National List Amended to Add Two Organic Crop Substances and Reclassify Magnesium Chloride

The National Organic Program (NOP) released a final rule amending the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Effective November 22, 2019, the NOP will add two substances to the National List and reclassify magnesium chloride. The rule is based off recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board’s spring 2018 meeting.

USDA Proposes Updates to National List with New Allowed and Prohibited Substances

The National Organic Program released a proposed rule to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The proposed rule is based off public input and recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board from 2018.

Stakeholders may submit comment on the proposed amendment by December 17, 2019. Comments can be submitted via using Docket Number AMS_FRDOC_0001-1913.

The proposed rule would:

Senate Ag Committee Includes Origin of Livestock Rule in Appropriations Bill

Last week the United States Senate Agriculture Committee passed the Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2020. In the bill, USDA is required to issue the Origin of Livestock rule that incorporates public comments from the proposal rule within 180 days of the bill becoming law. The language matches a House of Representatives bill that passed in June, showing bipartisan congressional support for the rule. 

Deadlines Approaching for NOSB Pittsburgh

The deadlines to submit public comments and register for oral comments to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) at their fall meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania are approaching! It is critical that members of the organic community submit public comments on the substances up for re-listing or removal from the National List of Allowed & Prohibited Substances and the other NOSB agenda items

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USDA Expands Allowed Uses for Elemental Sulfur and Reclassifies Potassium Acid Tartrate as an Agricultural Substance

USDA published a final rule making two amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The final rule is based on public input and the November 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) recommendations for livestock and handling and will be effective May 30, 2019.

Serve the Organic Community on the National Organic Standards Board!

The deadline for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is quickly approaching!

USDA is seeking:

             – An environmental protection and resource conservation expert

             – An organic farmer representative

             – An organic retailer

             – Two organic handlers