The comment period is now open for the Origin of Livestock proposed rule first published in 2015.
The proposed rule applies to dairy animals under USDA organic regulations.
On Oct. 1, 2019, the National Organic Program reopened the public comment period. The comment period is open for 60 days, through Dec. 2, 2019.
The proposed rule would change the requirements related to origin of livestock under the USDA organic regulations. The National Organic Program received 1,580 public comments during the original comment period in 2015. USDA will consider public comments in developing a final rule. This includes comments from 2015 and from the 2019 comment period.
Reopening the public comment period gives people who did not submit a comment in 2015 a chance to submit comments. Also, people are allowed to submit updated information.
Submit comments on this proposed rule via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at https://www.regulations.gov/. You can access a copy of the proposed rule, previous public comments received, and instructions for submitting public comments by searching for docket number AMS-NOP-11-0009. Comments may also be sent to: Paul Lewis, Standards Division, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2642-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268; (202) 260-9151 (fax).