Daily News Archive
April 27, 2006
Proposed Rule To Revise National Organic Program Regulations
(Beyond Pesticides, April
27, 2006) The U.S. Department of Agriculture will publish a
proposed rule in the Federal Register today, April 27, that will revise
the National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to comply with the final
court order in the Harvey
v. Johanns lawsuit and implement the 2005 amendments to the Organic
Foods Production Act of 1990.
The proposed rule revises the NOP regulations to clarify that non-organically
produced products listed in section 205.606 of the regulations may be
used as ingredients in or on processed products labeled as “organic”
or “made with” organic ingredients, only when such organic
products are not commercially available.
The proposed rule also revises section 205.236 of the NOP
regulations to eliminate what is commonly known as the 80/20 feed
provision. Transitioning dairy producers would no longer be able to
use 20 percent non-organic feed during the first nine months of whole
herd conversion from conventional to organic production.
The proposed rule further addresses dairy herd conversion by allowing
crops and forage from land included in the organic dairy system plan
of a dairy farm that is in its third year of organic management to be
fed to the converting animals.
The comment period for the proposed rule closes on May 12. The proposed
rule may be accessed on the NOP website at www.ams.usda.gov/nop
under Today’s News. Comments may be faxed to 202-205-7808 or be
Mark Bradley, Associate
Transportation and Marketing Program
National Organic Program
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 4008--SO, Ag Stop 0268
Washington, DC 20250