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AnnouncementAugust 30, 2012
The next meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is approaching. NOSB is now accepting public comments about its fall 2012 proposals. 

NOSB Fall 2012 Meeting
October 15-18, 2012
8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Providence Biltmore
11 Dorrance Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
(401) 421-0700

A small block of rooms has been set aside for the public. Please mention USDA when making reservations.
NOSB Now Accepting Public Comments
The NOSB has published its proposals with a request for public comment in advance of the fall meeting.

View tentative agenda
View NOSB committee proposals
View Federal Register notice
View press release
Submit written comments

The public comment period is open now until September 24, 2012. In order for the Board to review comments prior to the meeting, comments must be submitted by September 24, 2012.

In-Person Public Comments

Register to provide in-person, oral public comments at the meeting. Please see the instructions on the NOSB meeting page about signing up.

The sign-up period for oral comments is open now until September 24, 2012. In an effort to schedule and notify people of their speaking times, requests for oral comment slots must be submitted by September 24, 2012.


Save the Date: Spring 2013 NOSB Meeting
The spring 2013 meeting of the NOSB will be held in Portland, OR during the week of April 8-12, 2012. 
About the National Organic Program (NOP)

The NOP facilitates trade and ensures integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.  

About the National Organic Standards Board

The 15-member National Organic Standards Board is made up of organic farmers and growers, handlers and processors, environmentalists and conservationists, consumer and public interest advocates, a retailer, a scientist, and a NOP-accredited certifying agent. The NOSB advises the Secretary of Agriculture on allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling and other issues related to the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. 
About the NOP Organic Insider

The NOP Organic Insider informs the organic community on a wide range of NOP functions, including organic standards, accreditation and international activities, compliance and enforcement, the National Organic Standards Board, training events, and the Cost Share program.


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