USDA Withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule

USDA ignored the pleas of organic producers across the country when it announced its final decision to ignore the organic rulemaking process and withdraw the widely supported Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule
 
CCOF members have long advocated for the OLPP rule because it would have brought greater clarity and consistency to organic livestock production and certification.  
 
CCOF members are already in compliance with the majority of the provisions that would have been clarified under OLPP, including living conditions, preventive health care practices, stocking densities, and access to the outdoors. The final rule was the result of decades of rulemaking effort by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and members of the organic community.
 
USDA originally proposed the OLPP in January 2017, and it received overwhelming public comment in support of the rule. But with the administration change, USDA delayed the rule five times and finally determined—
despite only 50 out of 72,000 comments in favor of withdrawal—to withdraw the rule.
 
In early March, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) requested a court hearing for their lawsuit against USDA. OTA filed their lawsuit in September 2017 arguing that delaying and failing to implement OLPP violated the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 by failing to consult with NOSB and unlawfully delayed the implementation of the final rule. The lawsuit also argues that USDA ignored the overwhelming public record established in support for the final rule.
 
CCOF thanks our many members who have advocated on behalf of OLPP throughout each public commenting period and who participated in the decades-long development of the final rule. Despite this disappointing decision, CCOF will continue to advocate for and work to protect organic integrity. If you have questions, please contact policy@ccof.org.

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