The USDA Organic Insider

Quick Links
Join Our List
Join Our Mailing List
Our Vision
Organic Integrity from Farm to Table
Consumers Trust the Organic Label
AnnouncementMarch 10, 2014


In this Insider, we announce the opening of the public comment period for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting, and share a listing of upcoming Farm Bill stakeholder sessions. 

NOSB Spring 2014 Meeting:
Meeting Information, Request for Comments

NOSB Spring 2014 Meeting Information


The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is now accepting public comments on proposals in advance of its Spring 2014 meeting. 


Meeting Information

April 29 - May 1, 2014: 8:00am to 5:30pm daily

May 2, 2014: 8:00am - 12:30pm


San Antonio, Texas 78205

T 210.227.4392

Room reservation cutoff date: Thursday, March 27, 2014.


Visit the NOSB Meeting page to see tentative agenda, NOSB Subcommittee proposals, Federal Register notice, and the  press release.


Public Comments


Written Public Comments

Deadline to submit comments: April 8, 2014, 11:59pm ET.

Submit comments via


In-Person Public Comments
Deadline to sign up for in-person public comments:
April 8, 2014, 11:59pm ET. View instructions


Save the Date for Fall 2014 


The Fall 2014 NOSB meeting will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, during the week of October 27, 2014.
2014 Farm Bill Stakeholder Meetings

 The USDA is holding a series of meetings to share information with stakeholders about the 2014 Farm Bill implementation process:  

  • March 11, 9:30 am - Local & Regional Food Systems with multiple USDA agencies
  • March 11, 3:00 pm - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • March 12, 2:00 pm - Research, Education and Economics Mission Area
  • March 12, 4:00 pm - Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Mission Area
  • March 13, 10:00 am - Food Safety Mission Area
  • March 13, 1:00 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Animal Welfare Stakeholders by teleconference
  • March 13, 2:00 pm - Rural Economic Development, Rural Development Mission Area
  • March 13, 2:30 pm - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service General Listening Session by teleconference
  • March 13, 3:30 pm - Energy and the Bioeconomy with multiple USDA agencies
  • March 13, 4:00 pm - Office of Advocacy and Outreach, Room 108-A, Whitten
  • March 17, 1:00 pm - U.S. Forest Service Listening Session by webinar and teleconference
  • March 27, 9:00 am - Joint Farm Service Agency/Risk Management Agency Listening Session, USDA Jefferson Auditorium

Sessions will be held in Room 107-A, Whitten Building in Washington D.C. unless otherwise noted. Mission areas and agencies will provide additional details to stakeholders as they become available. For more information, contact Jennifer Yezak or Sarah Scanlon, USDA Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs (By phone at 202-720-6643)


Visit for more about USDA's Farm Bill implementation plan. 


About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

About the USDA Organic Insider

The USDA Organic Insider informs the organic community on a wide range of functions, including regulatory updates, requests for public comments, and USDA programs and services.

You are receiving this email because you elected to receive selected updates from the Agricultural Marketing Service. You may manage your profile to receive additional updates or unsubscribe at any time by using the links below.