The Grain Licensing Program licenses grain buyers and grain warehouses to protect sellers and depositors of grain.
To buy and store, grain warehouses are required to have two examinations each year. Examinations consist of warehouse examiners providing on site review and auditing of records and physical measuring of storage bins and facilities, to identify total capacities, shortages in storage, over obligations, grain quality, monitoring open storage accounts, contracts, insurance policies and safety issues.
Annual certified financial statements are required of all grain licensees.
List of licensed grain buyers and grain elevators
If you are looking for grain export sampling information or seeking assistance in grain grading disputes, see a map a listing of contact information for grain inspection entities.
You do not need to be licensed if you sell your own grain, buy seed grain for crop production, or purchase grain as feed for your own livestock or poultry.
A grain buyer's license or storage license must be purchased for each location. Only one license is required if there is one owner and operator for multiple facilities within the same city.
In addition to filling out an application you must do the following:
The licensing period is July 1-June 30 and must be renewed annually.
As a licensee, you must do the following:
A person buying or storing grain without a license would be in violation of Statues 223 and 232. Violations of theses Statues are enforced under MN Statute 18J, which has administrative actions, civil penalties, and criminal penalties.
Contact MDA at the numbers listed below or visit MDA's website for a list of licensed grain buyers and grain elevators.
You obtain a bond by talking to your bank or insurance carrier.
The bond provides indemnification to sellers of grain against the breach of a cash sale contract by a grain buyer or the breach of a grain storage contract by a public grain warehouse operator.
Yes. In lieu of a bond, you can provide cash, certified check, cashier's check, postal, bank, or express money order, assignable bonds or notes of the United States, or an assignment of a bank savings account or investment certificate or an irrevocable bank letter of credit.
Grain Bond Form (PDF: 189 KB / 2 pages)
Contact MDA at the number listed below or search MDA's website for a list of licensed grain buyers and grain elevators.
A producer claiming to be damaged by a breach of a contract for the purchase of grain by a licensed grain buyer or a licensed public grain warehouse operator may file a written claim with the commissioner. The claim must state the facts constituting the claim. The claim must be filed with the commissioner within 180 days of the breach of the contract.
All claims must be in writing, must state the facts upon which the claim is based, must include any supporting evidence, and must be signed by the claimant. The supporting evidence may consist of, but is not limited to, a purchase agreement, a scale ticket, a grain purchase receipt, a check indicating insufficient funds, a warehouse receipt, or an assembly sheet.
All claims must be filed with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Fruit, Vegetable & Grain Unit, 625 North Robert St. St Paul, MN 55155.
A penalty amount not exceed ten percent of the fees due may be imposed by the commissioner for each month the fees are late.
Required by anyone to buy grain. A license is required for each buying location based on the gross annual grain purchases (GAGP).
In addition to obtaining a license, a bond must also be obtained. Bonds range from $10,000 to $150,000.
Required by persons operating grain warehouse (elevators) to store grain for the public. All grain storage licensed elevators must also obtain a grain buyers license.
Grain storage elevators must provide a storage bond which provides reimbursement to depositors experiencing damage or other grain loss.
(based on bushel capacity)
Second Exam Fee: $55 per hour
Grain Buyers and Warehouse Licensing
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org