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Critical Issues

We serve as the unifying voice of the U.S. organic industry on Capitol Hill, and we advance our mission to promote and protect organic agriculture and trade through legislative and regulatory advocacy. 

As the only trade association working on behalf of the organic sector, we build and retain meaningful relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, USDA’s National Organic Program, NOSB, and the FDA on food and farming policy.

Here are some of the current regulatory and legislative issues that we are actively working on to strengthen the organic sector. 

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Animal Welfare Standards

The USDA on October 25, 2023 announced its final Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) regulation. The regulation creates clear standards for outdoor access for organic poultry including minimum indoor and outdoor space requirements.  

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2023 Farm Bill

Our 2023 Farm Bill policy priorities will ensure the continued growth of the global organic marketplace and bring further economic benefits to U.S. producers and their locally connected supply chains.

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Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO)

The “Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO) 2023” H.R. 5973 was introduced on October 17, 2023.

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Strengthening Organic Enforcement

The USDA National Organic Program published the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Final Rule in early 2023.

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