Sunset 2013 Final Rule:
The "Sunset 2013" final rule implements recommendations from the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to address 13 listings on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.
This action affects the crops and processing sections of the National List, renewing 12 listings for five years and removing one listing. This rule takes the following actions:
Renews the existing allowance for the following substances for 5 years:
- Copper sulfate (two listings)
- Ozone gas
- EPA List 3 Inerts
- Calcium chloride
- Animal enzymes
- Calcium sulfate
- Glucono Delta-Lactone
- Tartaric acid (made from grape wine)
- Tartaric acid (made from malic acid)
Per the Organic Foods Production Act, the NOSB must review all listings on the National List every 5 years. The NOSB is a citizen advisory board that makes recommendations to the USDA about which substances should be allowed and prohibited in organic agriculture.
Specialty Crop Block Grantees:
In late September, Secretary Vilsack announced that USDA will invest $52 million in grants to support America's specialty crop producers through the 2013 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards.
The funding includes 54 block grants to U.S. states and territories that will support 694 initiatives nationwide. These grants will assist producers of fresh fruits and vegetables and help strengthen markets for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture.
Many states, especially those that are also certifying agents or a state organic program, plan to use a portion these funds to support organic agriculture.
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