USDA Declares Intention to Withdraw Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule

USDA published notice in the Federal Register this week that it intends to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule, which has been under development by the organic community for over a decade. The notice opens a public comment period that is open through Jan. 17, 2018.  Comments may be submitted through
Originally set to be fully implemented earlier this year, USDA under the current administration already has delayed implementation three times and now proposes to withdraw the rule on the premise that it exceeds USDA’s statutory authority.
CCOF strongly supports the rule, which sets forth specific, verifiable, and achievable standards that will protect organic animal health and wellbeing. CCOF helped develop the rule by submitting numerous public comments over the 14 years the rule has been under development. CCOF already certifies to most of the standards in the rule and has advocated that all certified organic livestock and poultry producers be held to the same high standards.
CCOF will again submit a public comment and work hard to protect this hard-fought rule. For additional information, contact