From the USDA:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on March 12 announced the
decision to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices
final rule published Jan. 19, 2017.
The rule would have increased
federal regulation of livestock and poultry for certified organic
producers and handlers. The withdrawal becomes effective May 13.
Significant policy and legal issues were identified after the rule
published in January 2017. After careful review and two rounds of public
comment, USDA has determined that the rule exceeds the department’s
statutory authority, and that the changes to the existing organic
regulations could have a negative effect on voluntary participation in
the National Organic Program, including real costs for producers and
“The existing robust organic livestock and poultry regulations are
effective,” said USDA Marketing and Regulatory Program Undersecretary
Greg Ibach. “The organic industry’s continued growth domestically and
globally shows that consumers trust the current approach that balances
consumer expectations and the needs of organic producers and handlers.”
According to USDA reports for 2017, the number of certified organic
operations increased domestically by 7 percent and globally by 11
percent. Industry estimates show that organic sales in the United States
reached almost $47 billion in 2016, reflecting an increase of almost
$3.7 billion since 2015.
The USDA carefully considered public comments and the relative
costs and benefits for both producers and consumers of imposing the
proposed additional regulations.
More information on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule is available in the March 12 Federal Register or https://www.ams.usda.gov/services/organic-certification at this link.