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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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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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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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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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NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee Discussion on NOSB Technical Support Initiative - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary regarding the NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee Discussion on NOSB Technical Support Initiative.

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NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee (CACS) Proposal on Discussion on Oversight Improvements to Deter Fraud: Modernization of Supply Chain Traceability - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary regarding the NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee (CACS) Proposal on Discussion on Oversight Improvements to Deter Fraud: Modernization of Supply Chain Traceability.

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MOSA Commentary

NOSB Crops, Livestock, and Handling Subcommittee 2024 Sunset Reviews - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the NOSB Crops, Livestock, and Handling Subcommittee 2024 Sunset Reviews.

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NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal: Highly Soluble Nitrogen Fertilizers - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal: Highly Soluble Nitrogen Fertilizers.

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USDA Proposed Amendments to the National List- MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary letter to the USDA NOP regarding proposed amendments to the National List.

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Industry News

USDA Origin of Livestock Final Rule for Organic Dairy Published in Federal Register

The USDA has published the highly anticipated Origin of Livestock (OOL) final rule for organic dairy in the Federal Register. Webinar scheduled for April 20.

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MOSA Commentary

USDA NOP Regulatory Prioritization Letter - MOSA Commentary

Attached is MOSA's commentary letter to the USDA NOP. The letter addresses their "request for comment" regarding regulatory priorities for their upcoming work. Our priority suggestions come from a survey of our staff and feedback from our certified clients.

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Industry News

USDA Amends the National List for Organic Crops and Handling

USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List for crops and handling based on public input and October 2019 NOSB recommendations. This final rule adds two substances to the list allowed for organic crop production.

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MOSA News

MOSA Client 2022 Update Forms and Fees are Due April 1

MOSA clients need to submit their update application documents and fees by April 1.

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting 2022

Comment Period Open through April 1, 2022

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USDA Amends the National List for Organic Handling, Crops, and Livestock Final Rule Published

USDA published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the National List for substances scheduled to sunset in 2022, based on NOSB recommendations and public input.

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Industry News

Benchmarking project offers certified organic and organic transition farmers scholarships for farm business management

FBM educators work with farmers to complete annual enterprise budgets, balance sheets, cash-flow plans and projected profitability statements. These financial statements can be used by individuals to make strategic decisions that will help the farm business remain sustainable.

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Industry News

USDA National Organic Program Regulatory Priorities Listening Session

USDA intends to use information received through public comments to guide the prioritization of future organic standards development. The virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2022, from 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time.

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Crops and Handling - Comment Period Open

USDA has published a proposed rule to amend the National List. The proposal would allow paper pots for use as a planting aid in organic crop production and low-acyl gellan gum as a thickener, gelling agent, or stabilizer in organic food processing. The comment period will close on April 4, 2022.

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USDA Shares 2021 Peer Review Report and NOP Response

NOP has published the 2021 Peer Review Report and our response to the review. The 2021 report recommends one area of improvement: risk impartiality analysis.

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Industry News

Quarterly Update: NOP Enforcement Dashboard

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published the first quarter enforcement dashboard for fiscal year 2022. The dashboard provides an at-a-glance update on our enforcement activities for the 12 months ending December 31, 2021 (January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2021).

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Industry News

Organic Certification Cost Share Deadline Extended to February 4, 2022

The annual certification cost share application deadline has been extended to 2/4/2022. There is still time to apply for your 2020 - 2021 organic certification cost share rebate.

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Industry News

Deadline Extended to Apply for Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline for agricultural producers who are certified organic, or transitioning to organic, to apply for the Organic and Transitional Education and Certification Program (OTECP).

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USDA Builds Pandemic Support for Certified Organic and Transitioning Operations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide pandemic assistance to cover certification and education expenses to agricultural producers who are certified organic or transitioning to organic. Deadline to apply has been extended to Feb. 4, 2022.

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Deadline for Producers to Apply for Organic Certification Cost Share: November 1, 2021

Nov. 1 is the deadline for organic farmers and ranchers to apply to be reimbursed for up to 50% of organic certification costs through the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Organic Certification Cost Share Program.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary to the USDA NOP Re: 2022 Sunset Review Materials.

Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the USDA NOP proposal for 2022 Sunset Review Materials.

