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Fall 2019 NOSB Meeting

The Fall 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be October 23-25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center in Pittsburgh, PA. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is October 3 at midnight Eastern. The Meeting Agenda and Meeting Materials (all proposals and discussion documents to be considered at the meeting) are posted and the public comment period is open.  The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is October 3 at midnight Eastern.

The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture.


Meeting Agenda and Topics

The Meeting Agenda and Meeting Materials (all proposals and discussion documents to be considered at the meeting) are posted and the public comment period is open. The meeting materials have been voted on by subcommittees of the NOSB, and the full Board will discuss and/or vote on the materials at the in-person meeting. Scroll down for a list of topics and links to individual meeting materials, or view the Organic Trade Association’s summary or at-a-glance list of proposals.

General topics

 
Crop production topics

 
Livestock production topics

Processing/Handling topics


2021 Sunset Review

At the fall meeting, NOSB will vote on whether to continue the allowance of several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These National List inputs will be reviewed and voted on by NOSB based on their Sunset timeline (5-year renewal date cycle), and may not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are incompatible with organic production.

The specific inputs included in this Sunset review cycle include:

  • Inputs Used in Crop Production: Hydrogen peroxide (disinfectant and fungicide); Ammonium soaps (animal repellant); Horticultural oils (for pest and disease control); Pheromones (for insect management); Ferric phosphate (slug or snail bait); Potassium bicarbonate (for disease control); Magnesium sulfate (nutrient fertilizer); Hydrogen chloride (for delinting cotton seed); Ash from manure burning (prohibited for use); Sodium fluoaluminate (prohibited for use)
     
  • Inputs Used in Livestock Production: Atropine (medical treatment); Hydrogen peroxide (disinfectant and teat dip); Iodine (disinfectant and teat dip); Magnesium sulfate (medical treatment); Fenbendazole (parasiticide); Moxidectin (parasiticide); Peracetic acid (equipment sanitizer); Xylazine (sedative); Methionine (feed additive for poultry); Trace minerals (feed additive); Vitamins (feed additive)
     
  • Inputs Used in Processing and Handling: Alginic acid; Citric acid; Lactic acid; Calcium chloride; Dairy cultures; Enzymes; L-Malic acid; Magnesium sulfate; Microorganisms; Perlite (filtering aid); Potassium iodide; Yeast; Activated charcoal (filtering aid); Ascorbic acid; Calcium citrate; Ferrous sulfate; Hydrogen peroxide (sanitizer); Nutrient vitamins and minerals; Peracetic acid (sanitizer); Potassium citrate; Potassium phosphate; Sodium acid pyrophosphate (leavening agent); Sodium citrate; Tocopherols (antioxidant); Celery powder; Fish oil; Gelatin; Orange pulp, dried; Seaweed, Pacific kombu; Seaweed, Wakame

TAKE ME TO THE 2021 SUNSET SURVEYS (REVIEWED IN 2019)   

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.


 

Public Comment Opportunities

Stakeholders are invited to provide written and/or oral comments to NOSB.

Oral comments may occur during one of two webinar sessions, or at the in-person meeting.

Individual commenters may only sign up for one 3 minute comment slot and must register in advance (by October 3).

  • Webinars: October 15 & 17, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern – SIGN UP HERE
  • In-person meeting:  October 23 & 24, 2019 – SIGN UP HERE

Written comments must be submitted in advance of the meeting via Regulations.gov.

The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is October 3 at midnight Eastern.


Meeting Attendance

The NOSB meeting is open to the public. Stakeholders that would like hotel room reservations at the meeting hotel can use the self-registration link or call 1-800-222-TREE (8733) and use the group name “National Organic Standards Board October 2019 Meeting”. The reservation cutoff is September 30, 2019.


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.


Contact Organic Trade Association's regulatory staff

Gwendolyn Wyard
Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs
(503) 798-3294

Johanna Mirenda
Farm Policy Director
(202) 812-7704

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