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AnnouncementJune 7, 2016

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has extended the comment period for the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Proposed Rule. Comments are now due July 13, 2016.
Comment Period Extended for Proposed Rule on Organic Livestock & Poultry Practices
AMS has extended the comment period for the proposed rule to amend organic livestock and poultry practices until July 13, 2016, to allow the organic community, stakeholders and consumers additional time to provide feedback.
The rule was published in the Federal Register on April 13, 2016, and the comment period was slated to close on June 13, 2016. AMS received requests to both extend and not extend the comment period. The proposal aims to ensure consistent application of the USDA organic regulations for organic livestock and poultry operations and maintain confidence in organically labeled products.  The proposed changes are based on recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and incorporate years of public comment and suggestions by stakeholders.
Public participation and comments are vital to USDA's work in organic agriculture. Access the proposed rule at: 

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