Upcoming National Organic Standards Board Meeting

September 29, 2017
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NOSB Activity on Organic Container/Greenhouse Production

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is continuing to evaluate proposals for organic production of crops grown in greenhouses or containers. The NOSB aims to delineate the range of growing systems, from soil to soilless, and make recommendations on a middle ground within that range. Their goal is to bring the USDA organic regulations more in line with international organic regulations in order to improve trade and lessen confusion in the marketplace.

Next Opportunity to Comment
The next opportunity to provide comments is prior to NOSB's October 31, 2017 meeting in Jacksonville, Florida. Written and oral comments will be accepted prior to the meeting for those not attending. For more information on the April meeting, visit: http://tinyurl.com/lttjv2s
How to Comment
All persons wishing to provide comments to the NOSB may do so by providing written comments or oral comments:
• Written comments must be submitted by the October 11 deadline via Regulations.gov: http://tinyurl.com/y7focqz9
• Oral comments may be submitted via online webinar on October 24. Pre-registration is required to reserve your speaking time by October 11, register at: http://tinyurl.com/yc7jdrbm. If more comment time is needed, the webinar will continue October 26.
Additional Background
NOSB Website: http://tinyurl.com/k5fwnc4
NOSB Discussion Document with Proposals: http://tinyurl.com/y6uqd2q8
At the February CSC Public Policy Committee meeting, members recommended CSC not take an official position. Rather staff was instructed to monitor the issue, and to share details on the NOSB's public participation process.
Please contact Laura Brown, CSC Regulatory Affairs Analyst at 916.633.0083 or lbrown@calstrawberry.org with any questions.

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