USDA Publishes Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards Proposed Rule

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USDA Publishes Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards Proposed Rule

60-Day Comment Period Opens with Publication

Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) previewed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) proposed rule in the Federal Register. With this publication, USDA proposes requirements for organic poultry and livestock living conditions, care, transport, and slaughter.

“This proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule demonstrates USDA’s strong commitment to America’s organic producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We encourage producers, processors, and consumers to submit written comments about the rule so that we can work together to create a fairer, more competitive, and transparent food system.”

“This rulemaking is an opportunity to ensure consumers’ expectations align with the enforced organic standards, building trust across the supply chain and leveling the playing field for producers,” said Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “With this proposed rule, USDA is seeking to establish and clarify clear standards for organic livestock and poultry production.”

When finalized, USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) will oversee the rule’s implementation. Read the full USDA Press Release.

NOP will also host a public webinar listening session on August 19, 2022, to hear oral comments on the proposed rule. Learn more at the link below.

 View the OLPS Proposed Rule

Includes links to the Federal Register announcement, how to access the webinar, submitting written comments, and signing up to make oral comments at the webinar.


How to Submit an Effective Comment 

NOP has a microlearning module (linked below) that provides guidance on how to write an effective public comment. Effective comments help others understand your perspective and how proposals will impact your organic farm or business. This helps USDA best balance needs across impacted participants in the organic market.

Effective Commenting

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