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Industry News

Organic Human Capital Capacity Building Projects Announced

USDA announced funding of $1.73 million for nine projects to improve the oversight capacity of the organic industry by supporting and expanding the pool of qualified inspectors, reviewers, and other professionals who oversee organic production.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Discussion Document: Excluded Methods Fall 2021

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Discussion Document: Excluded Methods Fall 2021.

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MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Discussion Document: Oversight Improvements to Deter Fraud: Modernization of Organic Traceability Infrastructure

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Discussion Document: Oversight Improvements to Deter Fraud: Modernization of Organic Traceability Infrastructure.

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MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Discussion Document: Public Comment Process

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Discussion Document: Public Comment Process.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Proposal re: Ammonia Extract Petitioned

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Proposal: Ammonia Extract Petitioned.

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MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Proposal Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film Annotation Change

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Proposal Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film Annotation Change.

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MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Sodium Nitrate Petition

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Petition Document re: Sodium Nitrate.

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MOSA Commentary on the Fall 2021 NOSB Discussion Document: Climate Change Initiatives

The Fall 2021 NOSB Meeting is scheduled for October 13-21. Attached is MOSA's Public Commentary Letter regarding the NOSB Discussion Document: Climate Change Initiatives.

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Fall 2021 Meeting- Comment Period Open

National Organic Standards Board Fall 2021 Meeting Now Virtual. Comment Period Open Until Sept. 30.

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Industry News

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program

USDA’s Pandemic Response and Safety Grant Program provides approximately $650 million in funding to help eligible small producers and businesses recover costs incurred by responding to the pandemic.

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Crops, Livestock and Handling Comment Period Now Open

USDA today published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List for crops, livestock and handling based on recommendations from the NOSB after completing the 2022 Sunset Review. The comment period will close on October 25, 2021.

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National List 2021 and 2022 Sunset Review Notice Addressing NOSB Recommendations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will publish a Federal Register Notice announcing the outcome of the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) 2021 and 2022 Sunset Reviews of substances.

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Organic Certification Cost Share Program is Now Open for Applications

The USDA/FSA Organic Certification Cost Share Program is now open for applications.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comments to the USDA NOP re: Proposed Rule on Origin of Livestock

Attached are MOSA's Comments to the USDA NOP regarding the Proposed Rule on Origin of Livestock.

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USDA Amends the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The USDA today published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the National List based on public input and the April 2019 NOSB recommendations.

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Industry News

Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices Final Rule

USDA intends to reconsider the prior Administration’s interpretation that the Organic Foods Production Act does not authorize USDA to regulate the practices that were the subject of the 2017 Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule.

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Action Alert

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.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary on the Proposed rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited substances (National List)

MOSA Commentary on the Proposed rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited substances (National List- fatty alcohol, sodium hypochlorite. and remove dairy cultures).

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Industry News

NOP Launches New Spanish Resources Web Page

The new resource repository includes Spanish translations of the Organic Foods Production Act, organic regulations, the NOP Handbook and a variety of other fact sheets, videos and training resources.

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Human Capital Capacity Building Initiative

The National Organic Program (NOP) is launching a Human Capital Capacity Building Initiative to address the shortage of well-qualified organic inspectors and reviewers, improve oversight capacity, and continue to ensure integrity in the organic market.

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Industry News

Quarterly Update: USDA NOP Enforcement Dashboard

The National Organic Program (NOP) has published the fiscal year 2021, second quarter enforcement dashboard. This dashboard provides an at-a-glance update on our enforcement activities for the 12 months ending March 31, 2021 (April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021).

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Industry News

USDA Seeks Comments on Food System Supply Chains in Response to President Biden’s Executive Order

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the USDA is seeking comments on a Department-wide effort to improve and reimagine the supply chains for the production, processing and distribution of agricultural commodities and food products.

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Industry News

Spring Edition of IFOAM North America's Cultivated Quarterly Newsletter

Spring Edition of IFOAM North America's Cultivated Quarterly Newsletter

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Spring 2021 NOSB Meeting Starts this Week

Public Comments, Board Discussion and Presentations Scheduled Over Five Days

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USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. USDA’s Farm Service Agency is currently accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications.

