National Organic Program

2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, recommendations, and public comments, will be posted below as it becomes available, on or before Sep 12, 2017. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

Meeting Information:

USDA and the Federal Trade Commission Issue Agenda for Roundtable on Consumer Perceptions of Organic Claims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today announced the agenda for their upcoming joint-agency roundtable on consumer perceptions of organic claims for non-agricultural products. The event, first announced in August, will be held in Washington, DC, on Oct. 20, 2016.

USDA Publishes National Organic Standards Board Meeting Proposals and Discussion Documents

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted an updated agenda and other materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) fall meeting to be held in St. Louis, Mo., on Nov. 16 - 18, 2016.  The public is invited to provide comments that address specific topics noted on the meeting agenda.

September 2016 - Organic Integrity Quarterly

Table of Contents

1 - NOP’s Organic Control System

4 - Compliance & Enforcement/ Appeals Summary

5 - NOP Welcomes Stakeholders from Mexico Choctaw Organic Farms

6 - National List Updates; Upcoming NOSB Meetings

7 - Organic INTEGRITY Database; Market News: Growing its Reporting for You

8 - New Interactive Training for Certifiers and Inspectors; Certification System Framework

9 - NOP Staff Updates

10 - Program Handbook + Web Updates

Economic Impact Analysis of Proposed Regulations for Living Conditions for Organic Poultry

In September 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) contracted with Vukina et al. Consulting to conduct a regulatory impact analysis on proposed changes to living standards for organic poultry. Vukina et al. Consulting completed three major steps (or phases) to conduct work under this contract:

Poultry Living Conditions Economic Impact - Phase 3

This document contains the Phase 3 report with relevant data and results from the earlier phases. The objective of this Phase 3 report was to provide the regulatory impact assessment and regulatory flexibility analysis based on the earlier phases of the project.  The objective of this Phase 3 report was to provide a description of the benefits of the regulation, the costs of complying with the regulatory options, and the estimated economic impacts of the regulatory options.

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