USDA Organic. Many USDA agencies serve the growing organic sector. Whether you're already certified organic, considering transitioning all or part of your operation, or working with organic producers, we have resources for you. This portal connects you with programs, services, and educational materials that can help your organic farm or business.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), an interest group that represents organic growers, issued a press release shortly after USDA’s December announcement calling the proposed withdrawal “groundless,” and pointed out that of the 47,000 public comments submitted to USDA, only 28 supported withdrawing the rule.
Organic ruminants’ diets must contain at least 30 percent dry matter (on average) from certified organic pasture. Dry matter intake (DMI) is the amount of feed an animal consumes per day on a moisture-free basis. The rest of its diet must also be certified organic, including hay, grain, and other agricultural products.
In order to use the USDA Organic Seal, meat, egg and dairy producers must follow production standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Currently, these standards require that USDA Organic animals are: Raised in living conditions accommodating their natural behaviors. Fed organic feed.
The pork group, which backed USDA's position that the rule was outside the scope of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990, said animal production practices have nothing to do with the basic ...
Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices. USDA has announced the decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule published on January 19, 2017. The rule would have increased federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13, 2018.
The Department of Agriculture is taking final steps to withdraw the organic animal welfare rule, setting an effective date for the regulation’s formal repeal.
Animal Production Research and Reports. Through various market and animal research programs and reports, USDA has developed biotechnological methods and gathered data and statistics to demonstrate the great development of animal productivity in the United States and foreign markets.
USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) definition, April 1995 “Organic agriculture is an ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore,...