Deadline Approaching – Give your feedback to NOSB today!

Don’t miss out! Submit your feedback to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) before the October 8th deadline. The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB)* will meet October 26-29 in Stowe, Vermont, to review organic materials and standards. The long list of materials up for review by NOSB during this meeting includes humic acids, parasiticides, and colors used in processing. Your operation may be affected!

To advocate on your behalf, CCOF will submit comments on materials and standards. . .

. . . but NOSB needs to hear from you, too!

Advocate for and protect the integrity of organic standards by simply: 1) giving your feedback to NOSB via webinar during the meeting, or 2) submitting written comments to NOSB.

ACTION – Oral Comments

You can present oral comments to NOSB. Here’s how:

  1. Review the October 2015 NOSB Agenda summarized on CCOF’s website.
  2. Identify materials important to your operation that may be removed from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Look to see if any of the proposals and discussion documents up for review by NOSB pertain to your operation.
  3. Sign up to present oral testimony through an NOSB webinar (October 13 or October 20) or in-person at the NOSB meeting in Stowe, Vermont. The deadline for Oral Comment Registration is Thursday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.
  4. Use the oral comment template at the end of this action alert to help organize your oral comment.
  5. Present your comment on the day you selected!

ACTION – Written Comments

You can directly submit written comments to NOSB. Here’s how:

  1. Review the October 2015 NOSB Agenda summarized on CCOF’s website.
  2. Identify materials important to your operation that may be removed from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Look to see if any of the proposals and discussion documents up for review by NOSB pertain to your operation.
  3. Use the written comment template at the end of this action alert to help draft your written comment.
  4. Submit your comment at www.regulations.gov for docket number: AMS-NOP-15-0037-0001 (click on the “Comment Now!” button). The deadline for Written Comment is Thursday, October 8 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Let Us Know How It Went

We would like to hear from you. If you submit comments, let us know. You can reach us at policy@ccof.org. Thank you for your support!

Watch the NOSB Webinars Online

You don’t need to submit oral comments to watch the NOSB oral testimony webinars. You can listen to the webinars by calling the toll-free number (866) 740-1260 and entering access code 7202000.

You can also access the webinar via the web. Click on this link and enter the access code 7202000 in the “Participant-Join a Conference” box on the left side of the screen. The webinars will be held October 13 and 20, 2015, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Templates

Oral Comment Template

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the October 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting agenda.

My name is       [first name / last name]      . I am an organic       [farmer/rancher/handler/processor/consumer]      .
[Introduce yourself: If you are a farmer/rancher/processor/handler, tell the NOSB about your business. What do you grow, raise, process, or handle? What is the size and location of your operation? How long have you operated organically? If you are a consumer, tell NOSB about the importance of organic products in your life.]

I would like to comment on the following items detailed in the October 2015 NOSB meeting agenda:
[Choose one or both of the following paragraphs that apply to your comments]

  1. The NOSB proposal to remove the following material(s) from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances                                      .
    [List the materials on which you would like to comment. Tell NOSB why you support, or oppose, the removal of each material on your list. If applicable, tell NOSB how you use the material. How would the removal of the material from the National List impact your operation?]
  2. The following proposal(s) on the October 2015 NOSB meeting agenda                                      .
    [List the proposals on which you would like to comment. Tell NOSB why you support, or oppose, the implementation of each proposal. If applicable, how will the decision on the proposal impact your operation?]

Thank you for the opportunity to comment, as well as for NOSB’s work to maintain organic integrity. [If you are willing, let NOSB know that you are available to answer any questions and provide further clarification.]

Written Comment Template

Ms. Michelle Arsenault 
Advisory Committee Specialist
National Organic Standards Board
USDA–AMS–NOP
1400 Independence Ave. SW
Room 2642–So., Mail Stop 0268
Washington, DC 20250–0268

Docket: AMS-NOP-15-0037; NOP-15-11
Re: Notice of Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

[Month Day], 2015

Dear Ms. Arsenault and NOSB:

As an organic       [farmer/rancher/handler/processor/consumer]      , I thank you for the opportunity to comment on the October 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting agenda. 

[Introduce yourself: If you are a farmer/rancher/processor/handler, tell the NOSB about your business. What do you grow, raise, process, or handle? What is the size and location of your operation? How long have you operated organically? If you are a consumer, tell NOSB about the importance of organic products in your life.]

I am writing to comment on the following items detailed in the October 2015 NOSB meeting agenda:
[Choose one or both of the following paragraphs that apply to your comments]

  1. The NOSB proposal to remove the following material(s) from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances                                      .
    [List the materials on which you would like to comment. Tell NOSB why you support, or oppose, the removal of each material on your list. If applicable, tell NOSB how you use the material. How would the removal of the material from the National List impact your operation?]
  2. The following proposal(s) on the October 2015 NOSB meeting agenda                                      .
    [List the proposals on which you would like to comment. Tell NOSB why you support, or oppose, the implementation of each proposal. If applicable, how will the decision on the proposal impact your operation?]

Thank you for the opportunity to comment, as well as for NOSB’s work to maintain organic integrity. [If you are willing, let NOSB know that you are available to answer any questions and provide further clarification.]

Sincerely,

[First Name Last Name
Name of Operation
Address]

 

*Background Information on the NOSB:

NOSB advises the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing based on criteria under the Organic Foods Production Act. Generally, synthetic substances are prohibited unless specifically allowed and non-synthetic substances are allowed unless specifically prohibited. Exceptions to this rule are included in the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (the National List).

NOSB reviews every substance on the National List every five years. This review process is referred to as Sunset review. This year the substances on the original National List are up for review.

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