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Fall 2018 Meeting

The Fall 2018 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting was October 24-26 at the InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel in St. Paul, MN.

View Organic Trade Association’s Complete fall NOSB Meeting Report for important meeting details.

The Organic Trade Association also published a Fall 2018 NOSB Resource Booklet to help stakeholders prepare for the meeting.





Meeting Topics

View the Meeting Agenda and Meeting Materials


Proposals, Discussion Documents and Petitions

The following topics are on the Fall 2018 Meeting Agenda:

Read OTA's final comments to NOSB

Organic Trade Association submitted its final comments shaped by feedback from members on multiple important NOSB topics in time to meet the October 4 deadline. We will be providing oral comments during the webinars at the in-person meeting October 24-26.


Materials Subcommittee

Certification, Accreditation and Compliance Subcommittee


Livestock Subcommittee

Handling Subcommittee


Crops Subcommittee


2020 Sunset Review

2020 Sunset Review

IMPORTANT! NOSB will be VOTING at the fall 2018 meeting on whether or not to continue the allowance of the organic production and handling inputs below. Why should you care?

The inputs listed are below are fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use under certain restrictions by certified organic operations. In short, they are production inputs that help to grow and process organic products. These production and handling inputs are being voted on by NOSB based on their Sunset review timeline (renewal date), and may not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are incompatible with organic production. It’s critical that NOSB hear from certified farmers and handlers during this open comment period on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other effective natural or organic alternatives available.

  • For use in organic crop production - 2020 Sunset Reviews (pdf): Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol; *Sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate; *Newspaper or other recycled paper; Plastic mulch and covers; *Aqueous potassium silicate; *Elemental sulfur; *Lime sulfur; Sucrose octanoate esters; Hydrated lime; *Liquid fish products; Sulfurous Acid; *Ethylene; *Microcrystalline cheesewax; Potassium chloride 
  • For use in organic livestock production - 2020 Sunset Reviews (pdf): Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol; Aspirin; Biologics, vaccines; Electrolytes; *Glycerin; Phosphoric acid; Lime, hydrated; Mineral oil; *Sucrose octanoate esters
  • For use in organic handling/processing - 2020 Sunset Reviews (pdf): Calcium carbonate; Flavors; Gellan gum; Oxygen; Potassium chloride; Alginates; Calcium hydroxide; Ethylene; *Glycerides (mono and di); Magnesium stearate; Phosphoric acid; Potassium carbonate; Sulfur dioxide; Xanthan gum; Fructooligosaccharides (FOS); *Gums: Arabic, Carob bean, Guar, Locust bean; *Lecithin - de-oiled; *Tragacanth gum 

*Highlighted due to concerns/questions about relisting raised by the public or NOSB during the Spring 2018 Meeting – more information to follow

To help facilitate a robust comment process, OTA has created a survey system for collecting feedback from certified farms and processors. These electronic surveys 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.

Mission and structure of NOSB

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. The Board also advises the Secretary on other aspects of the organic regulations. 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.