Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 236 (Monday, December 9, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-26446]
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Agricultural Marketing Service
7 CFR Part 205
[Document Number AMS-NOP-19-0095-NOP-19-06]
Meeting of the National Organic Standards Board
AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as
amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA), is announcing a meeting of the National Organic
Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB assists the USDA in the development of
standards for substances to be used in organic production and advises
the Secretary of Agriculture on any other aspects of the implementation
of the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA).
DATES: An in-person meeting will be held April 29-May 1, 2020, from
8:30 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The Board will hear
oral public comments via webinars on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 and
Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
Eastern Time, and at the in-person meeting on Wednesday, April 29, 2019
and Thursday, April 30, 2020. The deadline to submit written comments
and/or sign up for oral comment at either the webinar or in-person
meeting is 11:59 p.m. ET, April 3, 2020.
ADDRESSES: The webinars are virtual and will be accessed via the
internet and/or phone. Access information will be available on the AMS
website prior to the webinars. The in-person meeting will take place at
the Westin Crystal City, 1800 Richmond Highway, Arlington, Virginia
22202, United States. Detailed information pertaining to the webinars
and in-person meeting can be found at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Advisory
Committee Specialist, National Organic Standards Board, USDA-AMS-NOP,
1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2642-S, Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC
20250-0268; Phone: (202) 720-3252; Email: [email protected].
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOSB makes recommendations to the USDA
about whether substances should be allowed or prohibited in organic
production and/or handling, assists in the development of standards for
organic production, and advises the Secretary on other aspects of the
implementation of the OFPA. The NOSB is holding a public meeting to
discuss and vote on proposed recommendations to the USDA, to receive
updates from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) on issues
pertaining to organic agriculture, and to receive comments from the
organic community. The meeting and webinars are open to the public. No
registration is required except to sign up for oral comments. All
meeting documents and instructions for participating will be available
on the AMS website at Please check the website
periodically for updates. Meeting topics will encompass a wide range of
issues, including substances petitioned for addition to or removal from
the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List),
substances on the National List that are under sunset review, and
guidance on organic policies. Participants and attendees may take
photos and video at the meeting, but not in a manner that disturbs the
Public Comments
    Comments should address specific topics noted on the meeting
    Written Comments: Written public comments will be accepted on or
before 11:59 p.m. ET on April 3, 2020, via
Docket #AMS-NOP-19-0095. Comments submitted after this date will be
provided to the NOSB, but Board members may not have adequate time to
consider those comments prior to making recommendations. The NOP
strongly prefers comments be submitted electronically. However, written
comments may also be submitted (i.e., postmarked) via mail to the
person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT by or before the
    Oral Comments: The NOSB is offering the public multiple dates and
opportunities to provide oral comments and will accommodate as many
individuals and organizations as time permits. Persons or organizations
wishing to make oral comments must pre-register by 11:59 p.m. ET, April
3, 2020, and can register for only one speaking slot: Either during the
webinars scheduled for April 21 & 23, or at the in-person meeting,
scheduled for April 29-May 1, 2020. Due to the limited time allotted
for in-person public comments during the in-person meeting, commenters
are strongly encouraged to comment during the webinar(s). Instructions
for registering and participating in the webinar can be found at
    Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is Americans with
Disabilities Act compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable
accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If
you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public
meeting, please notify the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
CONTACT. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a
case-by-case basis.
    Dated: December 4, 2019.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
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