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AnnouncementJune 19, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that it is renewing substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited substances and that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) has begun the County Committee Elections process.


2015 Sunset Review Published


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is implementing the National Organic Standards Board's (NOSB) sunset review recommendations for five substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) for use in organic production and handling. 


USDA is renewing three substances for crop production (sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate, aqueous potassium silicate, and sulfurous acid) and two substances for use in organic handling (gellan gum and tragacanth gum). This action published today, June 19, 2015, in the Federal Register.


For more information, see the AMS June 18 Press Release or the Federal Register Notice NOP-15-0009.


FSA County Committee Elections


Would you or another farmer or rancher you know like the opportunity to serve the community by assisting with local farm program delivery?  If so, then you and others may be interested in serving on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee (COC).  The nomination period to serve on the COC began June 15 and will end August 3, 2015. To learn more, about the COC election process, see the FSA COC Elections Fact Sheet or visit the FSA County Committee Website Page.


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