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NOSB Spring 2023 Meeting

The Spring 2023 Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) took place in-person on April 26-27 in Atlanta, GA. 

The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture. 



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Meeting Agenda and Topics

The NOSB Fall 2022 Meeting Agenda and Meeting Packet (all proposals, discussion documents, and Sunset Reviews to be considered at the meeting) are available and the comment period is open.  NOSB is requesting feedback on 2 proposals, 6 discussion documents and 44 Sunset Reviews. As a service to our members, we have created an At-A-Glance Summaryso you can quickly identify topics that may impact your organic business. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is April 5, 2023. 

* indicates topics that will be voted on at the meeting 

  • Ion Exchange Resins (HANDLING) * 
  • Organic Is Climate Smart * 
  • Climate Induced Farming Risk and Crop Insurance  
  • Consistent Location Identification  
  • Potassium Sorbate (CROPS)  
  • Research Priorities  
  • Excluded Methods  
  • Technical Report Template Update  
  • Sunset Reviews (CROPS, LIVESTOCK, HANDLING) – see list of materials in the Sunset Reviews tab
Final Comments
Sunset Review & Survey Links 

Do you use any of the substances listed below? This year, 44 substances on the National List for organic production and processing will be re-reviewed by the NOSB as part of the Sunset Review process. These National List inputs might not be renewed if new information indicates these substances are harmful to human health or the environment, are not necessary because natural or organic alternatives are available, and/or incompatible with organic production.  It’s critical that NOSB hear from certified farmers and handlers about whether these inputs are still necessary or whether there are other effective natural or organic alternatives available. 

Complete our Sunset Surveys! In preparation for the Spring 2023 NOSB Meeting, the Organic Trade Association has launched a new set of Sunset Surveys to help to facilitate a robust comment process by collecting information about the necessity/essentiality of these substances and delivering the information in a summarized anonymous format to the NOSB. Click the links below to weigh-in on the materials that matter to your organic operation. Each survey is anonymous and takes about five minutes to complete.  

Inputs Used in Crop Production 

Inputs Used in Livestock Production 

Inputs Used in Processing/Handling 

Submitting Written and Oral Comments

Written Comments

Please submit feedback on the NOSB Subcommittee proposals via (Docket # AMS-NOP-22-0071). In early March, a detailed agenda and subcommittee proposals will be posted above and on The deadline to submit written comments is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 5, 2023.

Oral Comments

Oral comment registration is open. The Board will hear comments via Zoom on Tuesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 20. The deadline to register for an oral comment slot is 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 5, 2023. Please use the form to register to speak.

Meeting Dates & Attendance

NOSB public comment webinars and meeting days are free and open to the public. Registration is not required unless you wish to provide public comment.

Watch/Listen to the NOSB Public Comment Webinars on Tuesday, April 18 & 20, 2023:

  • Day 1: Tuesday, April 18 from Noon - 5:00 pm Eastern
  • Day 2: Thursday, April 20 from Noon - 5:00 pm Eastern

Please click this URL to join ID: 160 673 2698

NOSB Public Meeting on April 25-27, 2023: 

  • Day 1: Tuesday, April 25 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Eastern
  • Day 2: Wednesday, April 26 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Eastern
  • Day 3: Thursday, April 27 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm Eastern

Please click this URL to join. ID: 161 241 4222

Meeting Information:
Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown
590 West Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 464-4838

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