In early August, USDA previewed the Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) proposed rule in the Federal Register. This rule proposes requirements for organic poultry and livestock living conditions, care, transport, and slaughter.
The rule would change USDA organic regulations to promote a fairer and more competitive market for organic producers, the agency said in a statement, by making sure that certified USDA livestock products are produced to the same consistent standard.
When finalized, the agency’s National Organic Program (NOP) will oversee the rule’s implementation. In partnership with USDA-accredited certifying agents, NOP’s oversight supports growth of the organic market, including farmers and businesses interested in transitioning to organic, says USDA.
In addition to accepting comments, NOP will host a public webinar listening session on August 19 to hear oral comments on the proposed rule. More information about the proposed Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards rule and how to make comments is available on the AMS website.