NOSB Spring 2020 Meeting Materials & Two Surveys Now Available

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NOSB Spring 2020

Meeting Materials Available

NOSB Meeting

The National Organic Program (NOP) has posted the meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting to be held in Crystal City, Virginia, April 29 – May 1, 2020.

The tentative Meeting Agenda, Proposals, and Discussion Documents are linked from the NOSB Spring 2020 Meeting webpage. The Meeting Materials pdf includes all proposals and discussion documents in one document. You may also view each as a separate pdf on the related subcommittee pages: Crops, Handling, Livestock, and Materials.

Comment Period Open

Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged

The public comment period is now open for topics included on the Spring 2020 meeting agenda.

Deadlines: To be considered during the Spring 2020 Meeting, written comments and requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, April 3, 2020.

Details on how to provide written, oral or live comments are available on the NOSB Spring 2020 Meeting webpage.


Good Data Makes a Big Difference

Spread the word! Organic farmers AND transitioning farmers - there are two important surveys on Organic research priorities now open. Survey results will help ensure the increased funding for organic research in the 2018 Farm Bill addresses the unique needs of organic production. Thanks to USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) for supporting this collaborative work by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), Organic Seed Alliance (OSA) and the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC).

Both surveys close April 1. They are voluntary and confidential.

Certified Organic farmers and ranchers -

Farmers and ranchers transitioning to Organic certification -

If you have any questions about the surveys, contact Lauren Scott: