Tobacco Administrative Grading Service (TAGS)



Welcome to Tobacco Administrative Grading Service (TAGS), your AMS Tobacco Grading scheduling service.

Please follow these instructions to make your tobacco grading schedule at the time and location of your choice.

For Contract Tobacco contact your buying station prior to scheduling with TAGS.  Be sure to tell your buying station you need tobacco graded for crop insurance purposes.

The start date for scheduling for the 2016-17 season is Monday, August 15, 2016.

To make an appointment, please call our Scheduler toll-free at 855-776-8570.  You will need to provide the type of your tobacco (flue-cured or burley), your preferred grading location, your address and telephone number, the county your tobacco was grown in, your farm serial number, and your policy information.  Your policy information would include your policy number and Approved Insurance Provider name as well as your agent's name, agency, telephone number, and if available, email address.   If you do not have a preferred grading location, our Scheduler can provide you with a list of available options.  Available appointment dates and times vary by grading location, but are typically offered weekdays between 8:00am and 5:00pm, excluding federal government holidays.  Our Scheduler is normally available Monday-Thursday between 8:00am and 4:00pm and Friday from 8:00am-12:00 noon Eastern time, excluding federal government holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.  Please note that GCN requests received after 3 PM Monday-Thursday and after 11:30 AM on Friday, will be marked as received on the following business day.  Appointments will need to be made at least three days in advance.  Thank you for your cooperation and please plan accordingly. 

With the 2016-17 grading season winding down, starting the week of 2/27/2017 the TAGS Scheduling office will be closed Mondays and Fridays.  It will be open from 9:00am to 2:00pm Eastern time on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Once your appointment has been made, you will receive your Grading Confirmation Number (GCN).  Please bring this number and your Farm Serial Number for the tobacco being graded to the grading location so the AMS grader can grade your tobacco as scheduled.

Prior to being graded each tobacco bale is required to be labeled with both the GCN and Farm Serial Number.  Each Farm Serial Number is required to have its own GCN.

All tobacco must be weighed at the approved grading location where it is graded and on a State Certified scale.  If tobacco is weighed prior to coming into the grading station it must be weighed again by the station on their certified scales.  

Currently the fee for this service is 4 cents a pound for grading, and an additional 6 cents a pound if the grading location reloads your tobacco.  Payment is to be made by check only.  An invoice will be mailed to you shortly after grading is complete.  There will be a $35 service charge for any bounced check.  If an appointment is cancelled there will be a $25 cancellation charge.

Thank you for using TAGS, your tobacco grading scheduling service.