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.
| 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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