Mar 6, 2020
NOSB spring meeting set

The USDA National Organic Program logoThe National Organic Program (NOP) recently made public meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for April 29 – May 1, 2020 in Crystal City, Virginia.

Links to the tentative meeting agenda, proposals, and discussion documents are linked from the NOSB Spring 2020 Meeting webpage.

A variety of topics are scheduled for discussion and decision-making:

  • A proposal to allow plant pots and other crop production aids such as paper pots.
  • A discussion on using wild and native fish for liquid fish products.
  • A discussion on an annotation change about biodegradable, biobased mulch.
  • A review of substances for various substances set to sunset or expire from the National Organic Program in 2022.
  • A petition to change the classification of L-malic acid from a nonagricultural (nonorganic) non-synthetic allowed substance to a nonagricultural synthetic allowed substance.
  • A discussion on Ione exchange filtration.
  • A discussion on a requested annotation about the use of fish oil.
  • A discussion on the NOSB’s research priorities in 2020.

The Meeting Materials document on the meeting webpage includes all proposals and discussion documents in one document, but readers may also view each as a separate pdf on the related subcommittee pages: cropshandling, livestock and materials.

Speak up

A public comment period is open for topics included on the Spring 2020 meeting agenda.

To be considered during the Spring 2020 Meeting, written comments and requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, April 3, 2020, the NOP said.

Detailed instructions on providing written, oral or live comments are available on the NOSB Spring 2020 Meeting webpage.

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