Deadline Extended to Submit Proposals on a New Organic Promotion Order

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extended the deadline for the public to submit alternative or partial proposals on a new industry-funded organic promotion order until July 20, 2015.

The USDA will consider the submitted proposals prior to publishing a proposed Organic, Promotion, Research, and Information Order that would create an industry-funded promotion and research program for organic products under the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.

Where to Submit Proposals

Interested parties should submit their proposals to Organic Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Room 3071-S, STOP 0201; Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, D.C. 20250-0201; telephone number (202) 720-5115.

Considerations When Submitting Proposals

Please note, at this time, the USDA will not consider any comments on the submitted proposals themselves, or any other aspect of an organic promotion and research program. Rather, it is considering alternative or partial proposals. Notably, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently petitioned the USDA to begin steps to conduct a vote on and implement a research and promotion order for organic businesses. The public will also have opportunity to comment when USDA publishes a proposed Organic, Promotion, Research, and Information Order.

Background on Promotion Orders

Other sectors of agriculture, such as the beef industry and the dairy industry, have requested the establishment of commodity research and promotion programs. Funded by the industry themselves, these programs use resources to develop and coordinate research and promotion programs.

More Information

For more information on the deadline extension, see the USDA press release.