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NOSB Spring 2024 Meeting

The Spring 2024 Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) took place in person on April 29 - May 1 in Milwaukee, WI.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2026, and recommendations on organic policies.



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Meeting Agenda & Topics

The NOSB Spring 2024 Meeting Agenda and Meeting Packet (all proposals, discussion documents, and Sunset Reviews to be considered at the meeting) are available and the comment period is open. 

2026 Sunset Review & Survey Links

Sunset Surveys
The Spring meeting marks the start of the NOSB’s review of National List substances scheduled to sunset in 2026. To inform the Board’s review, OTA is surveying the organic industry on the essentiality of substances that are up for review. Please complete OTA's Sunset Surveys by Wednesday, March 27. 

Livestock Materials Sunset 2026

Crops Materials Sunset 2026

Handling Materials Sunset 2026

General Survey on Organic Market Constraints
NOSB is interested in hearing about the current market situation for organic.  While growth in new organic operations is essential, the NOSB heard from public commenters at both the spring and fall 2023 public meetings that current producers around the United States are at risk of exiting certification or refraining from growing their operations due to price instability due to limited market opportunities.  Please help us represent your experience by completing this short survey by Wednesday, March 27.  Note this survey is separate from the Organic Industry Survey conducted by OTA by our third party publisher, New Hope. 

Producer Survey on Crop Insurance
NOSB is interested in hearing how T-yields (T-yields are assigned yields when a producer doesn’t have a production history) affect transition and organic farmers around the country and what possible solutions we could offer to address them. In addition, CACS is eager to receive more examples and personal stories about how crop insurance can be improved for organic producers.  Please help us represent your experience by completing this short survey by Wednesday, March 27. 

Submitting Written & Oral Comments

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) invites the public to submit written comments and/or provide oral comments at its public meetings. While the comment period and requests for oral comment speaking slots are now closed, tune into the upcoming public comment webinars in advance of the meeting. OTA staff are signed up and will be providing comments.

•    Day 1: Tuesday, April 23 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
•    Day 2: Thursday, April 25 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

Join the webinar with this URL: | Meeting ID: 161 833 2176

Meeting Dates & Attendance

The meetings are free, open to the public, and no registration is required, except to sign up for oral comments. Times shown for face-to-face meetings are always in the meeting location’s local time zone. Webinars and commenting deadlines are always based on the Eastern time zone.

NOSB Spring 2024 Meeting dates:

Public Comment Webinars
•    Day 1: Tuesday, April 23 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern
•    Day 2: Thursday, April 25 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Eastern

Join the webinar and listen to comments & board discussion with this URL: | Meeting ID: 161 833 2176

Public Meeting
•    Day 1: Monday, April 29 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Central
•    Day 2: Tuesday, April 30 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Central
•    Day 3: Wednesday, May 1 from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Central

Watch/Listen to the meeting virtually (Use the same link for all three days.):

Meeting Location:
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

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.  


Scott Rice
Sr. Director, Regulatory Affairs
(503) 784-7393