Meeting Announcement: National Organic Standards Board Fall 2018 Meeting

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National Organic Standards Board

Fall 2018 Meeting

When:  October 24 - 26, 2018

Where: The InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront Hotel
             11 Kellogg Boulevard East
             Saint Paul, MN 55101
             (651) 292-1900

Discussion Items: Substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020 and other topics impacting the organic industry.

More Information: All materials related to the meeting will be posted to the Fall 2018 NOSB Meeting webpage as they become available.


Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged

The NOSB invites public comment on agenda topics in-person at the meeting in Saint Paul, or during one of the webinars leading up to the meeting. Oral comment registration will open when the NOSB proposals are posted. Please check back in early September.

Written comments on agenda items are also welcomed.

Deadlines: Written comments and requests for a speaking time must be received by 11:59 p.m. October 4, 2018. Speaker slots are limited and are filled on a first-come basis.

Public comment webinars: October 16 and 18, 2018.

Webinar details and links will be posted to the Fall 2018 NOSB Meeting webpage.

The NOSB is a federal advisory committee established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and administered through AMS. The NOSB recommends whether substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic production, handling, and processing, and advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on other aspects of the organic regulations.

Twice a year, the NOSB convenes to:

  • discuss specific items pertaining to organic agriculture;
  • listen to public comments; and
  • vote on recommendations to the USDA in an open forum.