NEWS + COMMENTARY

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

Industry News

USDA Names Jennifer Tucker Deputy Administrator for the National Organic Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of Dr. Jennifer Tucker as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP), part of the Marketing and Regulatory Programs mission area.

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Action Alert

Protect Organic Agriculture in the Farm Bill!

More than 140 organizations sent a letter to Chairman Pat Roberts, ranking member Debbie Stabenow and the Senate Agriculture Committee in support of organic agriculture. The groups call on the lawmakers to oppose changes in the farm bill that would undermine the National Organic Standards Board.

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Industry News

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016.

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Industry News

USDA Publishes 2018 Sunset Review Notice

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the renewal of 17 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to conclude the 2018 Sunset Review. The new sunset date for these substances is May 29, 2023.

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

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Industry News

USDA Appoints New Members to the National Organic Standards Board

USDA announced the appointment of two new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Action Alert

Proposed Farm Bill Weakens Organic Standards - Your Help is Needed!

The current Senate version of the Farm Bill weakens organic standards by undermining the authority of the National Organic Standards Board. Please contact your Senate Ag Committee Members to make your voices heard.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on: NOSB Sunset Materials.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Eliminating the Incentive to Convert Native Ecosystems to Organic Production."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Inspector Qualifications and Training."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB discussion "Protecting the Genetic Integrity of Seed Grown on Organic Land."

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Clarifying “emergency” for use of synthetic parasiticides in organic livestock production."

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