USDA seeks stakeholder feedback on regulatory priorities for the development of clear organic standards that support a level playing field and market development.

USDA intends to use information received through public comments to guide the prioritization of future organic standards development. The virtual meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 2022, from 1:00-3:00 pm Eastern Time. Details on how to sign up to make oral comments, submit written comments, and the meeting link (via Zoom), will be posted to the NOP Priorities Listening Session web page, linked below.

The deadline to sign up to make oral comments during the virtual meeting is February 28, 2022. The deadline to submit written comments is March 30, 2022.

What:   Listening Session on organic regulatory priorities

When:  Monday, March 21, 2022
1:00-3:00pm, Eastern Time

Where:  Virtual via Zoom

Web Page:  NOP Regulatory Priorities Listening Session

USDA certified organic products are an increasingly important part of American agriculture, and the organic community represents one of the fastest-growing food and farming sectors in the U.S. and global marketplace. NOP protects the integrity of the USDA organic seal, which supports growth in the organic market for organic farms and businesses, and those interested in exploring the organic market.  NOP develops the market and protects organic integrity by developing and enforcing clear standards to create a level playing field, and through providing oversight of third-party accredited certifying agents, and providing technical assistance to support farmer and market development.

USDA is committed to the values of diversity and inclusion and works to remove barriers to program participation. An inclusive culture ensures we consider all perspectives and the full range of interests most likely to be affected by any USDA decision or action. USDA believes the variety of perspectives in developing NOP priorities will lead to a regulatory agenda that best supports all those we serve.