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NOSB Spring 2021 Meeting

The Spring 2021 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 28-30, 2021, in Crystal City, Virginia.

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Meeting Agenda and Topics

A detailed agenda along with the proposals, discussion items, and petitions, is expected to be published on or before March 3, 2021. Until then, we definitely know of one critical topic that we can work on now – 2023 Sunset Review! See more below.

In addition to sunset review, we expect the following additional topics to be included on the agenda of the spring 2021 meeting. The exact content of the agenda will be confirmed once NOSB proposals are published.

  • Paper Pots and other paper-based production aids (Crop Production)
  • Biodegradable biobased mulch film (Crop Production)
  • Ammonia extract fertilizers (Crop Production)
  • Ion exchange filtration (Processing/Handling)
2023 Sunset Review: Do you use these inputs?

This year, NOSB will discuss and vote on whether to continue the allowance of the substances listed below that are scheduled for re-review prior to their sunset (expiration) date in 2023 from the National List. These National List inputs may not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are harmful to human health or the environment, or incompatible with organic production.

  • CROP INPUTS: Copper sulfate (algicide, tadpole shrimp control, disease control), Oxone gas (irrigation system cleaner), Peracetic acid (disinfectant, disease control), EPA List 3 Inerts (passive pheromone dispensers), Calcium chloride (foliar spray for physiological disorders), Chlorine materials: Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Hypochlorous acid, Sodium hypochlorite (sanitizer, disinfectant), Magnesium oxide (viscosity control in humates)
  • LIVESTOCK INPUTS: Activated charcoal (adsorbent), Calcium borogluconate (milk fever treatment), Calcium propionate (milk fever treatment), Chlorine materials: Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Hypochlorous acid, Sodium hypochlorite (sanitizer, disinfectant), Kaolin pectin (adsorbent, antidiarrheal, and gut protectant), Mineral oil (intestinal compaction treatment), Nutritive supplements (injectable vitamins and minerals), Propylene glycol (ketosis treatment), Acidified sodium chloride (teat dip), Zinc sulfate (hoof treatment)
  • PROCESSING AND HANDLING INPUTS: Agar-Agar (gelling agent, emulsifier, thickener), Animal enzymes (catalysis for biological processes, e.g. rennet for cheese production), Calcium sulfate (tofu coagulant), Carrageenan (gelling agent, emulsifier, thickener), Glucono delta-lactone (tofu coagulant), Tartaric acid (acidulant), Cellulose (regenerative casings, anti-caking agent, filtering aid), Chlorine materials: Calcium hypochlorite, Chlorine dioxide, Hypochlorous acid, Sodium hypochlorite (sanitizer, disinfectant), Potassium hydroxide (pH adjuster), Silicone dioxide (defoamer), Potassium lactate (antimicrobial agent, pH regulator), Sodium lactate (antimicrobial agent, pH regulator)

Learn more about the Sunset Review Process      

Public Comment Opportunities

Stakeholders are invited to provide written and/or oral comments to NOSB. Watch the NOSB meeting webpage for details on how to sign up and submit comments. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is April 1st at midnight Eastern.

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

Johanna Mirenda
Farm Policy Director
(202) 812-7704