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Industry News

USDA Seeks Four Nominees for National Organic Standards Board

USDA seeks nominations of qualified individuals for four open seats on the NOSB. Each member serves a five-year term and represents specific sectors of the organic community.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Crops, Livestock, and Handling Subcommittees Sunset Reviews

Attached is the MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Crops, Livestock, and Handling Subcommittees Sunset Reviews

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MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 Proposal: Human Capital: Strategy for Recruitment and Talent Management- Organic Inspectors and Reviewers

Attached is the MOSA Commentary on the Compliance, Accreditation, & Certification Subcommittee (CACS) Spring 2021 Proposal: Human Capital: Strategy for Recruitment and Talent Management- Organic Inspectors and Reviewers

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MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Discussion Document: Human Capital Management - Supporting the Work of the NOSB

Attached is the MOSA Commentary on the Compliance, Accreditation, & Certification Subcommittee (CACS) Spring 2021 Discussion Document: Human Capital Management - Supporting the Work of the NOSB

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MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal: Biodegradable biobased mulch annotation change

Attached is the MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal: Biodegradable biobased mulch annotation change

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MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Proposal for Paper-Based Crop Planting Aids

Attached is the MOSA Commentary on the Spring 2021 NOSB Proposal for Paper-Based Crop Planting Aids

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List & Request to Review Lithothamnion

USDA has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances & for the NOSB to review Lithothamnion.

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OTA Sunset Surveys

This year, over 30 substances currently allowed on the National List for organic production and processing are re-reviewed by the NOSB as part of the Sunset Review process. The Organic Trade Association has launched a new set of Sunset Surveys to help to facilitate a robust comment process.

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NOSB Spring 2021 Meeting Public Commentary Now Open

The public comment period is now open for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2021 Meeting. Interested parties are encouraged to review the online meeting materials and provide feedback on topics included on the agenda.

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MOSA News

MOSA Wins USDA NOP Director's Award

For our outstanding contributions to work in organic certification, MOSA has been awarded the 2021 National Organic Program Director’s Award.

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Industry News

USDA Publishes Final Rule for the Domestic Production of Hemp

The final rule is available for viewing in the Federal Register and will be effective on March 22, 2021.

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Industry News

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Livestock Producers

If you commercially raise animals for food, fur, fiber, or feathers, you may be eligible for assistance.

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MOSA News

MOSA Seeks Board of Directors Nominations

The MOSA Board of Directors helps guide policy and financial direction for our non-profit certification agency. MOSA particularly needs board members with strong organic farming, retail, legal, and/or financial backgrounds.

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Industry News

USDA Amends National List for Organic Crops & Handling

On November 5, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances based on public input and the October 2018 National Organic Standards Board recommendations.

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MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Material Subcommittee Proposal: Marine Macroalgae in Crop Fertility

MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Material Subcommittee.

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MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Crops Subcommittee Proposal: Wild, Native Fish for Liquid Fish Products

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Crops Subcommittee.

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MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Subcommittee Proposal on Paper-Based Crop Planting Aids

MOSA's Commentary Regarding the NOSB Subcommittee Proposal on Paper-Based Crop Planting Aids.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee re: Discussion Document: Human Capital Management

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA's Commentary regarding NOSB Crops Subcommittee Discussion Document: Biodegradable biobased mulch annotation change

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Crops Subcommittee.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Livestock and Crops Subcommittees re: Sunset 2022 EPA List 4 Inerts of Minimal Concern

MOSA's Commentary to the NOSB Livestock and Crops Subcommittees.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA's Comments on The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Proposed Rule

MOSA Commentary to the USDA NOP regarding our analysis of "The Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Proposed Rule".

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MOSA Commentary to the USDA NOP Regarding "Economic Impact Analysis for the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule".

This is the MOSA Commentary to the USDA NOP Regarding "Economic Impact Analysis for the Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule".

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MOSA News

Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is Now Accepting Applications

The Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) is now accepting applications for the 2020 program year. Due date is 10/31/2020.

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Industry News

USDA to Provide Additional Direct Assistance to Farmers and Ranchers Impacted by the Coronavirus

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

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MOSA News

Derecho Storm Damage Resources

Here are links to various resources to assist farmers recovering from derecho storm damage in Iowa.

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Deadline Approaching for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is Sept. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

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Action Alert

Your Help Needed to Save Organic Cost Share Funding

USDA Farm Service Agency announces major change to the Organic Certification Cost Share Program.

