Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards

Docket Number: AMS-NOP-21-0073
Comments Due: October 11, 2022


The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions.

Listening Session

AMS will host a virtual listening session on August 19, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) to hear comments regarding this proposed rule. The deadline to register for oral comment is 11:59 p.m. ET, August 15, 2022. Access information will be published on the AMS website prior to the listening session.

Submit Comments

Interested persons may comment on this proposed rule using one of the following methods:

Oral Comments: Each person wishing to share an oral comment on the proposed rule must pre-register by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 15, 2022. Each commenter will be allotted a speaking slot during the virtual listening session. View instructions for registering for the listening session.

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Follow the instructions for submitting written comments. The deadline to submit written comments is 11:59 p.m. ET, October 11, 2022.

Mail: AMS strongly prefers comments be submitted electronically. However, written comments may be submitted (i.e., postmarked) via mail to Erin Healy, MPH., Director Standards Division, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-NOP, Room 2646-So., Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20250-0268. Mailed comments must be postmarked by October 11, 2022.

For access to the docket, including background documents and comments received, go to (search for docket “AMS-NOP-21-0073”). Comments submitted in response to this proposed rule will also be available for viewing in person at USDA-AMS, National Organic Program, Room 2646-South Building, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday (except official Federal holidays). Persons wanting to visit the USDA South Building to view comments received in response to this proposed rule are requested to make an appointment in advance by calling (202) 720-3252.


Erin Healy, MPH, Director of Standards Division, Telephone: (202) 720-3252; Email:

Supporting Documents

Listening Session Resources

Related Historical Documents

Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices