The NOP is granting temporary variance from the organic regulations to ruminant livestock producers in New Mexico affected by conditions of severe draught. The variance will take effect for 90 days beginning June 15, 2011.
|Temporary Variance Issued to Specified Areas of New Mexico|
According to the provisions in §205.290 of the organic regulations, the USDA Administrator can grant temporary variances from the organic requirements for several reasons, including natural disasters or extreme climate conditions that make it difficult or impossible to meet organic production requirements. The NOP has reviewed a request submitted by the New Mexico Organic Commodity Commission and has granted temporary variance to certain ruminant livestock producers from §§205.237(c)(1,2) and 205.239(a)(2), which concern dry matter intake from pasture grazing.
The variance will apply to producers using non-irrigated pasture in the following New Mexico counties:
- San Miguel
Producers having access to irrigated pasture are not included in the variance.
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