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Industry News

Quarterly Update: NOP Enforcement Dashboard

The National Organic Program has published the fiscal year 2020, third quarter enforcement dashboard. This dashboard provides an at-a-glance update on our enforcement activities for April – June 2020.

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NOP Memo to the NOSB

The National Organic Program (NOP) has sent a Memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) requesting that the NOSB facilitate a public discussion related to a Human Capital Strategy for Organic Inspectors and Reviewers.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA’s Statement on Racial Justice and a Path Towards Healing

We acknowledge that systemic discrimination exists within our farming and food production systems today. Our current systems and power structure continue to marginalize people of color. We must learn from, and work towards solutions that address these injustices.

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Action Alert

Strengthening Organic Enforcement Proposed Rule - Comment Period Begins Soon

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes amending the USDA organic regulations to strengthen oversight and enforcement of the production, handling, and sale of organic agricultural products.

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Action Alert

The National Organic Coalition NOC Seeks Feedback from Organic Farmers on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The National Organic Coalition NOC is seeking feedback from organic farmers on the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, the direct payment program from the USDA.

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Industry News

Organic Trade Association’s 2020 Organic Leadership Awards Features MOSA Client Meg Plucinski & More

Prestigious Leadership Awards this year will honor three organic farmers including MOSA's own Meg Plucinski and organic dairy pioneer Jim Wedeberg. For the first time, three recipients represent a diversity of farmers: small, large and cooperative.

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Action Alert

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). The proposed changes are based on April 2019 recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board.

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Industry News

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

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Industry News

USDA Seeks Five Nominees for National Organic Standards Board

The USDA seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Deadline June 1, 2020.

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Action Alert

Public Comment Needed for the Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices Final Rule

On April 23, 2020, the USDA published a Federal Register Notice requesting public comment on an Economic Analysis Report related to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule (published on January 19, 2017) and final rule withdrawal (published on March 13, 2018). DUE BY MAY 26.

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MOSA News

MOSA's Expedited Services Program Reinstated on a Case by Case Basis

Due to Covid-19 required office closure, some services may be delayed. We are still accepting new clients, and our Expedited Services Program is available on a case by case basis, but please call the MOSA office to ensure we are able to meet your needs on your timeline.

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Industry News

Farmer Support in The CARES Act

$20 billion allocated to Ag producers in the CARES Act

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Action Alert

Request for Comment on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Economic Analysis Report

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will publish a Federal Register Notice requesting public comment on an Economic Analysis Report related to the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. Comments open until May 26.

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MOSA Commentary

Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Crops, Livestock, and Handling Subcommittees Sunset Review Materials."

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MOSA Commentary

Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the discussion document "Biodegradable Biobased Mulch Film."

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MOSA Commentary

Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the discussion document "Fenbendazole."

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MOSA Commentary

Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the discussion document "Reclassification of L-Malic Acid."

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Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the discussion document "NOSB Research Priorities 2020."

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Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the proposal "Wild, Native Fish for Liquid Fish Products and Fish Oil."

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Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its Spring 2020 meeting online April 21-23. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the proposal "Paper Based Crop Planting Aids."

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Industry News

OFRF Organic Producer Survey

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) are collaborating with the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) to identify the research priorities of certified organic producers, as well as producers transitioning land to certified organic production.

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USDA Seeks Five Nominees for National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Industry News

Share Your Insight in SARE/CTIC/ASTA Cover Crop Survey

Farmer insights are now being sought for the sixth nationwide cover crop survey by SARE, the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) and the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA).

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MOSA News

On-Site Inspection Notice

To protect the health of our clients, inspectors and staff, MOSA has suspended most on-site inspections until 05/01/2020.

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting Logistics

With input from the Board and the organic community, we are modifying the NOSB Spring Meeting 2020 to be held live online, instead of in-person due to health and safety concerns.

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MOSA News

MOSA's Covid-19 Response Plan

MOSA's office is closed to walk-in traffic and in-person meetings until September 1, but we are fully operational and will provide our high level of certification services by phone or email. Please call us at (608) 637-2526 or email mosa@mosaorganic.org with any service needs.

