USDA Publishes Proposed Rule of Standards for Organic Livestock and Poultry

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WASHINGTON – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reviewed the proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) rule in the Federal Register. In this publication, the USDA proposes requirements for organic poultry and livestock living conditions, care, transportation, and slaughter.

This new OLPS proposed rule would change USDA’s organic regulations to promote a fairer and more competitive market for organic livestock producers by ensuring that USDA-certified livestock products are produced to the same consistent standards.

“This proposed organic cattle and poultry standards rule demonstrates USDA’s strong commitment to America’s organic producers,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We encourage producers, processors and consumers to submit written comments on the rule so we can work together to create a fairer, more competitive and transparent food system.”

“This rulemaking is an opportunity to ensure that consumer expectations are aligned with enforced environmental standards, build trust throughout the supply chain and level the playing field for producers,” said Assistant Commissioner for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “With this proposed rule, USDA seeks to establish and clarify clear standards for organic livestock and poultry production.”

Once completed, USDA’s National Environmental Program (NOP) will oversee implementation of the rule. NOP develops and enforces clear standards that provide a level playing field for farmers, ranchers and businesses. Working with USDA-accredited certifying agents, NOP oversight supports the growth of the organic market, including farmers and businesses interested in going organic.

The period for written comments will end at midnight 60 days after publication. The NOP will also hold a public webinar on August 19, 2022 to hear oral comments on the proposed rule.

More information about the Livestock and Poultry Environmental Standards Proposed Rule and how to submit comments is available on the AMS website.

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USDA touches the lives of all Americans in many positive ways every day. In the Biden-Harris administration, USDA is transforming the American food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, and building new markets and flows. income for farmers and producers who use climate-smart food and forestry practices, make historic investments in infrastructure and clean energy capacity in rural America, and commit to equity across the department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce that is more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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