Today marks today’s start of the semi-annual meeting National Organic Standards Board ,, which advises USDA’s National Organic Program regarding policies and regulations.
The five-day meeting will live stream online. A recorded version of the meeting will be posted on the National Organic Program . website.
“With input from the Board and the organic community, we are modifying the NOSB Fall 2021 meeting to be held live online, instead of in-person. According to a notice by the board, this will allow the Board’s deliberations to continue as planned in an open and accessible setting, without the need to travel.”
” The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), meets two times per year at various locations in the United States. The NOSB meets twice a year to listen to public comments and discuss petitions to remove or add substances to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. It also reviews substances that have been removed from the list. In a public forum , it votes on the Secretary’s recommendations.
Public comments are scheduled for today and tomorrow, Oct. 14. All public commentators have signed up and received an email confirming their participation in the commenting process. When it is their turn, speakers will be called upon.
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), is a 15-member volunteer advisory board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. It meets twice a year in a public forum for discussion and voting on USDA recommendations.
“NOSB guidelines are an important tool for the (USDA), in helping to develop standards for organically-produced products. According to a statement by the board, the open meetings provide an opportunity for the public to voice their opinions on subjects of interest to organic producers. The standards will support farmers and consumers confidence in the integrity and authenticity of the USDA Organic Seal.”
Members of the public can hear and view the Board’s deliberations live. Only Board members can ask questions.
The timetable is:
Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 13-14, Noon – 6 pm Eastern
- Tuesday, Oct. 19 from noon – 6 pm Eastern
- Wednesday, Oct. 20 from noon – 6 pm Eastern
- Thursday, Oct. 21 from noon – 6 pm Eastern
The meeting Zoom links, full agenda, proposals, discussion documents and Federal Register notice are available on the NOSB Fall 2021 Meeting webpage.
For those who wish to join by phone, please call the appropriate number below and enter missing number 160 703 3566 For higher quality, dial a number based on your current location:
+1 669 254 5252 US (San Jose)
+1 551 285 1373 (US)
+1 646 828 7666 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 160 703 3566
International numbers are available at: https://zoom.us/u/aewOZJsOJw
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