Grain Grading Schools

Offered three times annually in Summer 

Are you looking to obtain your Commodity Tester Certificate? Or, do you already have your Commodity Tester Certificate and need to renew it? OABA's Grain Grading School – approved by the Ohio Department of Agriculture – is structured to provide certification/recertification opportunities.

The Grain Grading Course will provide training in the procedures for grading corn, soybeans and wheat, as well as sampling and equipment. Immediately following the course, individuals seeking certification will take an open-book exam consisting of 50 questions. Those seeking recertification receive the same training and sign a verification of attendance form. Instruction is provided by Eurofins Grain Inspection. Once again, OABA will offer a Test-only option for individuals seeking recertification.

The Ohio Commodity Handler Law requires all individuals who perform a quality test for the purpose of applying a premium or discount on commodities to be certified. New commodity testers must pass (80 percent) a written exam. Those currently certified must either fulfill continuing education requirements, or pass the written exam once every three years to renew their Commodity Tester Certificate. 

Participants are encouraged to bring "trouble" grain samples to class to evaluate during the session. 

Recertification Test-Only Option 

Need the test but don't want to drive to ODA? For your convenience, OABA is offering Test-Only options for individuals needing to renew their Commodity Tester Certificate, without sitting through the full Grain Grading School. The Test-Only options is available for $10 with a separate registration link. Test-Only individuals are advised to arrive no later than 12:15 pm for the 12:30 pm test.

Event Information

  • Registration: Click here to register for the 2022 Grain Grading Schools.
  • Date: 
    • August 25 - Grace Lutheran Church 1801 Saint Paris Pike, Springfield, Ohio 45504
  • Schedule: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • 8:30: Grain Grading School check-in opens
    • 9:00: Grain Grading School begins
    • 12-12:15: Test-Only registrants arrive
    • 12:30: ODA Commodity Tester Certification Exam starts
  • Cost:
    • Member: $50
    • Non-Member: $65
    • Test-Only: $10

Ohio Grain Law Roundtables

Attention grain managers, merchandisers and others with interest – attend a Roundtable Discussion with the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Inspection Administrator – David Simmons. This coffee-talk period will allow review and discussion of Ohio Grain Law with ample time for questions and answers. 

There is only one remaining roundtable in 2022 on August 25 in Springfield from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The event is free, but a RSVP is requested. Interested participants may also submit questions in advance through the registration form. 

Click here to RSVP for the Ohio Grain Law Roundtable.

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