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Drought Relief: Organic Ruminant Producers in California

Secretary Vilsack had designated 54 of 58 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions. As a result, organic ruminant livestock operations may not be able to meet the organic pasture requirements in the USDA organic regulations. On February 12, Agricultural Marketing Service Associate Administrator Rex A. Barnes granted a temporary variance to provide relief for impacted livestock producers.

 

Secretary Vilsack had designated 54 of 58 California counties as primary natural disaster areas due to drought conditions. As a result, organic ruminant livestock operations may not be able to meet the organic pasture requirements in the USDA organic regulations. On February 12, Agricultural Marketing Service Associate Administrator Rex A. Barnes granted a temporary variance to provide relief for impacted livestock producers.

Temporary Variance Letter to Certifiers

USDA Drought Information 

About Temporary Variances: AMS may grant temporary variances from the production and handling requirements of the USDA organic regulations for the following reasons: Natural disasters declared by the Secretary; Damage caused by severe weather or other business interruption; or Practices used for the purpose of conducting research in organic production or handling. Procedures for requesting temporary variances are described in NOP 2606: Processing Requests for Temporary Variances

 

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