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Industry News

NEW: NOP Enforcement Dashboard

Effective enforcement of the National Organic Standards hinges on effective communication with thousands of certifiers, farmers, businesses and the entire organic community. We have long provided regular enforcement updates and a quarterly roll-up of numbers related to the enforcement process.

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Industry News

Organic Advisory Council Nominations Sought Through March 20

Nominations are being accepted for four seats on the Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council, a group that helps guide organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations are due March 20, 2020.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comment to the USDA NOP Regarding The Addition of Blood Meal—Made With Sodium Citrate to the National List

Attached is the MOSA Comment to the USDA NOP Regarding The Addition of Blood Meal—Made With Sodium Citrate to the National List.

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Organic Producers Asked to Weigh in on U.S. Organic Research Agenda

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) and Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) released the first phase of a national survey to gather input from organic farmers and ranchers on their top challenges.

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​National Organic Standards Board Spring 2020 Meeting Announced

​The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2020 Meeting has been scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Arlington, VA.

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Industry News

Regeneration Midwest Job Announcement

Regen MW and the Agroecology and Rural Economic Research Corps (ARERC or ‘RRC’) seeks to hire six state representatives for a major two-year, community-led study of Midwest food systems.

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IFOAM North America Seeks New Regional Body Coordinator

IFOAM North America is a new regional body of the world’s first international organization for organic agriculture. IFOAM is looking for a Regional Body Coordinator to coordinate communications and education.

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Industry News

USDA Announces New Members of the National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the appointment of five new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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MOSA News

Important Cost Share Update for Wisconsin Certified Organic Operations

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WIDATCP) has announced they've extended the Organic Certification Cost Share application deadline to 12/31/2019.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA's Comments on the Reopened Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule

Attached are MOSA's Comments to the USDA National Organic Program regarding the reopened 2015 Origin of Livestock Proposed Rule.

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Industry News

Organic Hemp Instruction Updated

The National Organic Program updated NOP 2040: Instruction on Organic Certification of Industrial Hemp. The updated instruction applies to all USDA-accredited certifying agents and replaces the August 2016 version of NOP 2040.

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Industry News

USDA Publishes Response to April 2019 NOSB Recommendations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the April 2018 recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board.

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Industry News

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Crops and Handling

This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the USDA's organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Industry News

2019 National List Sunset Review Notice Published

A Federal Register Notice announcing the 2019 National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances Sunset Review is now available.

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Industry News

Organic Dairy Compliance Course Now Available

A new course on Organic Dairy Compliance is now available in the free, online Organic Integrity Learning Center. The course provides an overview of the USDA organic livestock standards with a special focus on dairy operations.

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Fall NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Pittsburg, PA on October, 23-25 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the proposal "Use of Excluded Method Vaccines in Organic Livestock Production."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Fall NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Pittsburg, PA on October, 23-25 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding the proposal "Genetic Integrity Transparency of Seed Grown on Organic Land."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Fall NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Pittsburg, PA on October, 23-25 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Paper Plant Pots and Other Crop Production Aids."

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Industry News

Open Enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program Ends Sept. 20

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) opened enrollment for the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program on June 17 and has started issuing payments to producers who purchased coverage. Producers can enroll through Sept. 20, 2019.

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Announcing the Launch of OMRI's Bilingual Website

OMRI is pleased to announce the launch of our bilingual English/Spanish website at OMRI.org!

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Industry News

​NOSB Fall 2019 Meeting Materials Available

The USDA-NOP has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting which will be held in Pittsburgh, PA, October 23 - 25, 2019.

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MOSA News

MOSA Late Season Application Policy Statement (Effective 2019-08-19)

​MOSA is not able to accept new applications for most crop operations due to reviewer and inspector commitments for the remainder of the 2019 growing season.

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Industry News

USDA Designates 21 Wisconsin Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 21 Wisconsin counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to winterkill, rain, freezing rain, cold and snow that occurred between Jan. 1 and May 31, 2019, may be eligible for (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.

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Industry News

What’s in your milk? Choose organic for the cleanest milk, says new study

Non-organic milk tests positive for illegal antibiotics, high levels of growth hormones and controversial pesticide contaminants.

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Industry News

​NOP Publishes Letter on Organic Crop Container Systems

USDA-NOP clarifies that the Organic Food Production Act requirements related to the three-year transition period apply to all container systems built and maintained on land.

