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. The proposed Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order would cover certified organic products and would include a range of agricultural commodities, such as fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, poultry, breads, grains, snack foods, condiments, beverages, and packaged and prepared foods. It would also include non-food items, such as textiles, personal care products, pet food, and flowers. Organic imports - both those certified under the USDA organic regulations and those entering the U.S. under an organic equivalency arrangement - would also be covered.

The "Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order" proposed rule and its accompanying proposed referendum procedures are available in the Federal Register.

Public comments on these Proposed Rules will be accepted from January 18 to March 20, 2017; submit your comments through, under docket number AMS-SC-16-0112.