After reviewing public comments, the NOP has finalized its policy in four areas:
The Use of Kelp in Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 5027)
This final guidance clarifies that any kelp used in organic livestock feed must be certified organic by March 4, 2014.
Seeds, Annual Seedlings, and Planting Stock in Organic Crop Production (NOP 5029)
This final guidance describes how these materials may be sourced, treated, and which records are necessary.
Evaluating Allowed Ingredients and Sources of Vitamins and Minerals for Organic Livestock Feed (NOP 5030)
This final guidance clarifies which ingredients may be used in organic livestock feed.
Responding to Results from Pesticide Residue
Testing (NOP 2613)
This instruction outlines what certifying agents should do if they detect a pesticide residue on an agricultural product. Updated memo to certifying agents
The NOP will be scheduling a webinar for certifying agents this spring to summarize these resources and answer any related questions.
View Final Resources + Response to Comments
View Federal Register Notice
View Full NOP Handbook
The NOP Handbook helps individuals who own, manage, or certify organic operations meet the USDA organic requirements.