March 19, 2010
The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will be holding its next meeting in Woodland, CA, from April 26 to 29. The NOSB was established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and is charged with making recommendations on allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling, assisting in the development of standards for substances, and advising the Secretary of Agriculture on implementation of the Act.
In addition to concluding and continuing its reviews of a number of substances, the NOSB will be considering recommendations on production standards for plants in containers and enclosures, on the use of inerts (ingredients that are not intended to affect a target pest, but are added to enhance the treatment) due to their recent reassessment by the Environmental Protection Agency, on clarifying the definitions of the National List, and on revisions to the NOSB Policy and Procedures Manual.
The meeting is open to the public, and written comments on proposed recommendations and requests to make oral presentations much be received by April 12. For more details about the meeting and proposed recommendations, download the Federal Register notice by clicking here.