Lawmakers Call for Extended Comment Period for Organic Livestock Rule
June 3, 2016

Senate and House agriculture committee leadership called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to grant a 90-day extension of the public comment period for the agency's proposed rule regarding revised organic livestock and poultry production standards, reported Feedstuffs.

Senate Agriculture Committee chair Pat Roberts (Kan.) and ranking member Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Mich.), along with House Agriculture Committee chair Michael Conaway (Texas) and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.), expressed multiple concerns with the proposed rule, urging USDA to address those concerns prior to publishing a final or interim final rule.

"Additional time is necessary for stakeholders to evaluate the changes made in the proposed rule and provide comprehensive feedback on the potential impacts if the rule is implemented," the letter said, asking for an extension from 60 days to 150 days.

"Our review of the standards did not indicate any issues that would set a poor precedent for sheep production," said American Sheep Industry Association Executive Director Peter Orwick.