Fw: Second Proposed Rule being issued next week and a poem
Subject: Second Proposed Rule being issued next week and a poem
Date: March 02, 2000 8:29 AM
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Certified organic farm, Fairfield, Iowa
In a telephone conversation with Keith Jones, USDA/NOP, he indicated the
second Proposed Organic Rule would be placed in the Federal Register for
public comment this coming week of March 6, 2000.
The Organic 4um will issue a side by side comparison of the Proposed Rule
with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 very shortly thereafter.
Recommendations of the National Organic Standards Board, CODEX Guidelines
Organic Farming and Handling and consumer expectations will be noted in the
Side by Side Comparison where appropriate. Everyone is asked to critique
Proposed Rule and the Side by Side as well.
A report follows by a participant at a meeting held last week with Keith
Jones, staff director of the USDA National Organic Program. It should be
noted there were no certified farmers or handlers in attendance. Without
someone circulating the information of such meetings and the information
supplied at such meetings to certified organic farmers and handlers, we are
becoming more and more spoken for rather than spoken to. We suggest that
information flow and transparency, that statements that impact on the
community at such "organic community meetings" with federal government
representatives, need to be posted on the USDA Agricultural Marketing
website the following day.
And there is a poem.
Have a good day
Monday, February 28 - Briefing with Keith Jones
Representatives of the Organic Committee, Campaign for Sustainable
Agriculture, met with Keith who updated us about the rule and program news.
Attending were Michael Sligh, Liana Hoode, Mardi Mellon, Joe Mendelson,
Clary (CASWAG), Barbara Robinson (the USDA Secretary's legislative
Diane Goodman and two or three others.
Keith announced that the rule would be out within 10 days. The Secretary
will hold a press conference announcing it and Keith will initiate
calls to constituents on the same day. Kathleen will do a briefing for the
Hill and with mainstream agriculture.
The rule includes a user-friendly index so if you wanted direction to a
subject like livestock, a find or search for that subject will turn up each
time the word is used in the rule. It's 676 pages, double-spaced, single
sided and the web site has been redesigned to handle it, as well as a
capacity for 400,000 comments.
The Preamble includes a question and answer section, a section of changes
requested by those that commented and made by USDA, changes requested and
made and changes made by USDA on their own.
There is not a side by side comparison of the rule, NOSB Final
Recommendations, American Organic Standards, European Union Guidelines nor
There will be no USDA public hearings on the Proposed Rule.
NEXT National Organic Standards Board Meeting Scheduled:
The NOSB will meet in Buena Park, California March 21 and 22.
--Day 1, first half will be NOSB Committee Reports, Materials will address
ethylene, second half will be USDA briefing the Board about the Rule,
--Day 2, first half will continue USDA briefing and second half for public
New NOSB appointments will not be announced before the second Proposed Rule
is issued. They will be in place before the Board meets in June.
Dates for public input regarding certification of the production and
of organic seafood meetings have been set.
--April 7 Seattle Workshop formats with State of Washington and Alaska
--April 10 Mobile, AL with EPA Gulf Coast Conference
--April 11 Anchorage with Pacific Council of Fisheries
--May 3 Providence, RI with Atlantic Council of Fisheries
--June 23-24 University of Minnesota Independent conference
Spring is already in the air here. Thought you might enjoy this piece by
Ned Rorem entitled The Sowers. It is one section of a 10 part
composition for violin, viola, cello, piano and baritone composed in 1980
for the Santa Fe Symphony.
Now horses' hooves are treading earth again
To start the wheat from darkness into day
And along the heavy field go seven men
With hands on ploughs and eyes on furrowing clay.
Six of the men are old; but one, a boy,
Knows in his heart that more than fields are sown-
For spring is ploughing up heaven with row of joys
In the voice of one high bird, singing alone
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