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Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.


Notice of meeting.


In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended, (5 U.S.C. App.), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing an upcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Written public comments are invited in advance of the meeting, and the meeting will include scheduled time for oral comments from the public.


The meeting will be held April 29-May 2, 2014. April 29, April 30, and May 1 will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. May 2 will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. The deadline to submit written public comments and sign up for oral public comments is Tuesday, April 8, 2014.


The meeting will take place at the St. Anthony Hotel, 300 East Travis Street, San Antonio, TX 78205, 210-227-4392. Information and instructions about the meeting are posted at the following Web address:​NOSBMeetings.

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For printed materials or additional information, write to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648-So., Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268; Phone: (202) 720-3252; Email:

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The NOSB makes recommendations about whether a substance should be allowed or prohibited in organic production and/or handling, assists in the development of standards for organic production, and advises the Secretary on other aspects of the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act (7 U.S.C. 6501-6522). The NOSB currently has six subcommittees working on various aspects of the Organic Program. The subcommittees are: Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification; Crops; Handling; Livestock; Materials/Genetically Modified Organisms; and Policy Development. The primary purpose of the NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for the organic community to provide input on proposals and discussion items. The meetings also allow the NOSB to receive updates from the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) about issues pertaining to organic agriculture. The meeting will be open to the public. The meeting agenda, NOSB proposals and discussion documents, instructions for submitting and viewing public comments, and instructions for requesting a time slot for oral comments are available on the NOP Web site at​NOSBMeetings. The discussion documents and proposals encompass a wide range of topics, including: substances petitioned to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances on the National List that require NOSB review within 5 years of such exemption or prohibition being adopted or reviewed, and updates from working groups on technical issues.

Public Comments: Written public comments will be accepted through Tuesday, April 8, 2014 via Comments received after that date may not be reviewed by the NOSB before the meeting. The NOP strongly prefers comments to be submitted electronically; however, written comments may also be submitted by Tuesday, April 8, 2014 via mail to Ms. Michelle Arsenault, Special Assistant, National Organic Standards Board, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., Room 2648-S, Mail Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268. Instructions for viewing all comments are posted at and​NOSBMeetings.

The NOSB has scheduled time for oral comments from the public, and will accommodate as many individuals and organizations as possible. Individuals and organizations wishing to make oral presentations at the meeting must pre-register to request one time slot by visiting​NOSBMeetings or by calling (202) 720-0081. The deadline to sign up for an oral public comment slot is Tuesday, April 8, 2014. All persons making oral presentations should also provide their comments in advance through the written comment process. Written submissions may contain supplemental information other than that presented in the oral presentation. Persons submitting written comments at the meeting are asked to provide two hard copies.

Meeting Accommodations: The meeting hotel is ADA Compliant, and the USDA provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting, please notify Michelle Arsenault at or (202) 720-0081. Determinations for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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Dated: February 11, 2014.

Rex A. Barnes,

Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.

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[FR Doc. 2014-05111 Filed 3-7-14; 8:45 am]