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AnnouncementJuly 2, 2012

Due to severe drought conditions, the USDA National Organic Program granted temporary variance to livestock operations in Wyoming. The temporary variance stipulates that no more than an average of 85% of a ruminant's dry matter demand must be from dry matter fed. The temporary variance will remain in effect for the remainder of the 2012 grazing season. 


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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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