Dairy cows on pasture

NOP Requests Input on Information Collection Requirements of Origin of Livestock Rule

USDA National Organic Program published a Federal Register Notice requesting public input on the information collection requirements created by the Origin of Livestock final rule. The final rule clarified that organic dairy operations may transition nonorganic animals to organic production once—after that, any animals added to an operation must have been organically managed from the last third of gestation. NOP is seeking public comment on the burdens, costs, and other effects of the information collection required by the final rule, which adds a process by which organic operations may request a variance, or exception, from certain livestock sourcing requirements. Online comments are encouraged during the 60-day comment period, which will close on June 26, 2023.