The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) generally meets twice each year in a public forum to discuss and vote on recommendations to the USDA. These recommendations help the Department develop and refine the organic standards.
Based on input from the Board and members of the organic community, the NOSB currently plans to resume in-person meetings in October 2021, subject to federal, state, and local guidance on in-person meetings at that time.
The in-person meeting will be aired live online for those who are not able to travel. Should circumstances prevent an in-person meeting, the meeting will be held virtually. Updates will be posted to the USDA website at the link below.
When: October 13- 21, 2021
Online Comment Webinars: October 13 and 14
In-Person Public Meeting: October 19-21, 2021
Where: Holiday Inn Sacramento Downtown - Arena
300 J Street
1-877-666-3243 (Group name: National Organic Standards Board)
Room reservation cutoff date: Friday, September 24, 2021
Stakeholder Engagement Encouraged
The NOSB invites public comment on agenda topics and will hear comments in-person
at the meeting in Sacramento and during the webinars leading up to the meeting. Written comments may be submitted via regulations.gov.
Deadlines: To be considered during the fall 2021 meeting, written comments and requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Meeting materials such as the agenda, public comment registration links, and other resources (including details on how to register for oral comment slots and how to submit written comments) will be added to the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) fall 2021 meeting webpage as they become available.
This article was originally released through the USDA-AMS newsletter the Organic Insider, June 11, 2021.