Recent Policy Updates

RECENT POLICY UPDATES

NOFA-VT and VOF Urge USDA to Implement Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) Rule: After gathering input from organic farmers, researchers, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and the public over the past ten years, the National Organic Program (NOP) rolled out its Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule (OLPP) in January. The OLPP or "animal welfare" rule would allow the NOP to consistently enforce stronger animal welfare standards on organic farms and remove loopholes being taken advantage of by some large operations. 

However, rather than allowing the OLPP or "animal welfare" rule to take effect this month, the USDA has delayed implementation of the rule until November and in June held a public comment period asking whether it should be implemented at all. On June 9th, NOFA-VT and VOF submitted comments urging USDA to allow the proposed rules to take effect without further delay. Read our comments...

Organic Farmers Association (OFA) Launches: On Capitol Hill, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) represents the interests of the now $43 billion organic industry. Organic Consumers Association (OCA) advocates on behalf of those who buy organic food and other products. The National Organic Coalition (NOC) represents a variety of organic stakeholders including farmer, retailer, consumer, and environmental groups. Noticeably absent from the halls of Congress, however, is a voice speaking specifically and explicitly for certified organic farmers. That is, until now. Read more...

National Organic Coalition (NOC) Fly-In Recap: As a member of the National Organic Coalition (NOC), each year NOFA Vermont travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with our elected officials about issues impacting organic farmers and consumers. This year's NOC fly-in, from June 6-8, focused on priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill, funding requests for key organic programs, and ensuring consistent enforcement of organic standards by the National Organic Program (NOP). Read more...

Recap: Spring NOSB Meeting: At their spring meeting in Denver last month, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) heard from citizens, farmers and advocates on issues as narrow and specific as an annotation change for tocopherols on the National List, and as broad as hydroponic and container production in organic. NOFA-VT and Vermont Organic Farmers (VOF) provided comments to the NOSB, both in writing and in person, on several topics of concern to organic farmers and consumers here in Vermont, including hydroponics, biodegradable biobased mulch, and eliminating the incentive to convert native ecosystems to organic production. Read more...