handlers for tolerance and accuracy and mail results to the producers selling the grain through June 30, 2012.
    • Initiate all investigations within twenty-four hours on complaints from producers claiming nonpayment, fraud, deceit and negligence of a grain dealer or handlerthrough June 30, 2012.
    • Provide marketing and technical assistance to grain producers on an ongoing basis, provide information on current grain market quality demands through June 30, 2012.
    • Plan and conduct grain grading workshops annually for growers, producers and processors through June 30, 2012.
    • Review license applications of grain dealers to ensure their license renewal by December 31 of each year.
    • Assist with development of exhibit materials and participate in trade shows, conferences and field days through June 30, 2012.
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked
    Objective Measures
    • Percentage of grain dealers and handlers in compliance with Virginia grain laws as determined by reviews and inspections.
      Measure Class:
      Other
      Measure Type:
      Outcome
      Measure Frequency:
      Annual
      Preferred Trend:
      Maintain
      Measure Baseline Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2009

      Measure Baseline Description: FY 09 compliance rate is 100%.

      Measure Target Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2012

      Measure Target Description: Maintain 100% compliance.

      Data Source and Calculation: Grain handlers and dealers inspection reports


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