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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 Commentary

Proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's Commentary Letter to the USDA NOP regarding the Proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards.

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MOSA Commentary

NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal on Potassium Hydroxide as a production aid in the production of liquid fish products - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary letter regarding the Fall 2022 NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal on Potassium Hydroxide as a production aid in the production of liquid fish products.

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Industry News

NOSB Fall 2022 Meeting Meeting Materials Available

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) generally meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. These recommendations help the Department develop and refine the organic standards. The NOSB plans to meet in Sacramento, California in October 2022.

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Industry News

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

USDA is asking the public to comment on options to revise the National List, including several derived from NOSB recommendations. The public comment period closes on November 1, 2022.

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Industry News

USDA to Invest up to $300 million in New Organic Transition Initiative

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced details of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) $300 million investment, including with American Rescue Plan funds, in a new Organic Transition Initiative to provide comprehensive support for farmers transitioning to organic production.

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Industry News

USDA Publishes Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards Proposed Rule

With this publication, USDA proposes requirements for organic poultry and livestock living conditions, care, transport, and slaughter. 60-Day Comment Period Opens with Publication.

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Industry News

Quarterly Update: NOP Enforcement Dashboard

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published the third quarter enforcement dashboard for fiscal year 2022. The dashboard provides an at-a-glance update on our enforcement activities for the 12 months ending June 30, 2022 (July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022).

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting 2022

The NOSB will meet in Sacramento, California in October 2022. Comment Period Open through September 29, 2022.

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Industry News

USDA Accepting Applications for 2022 Organic Certification Cost Share & OTECP

Certified organic producers and handlers and operations transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the USDA Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP) and Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), both due October 31, 2022.

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Industry News

USDA Extends Deadline to June 15 for Public to Comment on Competition Challenges in Seed, Fertilizer, Other Agricultural Inputs, and Retail Markets

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces a 30-day extension to the public comment period to identify the impacts of concentration and competition challenges in seed, fertilizer, other agricultural inputs, and retail markets. The new deadline is June 15, 2022.

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Action Alert

USDA Survey on Third-party Food Safety Certification

If you operate a certified organic farm growing vegetables, fruit, or nuts, or are considering organic certification for your farm, then we would be grateful if you would answer our short 10-minute survey on third-party food safety certification.

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MOSA Commentary

NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee (CACS) Proposal on NOP Risk Mitigation Table Review - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary regarding the NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee (CACS) Proposal on NOP Risk Mitigation Table Review.

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