(a) Any person aggrieved by the grading by any employee of the commissioner of any grain for which federal standards have been adopted by the state may appeal such grading in accordance with the provisions of the United States Grain Standards Act and regulations promulgated thereunder.
(b) Any person aggrieved by the grading by any employee of the commissioner of any grain for which federal standards have not been fixed but for which state grades have been established under the provisions of this article may appeal the question to the commissioner. The commissioner shall make such tests as shall be deemed necessary to determine the correct grade of the grain in question and, after making such tests, shall issue or cause to be issued an appeal grade certificate to all interested parties. Said certificate shall take such form as is prescribed by the commissioner in the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Board of Agriculture and Industries. Such certificate shall be prima facie evidence of the correct grade of the grain in any court of the State of Alabama. The commissioner shall charge, assess and cause to be collected for each such appeal as is filed with the Department of Agriculture and Industries a fee of $5.00 which shall be paid to the commissioner, and same shall be refunded if the appeal is sustained.
(c) Any appeal from inspection and grading made under the provisions of this article shall be taken before the grain leaves the place where the inspection appealed from was made and before the identity of the grain has been lost, under such rules and regulations as the commissioner may prescribe. Any buyer of grain buying under the standards and grades of this article shall be entitled to appeal from any inspection or grading made under the provisions of this article at any time within two days of the transfer or delivery to said buyer by any seller of any certificate issued under the provisions of this article and regardless of any movement of said grain.
Last modified: May 3, 2021