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.
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), grading location, policy number or Agent name and telephone number. 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 available Monday-Thursday between 8:00am and 5:00pm and Friday from 8:00am-12:00 noon Eastern time, excluding federal government holidays and the day after Thanksgiving.
For 2014-2015 the scheduling office will be closed Christmas week (December 22-26), December 31 during the afternoon, and January 2 in addition to the days given above.
Once your appointment has been made, you will receive your Grading Confirmation Number (GCN). Please bring this number and your Farm Serial Number(s) for the tobacco being graded to the grading location so the AMS grader can grade your tobacco as scheduled.
Currently the fee for this service is 3.5 cents a pound for grading, and an additional 5 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.
Beginning October 16, 2014 any grower that cancels an appointment will be billed a $25 cancellation charge.
Thank you for using TAGS, your tobacco grading scheduling service.