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AnnouncementMay 10, 2016

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces that a memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) regarding treated manure has been issued and that the charter for the NOSB has been renewed.
Memo to NOSB
The National Organic Program (NOP) has issued a memo to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a citizen advisory committee appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, requesting that the Board review the use of certain animal manure products as fertilizers in organic crop production.
The NOP previously published guidance on using processed manure (heated and dried manure) that meets microbial reduction standards without an intervening period between application and harvest. In light of recent inquiries from fertilizer manufacturers, the NOP is asking the NOSB to review manure products that do not fit within the previous guidance, including heat treated liquid manure products and anaerobic digestate products made with manure feedstock. In considering this topic and making any recommendations to AMS regarding treated manure products in organic production, the NOP requests that the NOSB take into account new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act at 21 CFR Part 112.
NOSB Charter Renewed
The National Organic Program is pleased to announce that the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) charter has been renewed for another two years through May 7, 2018! The NOSB is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act.
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