Due to a severe drought, the USDA is granting ruminant livestock producers in the following New Mexico and Texas counties with a temporary variance:
New Mexico Counties: Catron, Cibola, Curry, De Baca, Roosevelt, San Miguel, and Socorro. View Letter
Texas Counties: Bastrop, Lamb, and Travis. View Letter
The variance involves the following sections of the USDA organic regulations: §§205.237(c)(1,2) and 205.239(a)(2).
During the grazing season, producers having access to irrigated pasture may not provide more than an average of 85 percent of a ruminant's dry matter demand from dry matter fed. Dry matter fed does not include dry matter grazed from residual forage or vegetation rooted in pasture.
|About Temporary Variances|
Temporary variances from the production and handling requirements of the USDA organic regulations may be granted by the Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator for the following reasons:
- Natural disasters declared by the Secretary
- Damage caused by severe weather or other business interruption,
- Practices used for the purpose of conducting research in organic production or handling.
Procedures for requesting temporary variances are described in NOP 2606: Processing Requests for Temporary Variances. 7 CFR Section 205.290 provides the full regulatory text regarding temporary variances.
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