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March 13, 2018

USDA withdraws Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule

USDA announced today it has withdrawn the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule published on Jan. 19, 2017. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018. Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule published in January 2017. After careful review and two rounds of public comment, USDA has determined that the rule exceeds the department’s statutory authority, and that the changes to the existing organic regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in the National Organic Program, including real costs for producers and consumers. Read more

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