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Welcome to the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative!


The mission of the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative is to create knowledge and provide information that will improve the efficiency of traditional commodity grain markets and will assist emerging markets for user-specific grains.


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Topics, Presentations and Papers



The Grain Storage Team is an Iowa State University Extension team of ag engineers and ag economists which have developed grain storage training tools which discuss grain quality.

The team has developed new training tools and updated some previous economic tools. The new tools are listed on the Grain Storage page with supporting information.
  • Dryeration – new by Shawn Shouse
  • Grain Aeration – new by Greg Brenneman
  • Fan Performance – new by Greg Brenneman
  • 2014 Issues: Planting and Harvest
  • FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) 
    • The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law enables FDA to better protect public health by strengthening the food safety system. It enables FDA to focus more on preventing food safety problems rather than relying primarily on reacting to problems after they occur. The law also provides FDA with new enforcement authorities designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. The law also gives FDA important new tools to hold imported foods to the same standards as domestic foods and directs FDA to build an integrated national food safety system in partnership with state and local authorities.
    • FDA Facility Registration – Grain Handling and Processing – 2012 – Voice over PowerPoint – Iowa State University
    • General Food Safety Checklist – Documentation – Iowa State University
    • FSMA Based Checklist - Iowa State University
  • Corn Processing Module
  • Mycotoxin Testing and Kits