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Stay in touch with developments at MOSA, including our commentary on NOSB and USDA NOP proposals, and news about the organic industry.

MOSA News

USDA Comment Periods Extended

​The USDA AMS is extending the comment period for the Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19, 2017 and the comment period for the draft guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products by 60 days to April 7, 2017.

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Industry News

New Organic Meat Processing Plant to Open

Eric and Lisa Klein of Hidden Stream Farm plan to open a new USDA-inspected, certified organic meat processing plant in southeastern Minnesota later this year.

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Industry News

USDA Organic Survey

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is collecting data on certified organic crops and livestock in the U.S.

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MOSA News

New NOSB Members Announced

USDA Appoints Five New Members to the NOSB

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Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking comments on a proposal for a new research and promotion program.

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FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations

FSMA Update- FDA Announces Draft Guidance to Help Sprout Operations Comply with Produce Safety Rule

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USDA Announces 2017 Sunset Review Proposed Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will publish in the Federal Register tomorrow a proposed rule to implement the 2017 sunset review recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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USDA AMS Announces the posting of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule.

Developed in close consultation with other Federal agencies, the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule sets clear standards for organic animals by adding specificity to the production and handling aspects of organic production, ensuring consistency and consumer transparency.

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NOP Notice of Draft Guidance (NOP 5037)​

The NOP published a notice of draft guidance for "Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products (NOP 5037)"in the Federal Register. Comments are due February 6th.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces New Renewal Application Deadlines for 2017

MOSA has changed our renewal application deadline for 2017. Current clients will need to submit their renewal materials by April 1, 2017.

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Industry News

Organic Valley Partners with Dean Foods

Organic Valley is partnering with Dean Foods to grow their fresh (HTST) milk business.

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Industry News

Pilgrim's Pride Acquires Gold 'n' Plump

Pilgrim’s Pride announced it would spend $350 million to buy GNP Company, which is heavily focused on processing organic chicken.

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