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​U.S. organic sales hit $52.5 billion mark in 2018

The U.S organic market in 2018 broke through the $50 billion mark, with sales hitting a record $52.5 billion, up 6.3 percent from the previous year.

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Certification Cost Share Funding Available Now

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP).

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Industry News

​USDA Seeks Five Nominees for the National Organic Standards Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Deadline for nominations is May 20, 2019.

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Industry News

Update from the USDA-NOP Regarding Ready-to-use Shiitake Mushroom Spawn

The original deadline for removal of noncompliant, previously-approved ready-to-use shiitake mushroom spawn from organic system plans was May 1, 2019. The new deadline is August 1, 2019.​

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​USDA Amends National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has published a final rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances based on public input and the November 2017 National Organic Standards Board recommendations for livestock and handling.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces New Grass-Fed Certification Services for Dairy and Beef

MOSA is proud to announce our accreditation to certify to the Grass-Fed Dairy and Grass-Fed Meat Standards administered by Organic Plus Trust, Inc (OPT).

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Spring NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Proposal on Strengthening the Organic Seed Guidance."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Spring NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Marine Materials in Organic Crop Production."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Spring NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Excluded Methods- Embryo Transfer."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Spring NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Use of Excluded Method Vaccines in Organic Livestock Production."

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MOSA Commentary

2019 Spring NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019. Attached is MOSA's commentary to the NOSB regarding "Paper Plant Pots and other Crop Production Aids."

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MOSA News

Resources for Organic Farmers in Flooded Areas

Spring flooding in many areas of the Midwest, Central and Southern Plains may require action from certified organic farmers.

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Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board Meeting Announced

​The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet in Seattle, Washington on April 24-26, 2019.

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Industry News

USDA NOP Update Regarding Ready-To-Use Spawn Products

Effective May 1, 2019, ready-to-use spawn products must now be certified organic in order to be able to produce organic mushrooms.

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Industry News

​NOP Amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances

On December 27th, 2018 the National Organic Program (NOP) published a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The rule changes the use restrictions for 17 substances and adds 16 new substances.

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​NOP shuttered due to government shutdown

All USDA activities funded through discretionary appropriations--including the National Organic Program (NOP)--are shut down, and will cease to operate until funding legislation is signed into law.

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Industry News

Wins on Organic Research, Import Enforcement in 2018 Farm Bill

Wins on organic research, import enforcement in 2018 Farm Bill are shadowed by changes to the National Organic Standards Board

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Industry News

USDA Compliance and Enforcement Updates

The USDA NOP has announced new enforcement updates.

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Industry News

GRO Research for Soil Health + Climate Change

Climate change is collectively our most pressing issue and there has never been a better time to weigh-in on why organic is part of the solution.

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Spring 2019 Meeting

National Organic Standards Board Spring 2019 Meeting has April 24 - 26, 2019 Where: Renaissance Seattle Hotel 515 Madison Street Seattle, WA, 98104-1119 (206) 583-0300

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Action Alert

​YOUR HELP IS NEEDED ON THE FARM BILL

Contact your Senator or Representative today about organic in the Farm Bill. Legislators need to know that we care about organic programs and want to see progress in the Farm Bill on organic.

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Industry News

Update on Paper Chain Planting Pots

The USDA-NOP is extending the allowed use of paper pots until further notice.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB proposal: Training and Oversight of Inspector and Certification Reviewer Personnel.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB proposal: Strengthening the Organic Seed Guidance.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB proposal: Genetic Integrity Transparency of Seed Grown on Organic Land.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB proposal: Developing Criteria for Risk-based Accreditation Oversight.

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MOSA Commentary

2018 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB proposal: NOSB Crops Subcommittee Petitioned Material Discussion Document: Paper Planting Pots.

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Industry News

NOSB Fall 2018 Meeting Materials Available

The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall meeting.

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Industry News

​National Organic Standards Board Fall 2018 Meeting

The NOSB Fall 2018 Meeting Agenda and Call for Public Comments has been announced.

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Action Alert

Farm Bill Alert: Organic Needs Your Support

Now is the time to communicate with your House and Senate Farm Bill Conferees about the issues that will impact organic agriculture in the Farm Bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is urging House and Senate Ag Committee leaders to have a Conference Report ready soon after Labor Day.

