Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Organic Rules

USDA extends comment period for two organic rules

WASHINGTON — USDA values public comments as a vital step in the rule-making process. Public comments offer key insights to help USDA best understand and balance needs across the organic sector. In response to stakeholder requests, USDA is extending the public comment periods for the Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) and the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) on inert ingredients in pesticides for organic production.

Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards: Proposed Rule

This rule would change provisions in the USDA organic regulations for livestock handling and transport for slaughter; avian living conditions; livestock care and production practices; and mammalian living conditions.

Inert Ingredients in Pesticides for Organic Production: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

This notice asks the public to comment on options to update how the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) references inert ingredients in pesticides allowed for organic production.

How to Submit an Effective Comment

The National Organic Program (NOP) needs your perspective. The microlearning module linked below provides advice on how to write an effective public comment. Effective comments help USDA understand how proposals would affect your organic farm or business and balance needs across the organic market. NOP reviews the comments as they are received, so commenters are urged to submit their comments as soon as possible.

Source: Morning Ag Clips