This proposed rule sets forth the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA)
intention to pursue one of several actions on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Final Rule (FR) published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017, by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). USDA is asking the public to comment on the possible actions USDA should take in regards to the disposition of the FR. The FR amends the organic livestock and poultry production requirements in the USDA organic regulations by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expands and clarifies existing requirements covering livestock care and production practices and mammalian living conditions. The FR was originally set to take effect on March 20, 2017, and is now being extended to November 14, 2017.
Actions Being Considered
Because there are significant policy and legal issues addressed within the FR that warrant further review by USDA, the public is being asked to comment on which of the following four actions they believe would be best for USDA to take with regard to the disposition of the FR.
Specifically, the public should submit their comments on the following options:
(1) Let the rule become effective. This means that the rule would become effective on
November 14, 2017.
(2) Suspend the rule indefinitely. During the suspension, USDA could consider whether to implement, modify or withdraw the final rule.
(3) Delay the effective date of the rule further, beyond the effective date of November 14, 2017.
(4) Withdraw the rule so that USDA would not pursue implementation of the rule.
Baystate has issued a response to the delayed ruling: