Origin of Livestock final rule (preview) released

  • by Organic Trade Association
  • 30-Mar-2022 12:00

The change to the regulation, which stakeholders have long advocated for, will promote a fairer and more competitive market for all organic dairy producers by making sure certified organic dairy products are produced to the same consistent standard.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 29 published a preview of the long-awaited Origin of Livestock (OOL) final rule for organic dairy. The change to the regulation, which stakeholders have long advocated for, will promote a fairer and more competitive market for all organic dairy producers by making sure certified organic dairy products are produced to the same consistent standard. The Origin of Livestock final rule provides clear and uniform standards about how and when livestock may be transitioned to organic dairy production, and how transitioned animals are managed within the organic dairy system.  Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt announced the news during the March 29 House Ag Committee’s Subcommittee meeting on Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research and again at the Organic Trade Association’s 2022 Organic Week conference. Read USDA’s press release.