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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service
[TMD-93-00-5]

 

Notice of Meeting for National Organic Standards Board and the 
Livestock Committee of the Board

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Public 
Law 92-463), as amended, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) 
announces a forthcoming meeting of the National Organic Standards Board 
(NOSB).

DATES AND TIMES: January 29, 1994 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the 
Livestock Committee and noon January 30, 1994 to noon February 2, 1994 
for the entire NOSB. Adjournment for the day and reconvening times for 
the next day will be determined at the meetings.

PLACE: Westpark Hotel, 1900 North Fort Meyer Drive, Rosslyn, Virginia. 
All meetings of the NOSB for the week will be held at that address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Harold S. Ricker, Staff Director, 
NOSB, Room 4006 South Building, USDA, AMS, Transportation and Marketing 
Division, P.O. Box 96456, Washington, DC 20090-6456. Phone (202) 720-
2704.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 2119 (7 U.S.C. 6518) of the Food, 
Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACT Act), as amended 
(7 U.S.C. Section 6501 et seq.) requires establishment of a NOSB. The 
purpose of the Board is to assist in the development of standards for 
substances to be used in organic production and to advise the Secretary 
on any other aspects of the implementation of Title XXI of the FACT 
Act. The NOSB met for the first time in Washington, D.C. in March 1992 
and formed six committees to work on various aspects of the program. 
The committees are: Crops Standards; Processing, Labelling and 
Packaging; Livestock Standards; Accreditation; National Materials List; 
and International Issues.

PURPOSE AND AGENDA: The Livestock Committee will convene to discuss and 
review processing and slaughter practices, a position on parasiticides, 
and responses to the committee position on antibiotics. The main focus 
of the meetings of the entire Board is to provide opportunities for 
discussion of issues being considered by working committees. The last 
meeting of the NOSB in September 1993 provided considerable time for 
the committees to present their issues and papers for discussion with 
the full Board. This meeting will continue to have the committees 
presenting their draft positions to the full Board for discussion and 
possible concurrence.
    The full Board will be addressing administrative procedures for 
completion of documents as final recommendations to the Secretary in 
addition to discussing Committee papers. Topics to be covered in the 
full Board meeting include processing standards and processing 
materials needed for the National List of approved and prohibited 
substances; continued work on the development of the accreditation 
requirements and criteria for a peer review panel and for certifying 
agents; and material inputs for organic crop production, developed by 
the Crops Committee; antibiotics position and parasiticides position 
papers by the Livestock Committee; import requirements for organic 
products; and discussion of materials being developed by the various 
committees for consideration for the National List. A final agenda will 
be available on January 10, 1994. Persons requesting copies should 
contact Ms. Faith Ashton at the above address or phone number.

TYPE OF MEETING: All meetings will be open to the public. Individuals 
and organizations wishing to provide written comments on these issues 
or to express public comment on any organic issues should forward the 
request to Harold S. Ricker at the above address or faxed to (202) 690-
0338 by January 21, 1994, in order to be scheduled. The NOSB has 
scheduled time for public input on Monday, January 31, 1994, beginning 
at 9 a.m. and continuing until noon. While people may sign up to speak 
at the door, advance scheduling assures an opportunity in the time 
allowed and helps the NOSB plan its activities. Each individual or 
organization will be allocated 10 minutes for presenting orally the key 
issues of concern, and should provide copies of written material 
elaborating on those issues for the Committees.

    Dated: December 27, 1993.
Lon Hatamiya,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 93-32029 Filed 12-30-93; 8:45 am]
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