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From the USDA Organic Insider
Hello organic community! Thank you for your calls and emails over the last several days. USDA is working hard to respond to current challenges during this COVID-19 National Emergency. We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our community and employees, while providing timely delivery of our services.
As always, communication between the organic industry and government is key. People have expressed the importance of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) spring meeting, while also expressing concerns about traveling. Together, we can both support personal safety and accomplish the important work of the Board.
With input from the Board and the organic community, we are modifying the NOSB Spring Meeting 2020 to be held live online, instead of in-person. This will allow the Board to move forward with deliberations in an open and public setting, without needing to travel.
We are expanding the two webinar-based public comment periods on Tuesday, April 21 and Thursday April 23. Comment sign up instructions are already online, and we will add time slots to accommodate more people if needed.
The public meeting will be held live online via webinar on Wednesday, April 29 and Thursday, April 30. Watch the NOSB Spring meeting webpage for details on the times and agenda. We are working to accommodate participants across different time zones.
The virtual meeting will be open to the public and the transcript will be posted online after the meeting, as usual. The deadline to register for an oral comment slot for the comment webinars is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, April 3, 2020.
Commenters will be scheduled in the order in which they registered, beginning with the Tuesday, April 21 webinar. Requests will be accommodated where possible. In an effort to accommodate the greatest number of people in a limited period of time, commenters are limited to one 3-minute speaking slot per meeting.
Posted: to Industry News on Tue, Mar 24, 2020
Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2020