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Spring 2019 Meeting

The Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be April 24-26 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is April 4 at midnight Eastern.

The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give input 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.

Public Comment Opportunities

Members of the public are invited to provide written and/or oral comments on the topics included in the NOSB meeting agenda.

Oral comments may occur in 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 April 4).

  • Webinar: April 16 & 18, 2019, from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern. SIGN-UP HERE.
  • In-person: Wednesday, April 24, 2019. SIGN-UP HERE.

Written comments must be submitted in advance of the meeting (by April 4) and should be submitted via

The FINAL DEADLINE to submit written comments and sign up for oral comments is THURSDAY APRIL 4 at midnight Eastern.

Meeting Attendance

The NOSB meeting is open to the public. Stakeholders that would like to attend the meeting in person can call the hotel at 1-800-468-3571 and use the group name “National Organic Standards Board Meeting April 2019”. The reservation cutoff is April 3, 2019.

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 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

This year (2019), the National Organic Standards Board (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.

Learn more about the Sunset Review Process

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.


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

Johanna Mirenda
Farm Policy Director
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