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AMS Announces 2018 Rates for Voluntary Meat and Poultry Services

Monday, May 21, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the 2018 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification and laboratory services for meat, poultry and shell eggs. The rates are intended to cover costs incurred by AMS and maintain required operating reserves for each program as mandated by Congress. Beginning October 1, 2018, rates will increase for the grading and certification of meat, poultry and shell eggs, whereas audit service rates will remain unchanged. The rate for poultry and shell egg resident service will increase by eight percent, from $48.00 an hour to $52.00 (regular time), and the rate for meat commitment service will increase by 11 percent, from $66.00 an hour to $74.00 (regular time). Other meat, poultry and shell egg grading and certification rates are similarly adjusted.

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