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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), held its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. 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.

AlertRead Organic Trade Association's Full Report on the Fall 2017 NOSB Meeting.


Organic Trade Association also published a Fall 2017 NOSB Resource Booklet to help stakeholders prepare for the meeting. Download as a PDF or browse the flipbook below.

Meeting Details:


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 Read OTA's 2017 NOSB Report


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.