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Fall 2017 Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP), will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for organic stakeholders to give input on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s NOP on issues pertaining to organic agriculture.

Meeting Details:

The comment period is CLOSED. 
Comment webinars: October 24 and 26, 2017, 1-4pm

Hotel: Omni Jacksonville Hotel


2019 Sunset

Certification, Accreditation and Certification Subcommittee

Crops Subcommittee

Livestock Subcommittee

Handling Subcommittee

Materials / GMO Subcommittee

View ALL of OTA's Final Comments to NOSB (Fall 2017)


The NOSB meeting is open to the public and participants will be providing oral comments during one of two sessions:

• Pre-meeting webinar: October 24 or October  26 from 1 – 4 p.m. Eastern
• Face-to-face meeting: October 31-November 1 (see meeting agenda)

The deadline to submit written comments as well as sign up for oral comments was October 11. If you would like to listen to the webinars on October 24 and 26, check the Fall 2017 NOSB Meeting Webpage for information.


The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continued to be allowed in organic at the Fall 2017 meeting. Although comments were submitted and discussion on these materials began during the Spring 2017 meeting, it’s now critical that NOSB hear from all certified farmers and handlers prior to the Fall 2017 meeting on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other effective natural or organic alternatives available.

To help facilitate a robust comment process, OTA has created a survey system for collecting feedback from certified farms and processors. Below are links to electronic surveys that can be used to submit feedback on each individual input currently under NOSB review. Each survey is CONFIDENTIAL, and contains about 10 short questions that will take an estimated five minutes to complete.


IMPORTANT! NOSB will be VOTING on the 2019 Sunset inputs at the Fall 2017 meeting. Feedback given to NOSB prior to this meeting to help inform NOSB’s vote at the fall 2017 meeting and will ultimately help decide whether or not the inputs will continue to be allowed in organic production and processing.


The National Organic Standards Board was created through the Organic Foods Production Act, a sub-section of the 1990 Farm Bill. The Board is charged with the task of assisting the Secretary of Agriculture on which substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic farming and processing. This 15-person citizen advisory board brings together volunteers from around the United States. It is made up of four farmers/growers, two handlers/processors, one retailer, one scientist, three consumer/public interest advocates, three environmentalists, and one USDA accredited certifying agent. 

Gwendolyn Wyard
Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs
(503) 798-3294
Nathaniel Lewis
Farm Policy Director
(360) 388-6422