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AnnouncementSeptember 8, 2015

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the dates and details for the fall 2015 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting.
Fall 2015 National Organic Standards Board Meeting
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), an advisory committee of organic industry and stakeholder representatives, was established by the Organic Foods Production Act. The NOSB recommends whether substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic production or handling, assists in developing standards for substances to be used in organic production, and advises the Secretary of Agriculture on other aspects of the organic regulations.
Twice a year, the NOSB meets to listen to public comments, discuss specific items pertaining to organic agriculture, and vote on recommendations for the National Organic Program (NOP) to consider. These meetings are an important forum for public comment, and support transparency in the standards development process.
The NOSB's next meeting will be October 26 - 29 in Stowe, Vermont. In addition, the NOSB will listen to oral public comments through webinars on October 13 and 20.  The NOSB will address several petitions pertaining to changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and complete the review of 2017 sunset substances. The agenda of topics and current proposals are available on the NOSB meeting webpage.

October 13, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Oral Comment Webinar
October 20, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Oral Comment Webinar
October 26 - 29, 2015
Face-to-Face Meeting
1746 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vermont 05672

Hotel cutoff date: October 5, 2015
For room reservations, call (800) 253-2232 or click here.

For additional information:


Persons interested in providing written comments about the agenda and current proposals must submit their comments via by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, October 5, 2015.

Persons interested in providing oral comments, must reserve a spot by no later than October 5, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  Sign up here.

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.

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