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House Ag Committee Releases First Farm Bill Draft

Last week the House Agriculture Committee released their first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Agriculture policy wonks across the country are reviewing the text and preparing for next steps. 
 
CCOF is pleased to see most of its top priorities included in the House draft:
 

It's Time to Share Your Story Again!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) recently announced its draft agenda for the spring 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting to be held in La Jolla, California at the end of April.

Last Chance to Comment on Calculating Organic Percentages Draft Guidance!

The comment period is closing soon to submit comments to the National Organic Program regarding their draft guidance on calculating the percentage of organic ingredients in multi-ingredient products.

Comments can be submitted until April 7, 2017 to regulations.gov using docket number AMS_FRDOC_0001-1558.

The draft guidance could impact product labelling and the calculation of organic ingredients.

Material Sunset Process Announced by USDA will Break Regulatory Logjam

The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) last week posted a plan to update the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) material “sunset review” process to address a broken system that has challenged the organic community for some time. We believe that this proposal will break some of the existing regulatory logjam and allow the NOSB to focus on larger issues that matter to organic consumers and producers.

NOP Deputy Adminstrator Miles McEvoy Announces Retirement

Last week, the National Organic Program’s (NOP) Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy announced his retirement in a letter to the organic community
 
In his letter, McEvoy gives deep appreciation to each level of the organic food chain. He highlights his top ten list of accomplishments at NOP which includes:
  1. Developing a quality management system for NOP that improves program consistency and effectiveness.

NOP Extends Deadline to Comment on National List Proposed Rule

 
The National Organic Program (NOP) extended the commenting deadline for their proposed rule of 35 amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). NOP will now be accepting comments until May 14, 2018
 

NOP Guidance on Biodiversity and Natural Resources Open for Comment

The National Organic Program (NOP) issued a draft guidance to clarify biodiversity and natural resources requirements. The Draft Guidance, “Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation for Certified Organic Operations,” is open for comment now through February 27, 2015.

NOP Proposes Updates to 17 Substances and 16 New Substances to National List

USDA proposed new updates to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) that include 29 recommendations on 35 substances from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). NOSB evaluates substances on the National List every five years to confirm that each substance continues to meet the required criteria for its allowance or prohibition.

NOP Releases Organic Import Oversight Report & Policy Memos

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a new report and two policy memos as part of the program’s Organic Enforcement Action Plan
 
The report, Organic Import Oversight: Collaboration Opportunities and Technology Needs Assessment, responds to recommendations from the USDA Office of Inspector General on oversight of imported organic prod

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