On April 4 and June 24, 2011, USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack designated 214 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. USDA is granting ruminant livestock producers in these Texas counties a temporary variance due to documented severe drought.
The variance involves the following sections of the USDA organic regulations: §§205.237(c) and 205.240. This variance applies to non-irrigated pasture only; producers having access to irrigated pasture are not included in the variance.
|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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