Grain Futures Act

The Grain Futures Act (ch. 369, 42 Stat. 998, 7 U.S.C. § 1) is a United States federal law enacted September 21, 1922 involving the regulation of trading in certain commodity futures, and causing the establishment of the Grain Futures Administration, a predecessor organization to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

Grain Futures Act
Other short titles
  • Grain Futures Act of 1922
  • Grain Standards Act
Long titleA bill for the prevention and removal of obstructions and burdens upon interstate commerce in grain, by regulating transactions on grain future exchanges, and for other purposes.
Enacted bythe 67th United States Congress
EffectiveSeptember 21, 1922
Public law67-331
Statutes at Large42 Stat. 998
Titles amended7 U.S.C.: Agriculture
U.S.C. sections amended7 U.S.C. ch. 1 § 1
Legislative history
United States Supreme Court cases
Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. Olsen, 262 U.S. 1 (1923)

The bill that became the Grain Futures Act was introduced in the United States Congress two weeks after the US Supreme Court declared the Futures Trading Act of 1921 unconstitutional in Hill v. Wallace 259 U.S. 44 (1922).[1] The Grain Futures Act was held to be constitutional by the US Supreme Court in Board of Trade of City of Chicago v. Olsen 262 US 1 (1923).

In 1936 it was revised into the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). The act was further superseded in 1974 by establishing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In 1982 the Commodity Futures Trading Commission created the National Futures Association (NFA).

See also


  1. Markham, Jerry The history of Commodity futures Trading and its Regulation, 13
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