Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule has Reopened for Public Comment

The Origin of Livestock proposed rule has reopened for public comment. The original rule was published April 28, 2015, and fell inactive for a few years, then a second comment period was opened in 2019, and now a third comment period is open until 7/12/2021. All interested parties now have this additional opportunity to comment on the movement of transitioned animals, the terminology for the regulated entity, the implementation timeframe, the accuracy of the estimates in the Regulatory Impact Analysis, and possible exceptions to the transition allowance. Comments previously submitted do not need to be submitted again; they are already incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in any future final rule. We are pleased to see movement on this rule and are hopeful for a final rule.

Please read the letter and attached documents for a summary of the proposed changes and specific questions, and for directions to submit comments to the National Organic Program (NOP).