The grain warehouse inspection program is a licensing and bonding program of public grain storage facilities.
A public warehouse is defined by statute as any elevator, mill, warehouse or other structure in which grain is received from one or more members of the public for storage or handling for compensation. A public grain warehouses must be licensed through the Oregon Department of Agriculture under the Oregon Warehouse Law
and Oregon Administrative Rule
or the United States Department of Agriculture, United States Warehouse Act
Inspectors report on the operation of the warehouse, inspect storage records, and examine stored grain for evidence of infestations or other storage problems. The program also requires surety bonds from the warehouses to protect grain depositors in the event of failure of a licensed grain warehouse.
In addition, the program receives advice and recommendations about the program from the Grain Warehouse Advisory Committee (GWAC). The committee, established in 1997 is comprised of growers and licensed dealers.
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