USDA to Hold Meeting on Organic Food Production, Processing

November 28, 2016

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USDA to Hold Meeting on Organic Food Production, Processing
The USDA is hosting a meeting on organic food production and processing. Image courtesy of Oregon State Dept. of Agriculture.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is holding a public meeting in Denver, CO on April 19-21, 2017 to provide discuss organic production and processing issues, including changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced Monday.

The NOSB provides recommendations to the USDA on which substances should be allowed or not in organic production or handling and takes part in the formation of standards for organic production. A list of topics and current proposals that will be discussed at the meeting in Denver is available through the AMS’ website. Registration is not required to attend.

Members from the NOSB’s subcommittees on materials/genetically modified organisms (GMOs), crops, livestock, handling, policy development, and compliance, accreditation, and certification will hold presentations, discussions and votes.

Prior to the meeting, the NSOB is accepting public comments. Those submitting written comments can submit them until 11:59 p.m. EDT on March 30, 2017 at NOSB is also holding a webinar on April 13, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT for oral comments. Those wishing to provide oral comments in person at the meeting or online must register in advance of the deadline on March 30, 2017.  

The board meets twice annually to listen to public comments, discuss issues relating to organic agriculture, and vote on recommendations for consideration by the USDA National Organic Program.

For more information, visit the NOSB’s meeting page.

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