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Upcoming Pasture Rule Meetings

Pre-NOSB Meeting, Sunday Nov. 16, 2008 Noon to 6 pm
Sponsored by
National Organic Coalition, Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture
Location: Hotel Savoy Suites, Ballroom B (same hotel as NOSB meeting) 2505 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington DC 20007 (Georgetown)
Phone: 202-337-9700
Draft AGENDA:
Note: Please eat ahead of time: NO lunch will be served. Drinks and snacks will be provided at around 2:00 pm

Noon -- 2:00

  • Farm Bill Implementation Update
  • NOSB
  • Aquaculture
  • "Grower Groups"
  • Other NOSB agenda items: TAP Reviews, Definitions
  • Materials
  • SCS label update
  • IFOAM North America update

2:00 -- 6:00-- Discussion of "Pasture" Rule

Given the recent promulgation of the proposed "Pasture" Rule, and the short time-frame for comments, we will spend most of this meeting seeking agreement as to where changes are needed in the proposed rule. Please come to the table with your proposed solutions (that is, specific language changes, or items to be removed).
It is the intention of our groups to work to develop a consistent message by the end of November in order to have most of December for our networks to get comments to USDA by the December 23 deadline.

In order to make sure there are enough chairs, Please RSVP to: Liana Hoodes (Liana@hvc.rr.com)

OTA hosts organic community meeting
on proposed pasture rule, Monday, Nov. 17, 2008

OTA is hosting a roundtable discussion on the NOP’s proposed rule on access to pasture for ruminants. The meeting will be held directly following the NOSB meeting on Monday, November 17 in Washington D.C. Meeting time and location: 5:30- 7:30 pm, FORTUNE Room at the Holiday Inn Georgetown at 2101 Wisconsin Ave. If raining, you can call the front desk of the Holiday Inn at 202-338-4600 to request a ride from the NOSB meeting location (Hotel Savoy Suites).

USDA Listening sessions:

  • First week in December in Wisconsin
  • Early December in CA