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Industry News

USDA NOP Issues Temporary Variance

Counties in Colorado declared as primary or contiguous drought disaster areas by Secretary Perdue in calendar year 2018.

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MOSA News

​MOSA Certification for Stellar Certified Operations

Stellar Certification Services, a branch of Demeter Association, Inc., has announced it will cease USDA NOP Certification Services as of July 31, 2018. MOSA Certified Organic may be able to assist Stellar Clients with new certification services.

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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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MOSA News

MOSA Certified Organic Announces New Board Members

MOSA Certified Organic announces the election of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining current members Luke Zahm, Mary Benson, and Keith Ashley-Wright are Lizzie Hayward, Altfrid Krusenbaum, Beth Unger, and Carla Wright.

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comment to the NOP on National List Changes

MOSA Commentary to the NOP regarding National List Changes

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2018 Meeting Materials Published

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Tuscon, AZ, April 25-27, 2018.

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Industry News

Withdrawal of Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

USDA has announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017.

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Action Alert

Organic Certification Cost-Share at Risk

The organic certification cost-share program helps organic farms stay in business and is especially important for small and mid-size farms. Call your Senators and Your Representative TODAY to urge support for organic certification cost-share!

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Industry News

Regeneration International Midwest Alliance

Regeneration International and our partner organizations hosted a meeting at the MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to gauge interest in forming a 12-state Regeneration Midwest Alliance in the heart of America’s “breadbasket.”

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MOSA News

MOSA Commentary to the USDA Regarding Withdrawal of the OLPP Proposed Rule

MOSA is strongly opposed to the withdrawal of the proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule. Withdrawal would be a great disservice to the organic community - a community soundly rooted in process and committed to the advancement of the USDA organic seal.

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Industry News

National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)

This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of USDA’s organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

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Industry News

National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting

AMS-USDA is announcing the spring 2018 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The in-person meeting will take place at the Tucson University Park Hotel in Tucson, Arizona from April 25-April 27.

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Action Alert

USDA Declares Intention to Withdraw Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

USDA published notice in the Federal Register this week that it intends to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule. The notice opens a public comment period that is open through Jan. 17, 2018.

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MOSA News

OLPP Final Rule has been Delayed

​The USDA AMS has announced the delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule until May 14, 2018.

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Discussion ​"​Field​ ​and​ ​Greenhouse​ ​Container Production".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's Commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Hydroponics​ ​and​ ​Container-Growing Recommendations".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Compliance,​ ​Accreditation​ ​and​ ​Certification​ ​Subcommittee​ ​Proposal:​ ​Excluded Operations​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Supply​ ​Chain".

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall 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

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

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

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Fall NOSB Meeting

MOSA's commentary on the NOSB Proposal "Strengthening Seed Guidance".

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MOSA News

MOSA has Updated our Imported Grain Policy

Notice Regarding Requirements for Approval of Grain Shipments Imported from Eastern Europe and non-EU member states. MOSA has updated our official policy as of September 27, 2017.

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Industry News

NOSB Fall Meeting Materials and Agenda

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall meeting, to be held in Jacksonville, FL, October 31-November 2, 2017.

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MOSES Releases New Recordkeeping Workbook

Building Bridges between Crop Insurance and Organic System Reporting is a new resource from MOSES that can help you track field information and more to make certification and crop insurance claims easier to manage.

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Industry News

OTA Exhibitor Co-pay Available for Biofach 2018

The Organic Trade Association will once again host a pavilion at the Biofach Organic Trade Show in Nuremberg, Germany scheduled for Feb 14-17, 2018. If you promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume, you may qualify for an exhibitor copay of $600.

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Certified Organic Handler Survey

​A new research study, The Relationship between Handlers and Farmers in the Organic Sector, led by Haley Baron and sponsored by Professor Carolyn Dimitri of New York University requests input from certified organic handlers nationwide.

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MOSA News

MOSA Announces Deadline for 2017 New Crop Applicants

Due to the requirement to inspect crops during the growing season, and a typical 90 day process for certification, all new crop applications for 2017 must be received on or before August 15. After this date, all accepted crop applications will be assessed an expedited service fee.

