After several delays in the past year in setting an effective date for the final rule in organic livestock and poultry practices, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced his agency will withdraw the proposed rule.
Signed in the final hours of the Obama administration, the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule would have added provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and expand existing requirements of livestock care. In November, the rule was delayed until May 14, 2018.
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released a statement in favor of USDA’s dismissal, saying the “standards were not based on science and that were outside the scope of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990.”
"We'd like to thank Sec. Perdue and the Trump administration for listening to our concerns with the rule and recognizing the serious challenges it would have presented our producers," says Ken Maschhoff, NPPC president and a pork producer from Carlyle, Ill.
Although larger organic interests such as the Organic Trade Association supported the rule, many commodity groups such as NPPC and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association voiced opposition, citing concerns about more barriers to the organic certification process and increasing costs without providing animal welfare benefits.
In withdrawing the rule, the USDA determined the regulation exceeded the agency's authority and that it would have had a greater economic impact on farmers than originally estimated.
The withdraw notice, which will be published in the Federal Register next week, is subject to a public comment period.
President Donald Trump played through the greatest hits of his first year in office before a receptive audience at the 99th Annual American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Nashville: tax reform i
For the first time in more than six years the cattle on feed inventory increased by 8% from the previous year. The last time the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported such an increase was for August
After several delays in the past year in setting an effective date for the final rule in organic livestock and poultry practices, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced his agency will wit
The General Accounting Office (GAO) released its review of the 22 agricultural commodity checkoff programs today, finding no major problems but calling for more consistent auditing procedures and over
Ron Davidson has a special vantage point of the new Trans Pacific Partnership. As the senior vice-president of international trade and public affairs for the Canadian Meat Council, he’s witnessed fi
Two farm state senators have expressed their “vehement disagreement” with USDA’s withdrawal of proposed GIPSA rule changes.In a letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a searchable database of companies conforming to Good Agricultural Practice audits performed by the agency’s Agricultural Marketing Service.Found at ht
Pasture rent is an expense most cattle producers negotiate on a yearly basis and it can fluctuate based on competition from other grazers. This year cash rent pasture rates averaged $12.50/acre nation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has cited World Best Tropical LLC, Doral, Fla., for failure to pay for produce.
The company failed to pay $341,917 to eight sellers for 45 lots of produce from Febru
The future doesnâ€™t appear bright for organic hydroponic fresh produce growers.
Â The National Organic Standards Board last fall tabled a decision on whether to let growers who donâ€™t use