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AnnouncementApril 13, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to announce the opening of the public comment period for the Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. We are also sharing details about this Friday's webinar on the proposed rule.   
Proposed Rule on Organic
Livestock and Poultry Practices
The public comment period for the Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices is now open. Comments will be accepted through June 13, 2016. 
The proposed rule would clarify existing USDA organic regulations related to livestock and poultry production requirements, thereby ensuring consistency among organic producers and protecting the integrity of the USDA organic seal.   

We have also updated the Proposed Rule Questions and Answers document; it is available at the link above. 
Webinar Session on Proposed Rule

AMS will host a public webinar about the proposed rule on April 15, 2016, from 2:30-3:30 PM Eastern.

Step 1: Dial In by Phone:
Toll-Free (U.S. & Canada): 866.740.1260
Access Code: 7202000
To call in from outside the U.S., visit and enter access code 7202000. Then, select your country to get a number. 

Step 2: Also Access the Web:
Meeting URL:      
On the left side of the screen, enter Participant Access Code: 7202000

Webinar Details 

All callers will be on mute throughout the call.
You will be able to ask questions online through the webinar chat feature. Activate on the left side of your screen. Your chat will be seen by the presenters but not other participants.
The webinar will be recorded and a link will be posted in
This is not a public comment session. All public comments to the proposed rule must be submitted using instructions on 
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.
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