The USDA National Organic Program (NOP) published a final rule today that amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The final rule establishes exemptions for the use of three substances in organic agriculture affecting crop production, livestock production, and processing.
Effective August 3, the allowance for the use of tetracycline for fire blight control in organic apple and pear production will be extended until Oct. 21, 2014. Additionally, producers will have the option of using formic acid to control varroa and tracheal mites in organic honey bee operations, and processors will have the option of using attapulgite, a nonsynthetic processing aid, for purification of plant and animal oils. See the complete final rule below.
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