For Immediate Release
Monday, December 08, 1997
Contact: Eric Kindberg, Co-Chair Communications/Telecommunications Committee
Organic Farmers Marketing Association, Inc.
Washington, DC: At 11:00 AM December 8, 1997 at a meeting called by Michael
Hankin, USDA/NOP acting staff director and Eileen Stommes, director of
USDA/Transportation Marketing Division, an announcement was made to the
National Organic Standards Board as well as Eric Kindberg, Organic Farmers
Marketing Association; Tony Kleese, Organic Certifiers Caucus; Katherine
DiMatteo, Organic Trade Association.
The announcement consisted of the following:
The proposed National Organic Proposed Rule will be published in the Federal
Register on December 16th 1997 and will be available on the USDA website
www.ams.usda.gov/nop at 6:00 am December 16th. Email public comments can be
sent using the email response on this Website. Paper copies of the Proposed
National Organic Rule and supporting documentation can be secured by calling
202-690-0725 and supplying a name, address and phone number.
The day before release of the Proposed Rule for public comment, December 15,
1997, in Room 104 A North USDA Building, the Whitten Building, starting at
9:00 AM there will be a 45 minute public briefing by Tom O'Brien, Acting
Director of the Agricultural Marketing Service on the Proposed Organic Rule.
At 10:00 AM on December 15th in Room 107 A, North USDA Building Washington DC,
Dan Glickman, Secretary of Agriculture, will hold a press conference to
present the Proposed National Organic Rule and request informed public comment
for a period of 90 days.
At 1:00 PM on December 15, in Room 104 A North USDA Building, the USDA
National Organic Program Staff will hold a continuing briefing for the general
public, agricultural sector and interested organizations.
On the afternoon of December 15, a briefing will take place on Capital Hill
for legislative aides and Members of Congress.
At all meetings, questions related to the content and issuing of the Proposed
National Organic Rule will be addressed. The National Organic Program Staff
are prohibited from discussing the merits of the Proposed Rule by law, but can
provide information on the content of the Proposed Rule, why the Rule was
written a specific way and what a provision of the Proposed Rule means.
A single copy of the proposed rule will be available for public viewing
beginning Monday December 15, 8:45 AM at the Federal Register Office, 800 N.
Capital St. NW, Suite 700, Washington DC. Phone 202-523-3187
Four regional meetings are being sponsored by the staff of the National
Organic Program to present to the public the content of the Proposed National
Organic Rule. The public is encouraged to state what they feel is missing
from the Rule and what improvements can be made. Testimony at the meetings
will be entered formally as public comments on the Proposed Rule. Meeting
locations are planned in Vermont, Texas, Iowa and a site in the Northwest US.
Interested individuals, organizations, cooperatives, governmental entities and
businesses are encouraged to read the Proposed Rule and comment using direct
mail, fax or email at their convenience.
Assisting the public with a detailed understanding of the Proposed Rule's
impact on consumers, organic farmers and small businesses, the Organic Farmers
Marketing Association (OFMA) will publish a side by side comparison of the
Proposed Rule with the Organic Foods Production Act. The side by side
comparison will be available on the morning of December 17th from the OFMA
We urge everyone to take the opportunity to work with organic farmers in
making the National Organic Program recognized as a market identity of pure
and unadulterated food and fiber products.
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