National Organic Program

Poultry Living Conditions Economic Impact - Phase 2

This document contains the Phase 2 report, which is the economic impact analysis of the proposed rule. Relevant data and results summarized in this report are included in the economic impact analysis document delivered under Phase 3. The objective of this Phase 2 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.

Poultry Living Conditions Economic Impact - Phase 1

This document contains the Phase 1 report, which is a summary and evaluation of the baseline scope of the organic poultry and eggs industries. Relevant data summarized in this report are included in the baseline industry characterization section of the economic impact analysis document delivered under Phase 3. The objective of this Phase 1 report was to provide a summary and evaluation of the baseline scope of the organic poultry and eggs industries for use in conducting the economic impact analysis.

USDA Issues Interim Instruction on Organic Material Review; Invites Public Comments

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced the availability of an interim instruction document, NOP 3012: Material Review, intended for use by USDA accredited certifying agents.  This instruction specifies the criteria and process that certifying agents must follow when approving substances for use in organic production and handling.

USDA to Address Green Waste Compost Ruling

On June 20, 2016, a judicial decision from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published guidance titled Allowance of Green Waste in Organic Production Systems (NOP 5016) was a legislative rule subject to notice-and-comment rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA). The court prospectively vacated NOP 5016, effective on August 22, 2016, and grandfathered in compost purchased or used between 2010 and that date.

FTC and USDA to Host Roundtable to Examine Consumer Perceptions of “Organic” Claims for Non-Agricultural Products

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will co-host a roundtable in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 20, 2016, to help the agencies better understand how consumers perceive “organic” claims for non-agricultural products, such as personal care products.

At the roundtable, invited panelists, including consumer advocates, industry representatives, and academics, will discuss the following topics:

USDA Removes Substances from National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances in Organic Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a final rule removing five substances from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).  The substances will no longer be allowed in organic production or handling after Sept. 12, 2016.

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