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AnnouncementOctober 14, 2011
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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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