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MOSA News

2017 Sunset Review Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published the Sunset 2017 final rule.

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MOSA News

MOSA Certified Organic Announces New Imported Grain Policy

​MOSA has Updated our Policy and the Requirements for Approval of Grain Shipments Imported from Eastern Europe and non-EU Member States

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Comment on the OLPP 2nd Proposed Rule

MOSA's commentary on the delay and possible revision of the OLPP rule.

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MOSA News

Call for Nominations to Serve on NOSB

USDA seeks nominations to fill one vacancy for an individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation to serve on the NOSB from January 2018 to January 2023.

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MOSA News

Training Webinar for Organic Handlers:

On June 14, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) is holding a one-hour training webinar for organic handlers. The topic is Organic Integrity in the Supply Chain.

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Industry News

Rodale's Veteran Farmer Training Program Accepting Applications

Rodale Institute's Veteran Farmer Training Program provides 100% hands-on, personalized training in areas such as animal husbandry, vegetable production, research, and more!

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Action Alert

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices: Second Proposed Rule and Notice of Delay in Effective Date

Two Notices about the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule appear in the Federal Register today. Public comments open until June 9. The effective date for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule is delayed until November 14, 2017.

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Industry News

New Dane County Pilot Program to Incentivize Organic Certification

In an effort to promote economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and the public health and safety of Dane County, WI residents, Dane County is piloting an Organic Conversion Incentive Program.

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Industry News

2017 CTIC-SARE-ASTA Cover Crop Survey

Thank you for choosing to share your perspective on cover crops. Whether you plant them now, used to plant them, or never tried... your insight is important to us.

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Industry News

USDA NIFA Announces Release of FY17 Food Safety Outreach Program RFA

USDA-NIFA is pleased to release the FY 2017 Food Safety Outreach Program Request for Applications (RFA). This program provides funding for food safety training and education for small and mid-sized producers, processors, and wholesalers affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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Action Alert

Contact Your Members of Congress about Organic Animal Welfare Standards

On January 18, 2017, the USDA finalized long-awaited animal welfare standards​ for animals raised under the organic label. But now the House and Senate Appropriations Committees may block the new rule. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees need to hear from us.

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Industry News

​Farm Production Recordkeeping Workbook Now Available from MOSES

MOSES has created a workbook with record­keeping forms that can be used both for crop insurance and organic certification—a valuable way to optimize your recordkeeping time when you are participating in both of these programs

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

Supporting Document for MOSA Commentary on Sunset Materials

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on NOSB Sunset Materials

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal Strengthening the Organic Seed Guidance (NOP 5029)

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal for Personnel Evaluations for Inspectors

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Discussion Document Eliminating the Incentive to Convert Native Ecosystems to Organic Production

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Discussion Document Clarifying “emergency” for use of synthetic parasiticides in organic livestock production

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA comment on Discussion Document Aeroponic Hydroponic Aquaponic

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MOSA Commentary

2017 Spring NOSB Meeting

MOSA Comment on Proposal- Ancillary Substances Permitted in Cellulose

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Industry News

Nomination period open for WI Organic Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming and food in Wisconsin. Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2017.

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Industry News

Organic Foods Found in Over 80 percent of U.S. Households

State data shows organic in the kitchens of over 80 percent of U.S. households. OTA releases state-by-state data showing more households – urban and rural -- choosing organic.

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MOSA News

USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted meeting materials and an updated agenda for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Denver, CO, April 19-21, 2017. Documents are posted on the Spring 2017 NOSB meeting webpage.

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MOSA News

USDA extends comment period for organic check-off proposal

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has extended the comment period for the Organic Research, Promotion, and Information Order proposed rule from March 20 until April 19.

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MOSA News

2019 SUNSET SURVEYS

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. Your feedback is needed.

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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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MOSA News

USDA AMS Delays Final Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices

​The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is delaying the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule by 60 days to May 19, 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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MOSA News

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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MOSA News

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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MOSA News

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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MOSA News

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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MOSA News

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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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Materials Review

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MOSA Commentary

NOP Draft Guidance

Treated Lumber

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Seed Guidance and GMO Incursion

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Excluded Methods Terminiology

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Bioponics

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Personnel Performance Evaluations

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MOSA Commentary

2016 Fall NOSB Meeting

Soy Wax

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MOSA Commentary

MOSA Commentary- 2016 NOSB Fall Meeting

Container and Greenhouse Production

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