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Fall 2017 Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The meeting agenda is now posted. A more detailed agenda and the meeting materials will be available on or before September 12. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

Meeting Details:

Deadline for written comments and to sign up for oral comments: October 11
Comment webinars: October 24 and 26, 2017, 1-4pm

Hotel: Omni Jacksonville Hotel


2019 Sunset

  • Crops 2019 Sunset Reviews: §§205.601, 205.602 (pdf)
    • Chlorine Materials (Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Sodium hypochlorite), Herbicides, soap-based, Biodegradable bio-based mulch film, Boric acid, Sticky traps/barriers, Copper sulfate, Coppers, fixed, Humic acids, Micronutrients (Soluble boron products), Micronutrients (Sulfates, carbonates, oxides, or silicates of zinc, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, and cobalt), Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Lead salts, Tobacco dust (nicotine sulfate)
  • Livestock 2019 Sunset Reviews: §205.603 (pdf)
    • Chlorine Materials (Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Sodium hypochlorite), Chlorhexidine, Glucose, Oxytocin, Tolazoline, Copper sulfate, Lidocaine, Procaine
  • Handling 2019 Sunset Reviews §§205.605(a), 205.605(b), 205.606 (pdf)
    • Attapulgite, Bentonite, Diatomaceous earth, Nitrogen, Sodium carbonate, Acidified sodium chlorite, Chlorine Materials (Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Sodium hypochlorite), Carbon dioxide, Magnesium chloride, Potassium acid tartrate, Sodium phosphates, Casings, Konjac flour, Pectin (non-amidated forms only)

Certification, Accreditation and Certification Subcommittee

Crops Subcommittee

Livestock Subcommittee

Handling Subcommittee

Materials / GMO Subcommittee


The NOSB meeting is open to the public and participants are invited to provide oral comments during one of two sessions:

• Pre-meeting webinar: Register to provide comments during the webinar (October 24 or October  26 from 1 – 4 p.m. Eastern)
• Face-to-face meeting: Register online to provide oral public comments at the meeting (October 31, approximately 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastern)

Individual commenters may only sign up for one comment option. The final deadline to submit written comments and sign up for oral comments is Wednesday, October 11, at midnight Eastern. Written comments may be submitted anytime through using docket # AMS-NOP-17-0024.


The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continued to be allowed in organic at the Fall 2017 meeting. Although comments were submitted and discussion on these materials began during the Spring 2017 meeting, it’s now critical that NOSB hear from all certified farmers and handlers prior to the Fall 2017 meeting on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other effective natural or organic alternatives available.

To help facilitate a robust comment process, OTA has created a survey system for collecting feedback from certified farms and processors. Below are links to electronic surveys that can be used to submit feedback on each individual input currently under NOSB review. Each survey is CONFIDENTIAL, and contains about 10 short questions that will take an estimated five minutes to complete.


IMPORTANT! NOSB will be VOTING on the 2019 Sunset inputs at the Fall 2017 meeting. Feedback given to NOSB prior to this meeting to help inform NOSB’s vote at the fall 2017 meeting and will ultimately help decide whether or not the inputs will continue to be allowed in organic production and processing.


The National Organic Standards Board was created through the Organic Foods Production Act, a sub-section of the 1990 Farm Bill. The Board is charged with the task of assisting the Secretary of Agriculture on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing. This 15-person citizen advisory board brings together volunteers from around the United States. It is made up of four farmers/growers, two handlers/processors, one retailer, one scientist, three consumer/public interest advocates, three environmentalists, and one USDA accredited certifying agent. 

Gwendolyn Wyard
Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs
(503) 798-3294
Nathaniel Lewis
Farm Policy Director
(360) 388-6422