NOP Tag

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its spring meeting virtually, April 26-28, 2022. The NOSB invites public comment, both written and oral, on its agenda topics. To be considered during the Spring 2022 Meeting, written comments must be received by April 1, 2022. Oral comment speaking slots are limited to the number that can be heard during the two webinar days, which are April 19 and 21, 2022. Registration for these slots is first-come, first-served until comment slots are full. The comment webinar and meeting are open to the public....

USDA is seeking stakeholder feedback on regulatory priorities for the development of clear organic standards that support a level playing field and market development. A listening session to gather input virtually is scheduled for March 21, 2022, from 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time. The deadline to sign up to make oral comments during the virtual meeting is February 28, 2022. The deadline to submit written comments is March 30, 2022. USDA believes including a variety of perspectives in developing NOP priorities will lead to a regulatory agenda that best supports all those it serves....

USDA announced the appointment of four new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The new members will serve 5-year terms on the 15 member board. New appointees are Liz Graznak of Missouri in an an environmental protection and resource conservation seat, Allison Johnson of California in a public interest or consumer interest group seat, Dr. Dilip Nandwani of Tennessee in the scientist seat, and Javier Zamora of California in a farmer seat....

USDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which identifies the synthetic substances allowed and the natural substances prohibited in organic farming. The proposed changes are based on October 2020 and April 2021 recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board. This proposed rule would allow paper pots for use as a planting aid in organic crop production; allow low-acyl gellan gum for use as a thickener, gelling agent, or stabilizer in organic food processing; and correct a spelling error on the National List to change "wood resin" to "wood...