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. These actions are being taken in accordance with guidance issued Jan. 20, 2017, to ensure the new policy team has an opportunity to review the rules. This is similar to procedures issued by previous administrations.
Consistent with the Memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled, “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” this action delays the effective date for 60 days for the rule, Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. This rule, published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The rule was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017.
- Final Rule; Delay of Effective Date
- Federal Register notice – Delayed Effective Date
- Final Rule
- Supplemental Document with Analysis (pdf)
- Final Rule Questions and Answers (pdf)
- January 18, 2017 Webinar – Slides and Script (pdf)
- Press Release
- Blog - Supporting Organic Integrity with Clear Livestock and Poultry Standards
- At a Glance: Final Rule Iconographic
- Biosecurity Fact Sheet
- Proposed Rule