The National Organic Program (NOP) published the Pasture Rule on February 12, 2010. This rule was years in the making, with input from a large number of interested parties and over 26,000 comments submitted to NOP. The final version had the support of the three regional organic dairy producers associations and has seen an overall positive response from all sectors of the community, including producers, processors, watchdog groups, and consumers.
The pasture rule has been implemented with verification of full compliance required as of June 17, 2011.
Use the CCOF Feed Ration DMI Worksheet throughout the grazing season to document the Dry Matter Intake (DMI) in each ration fed to each class of animal. Complete a new worksheet anytime the ration for a class of animals changes.
Use the CCOF DMI Grazing Season Average Worksheet at the end of the grazing season to average the DMI from each feed ration to find the overall average DMI from pasture for the entire grazing season for each class of animals.
Use the CCOF Table of Common Feed Type Dry Matter % document as a reference for average dry matter percentages for common feeds.
Section L3.1 (Ruminant Livestock Feed and Water), 4.0 (Livestock Living Conditions), and 4.1 (Pasture Management Plan) are required to be completed by all CCOF certified ruminant producers to reflect the new requirements of the Pasture Rule. These sections are required along with the full OSP for organic certification.
The National Organic Program (NOP) Pasture Rule website includes a PowerPoint training document, the full text of the new regulations, a Q&A, and supporting documentation, including DMD and DMI worksheets.
The NODPA Pasture Rule Resources page includes reference and background information for producers to help with understanding the rule.
The ATTRA/NOP resource packet is a helpful guide for understanding and maintaining compliance under the Pasture Rule.