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The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) National Organic Program (NOP) has posted meeting materials for the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring meeting, to be held in Tuscon, AZ, April 25-27, 2018. Documents are posted on the Spring 2018 NOSB meeting webpage. Posted materials include a tentative Meeting Agenda and Proposals and Discussion Documents.

Updated NOSB Work Agenda

The NOP and NOSB collaborate to develop and maintain a work agenda, or project list, that supports NOP’s mission. We recently updated the work agenda format to provide more detail about project timing and prioritization to increase transparency.

View the Updated Work Agenda.

Inviting Stakeholder Engagement

The NOSB invites public comments that address topics on the Spring 2018 meeting agenda.
Deadlines: To be considered during the 2018 Spring Meeting, written comments and requests for oral comment speaking slots must be received by 11:59 p.m. April 4, 2018.
For details on how to submit comments — both oral and written — and to access the meeting materials, including proposals and the new work agenda, please visit the Spring 2018 NOSB meeting webpage.

Junta Nacional de Normas Orgánicas (NOSB) Reunión de Primavera 2018 sobre Materiales Publicados

El Servicio de Comercialización Agrícola del USDA (AMS) por sus siglas en inglés, ha anunciado la reunión de primavera sobre materiales de la Junta Nacional de Normas Orgánicas (NOSB), que se realizará en Tuscon, AZ del 25 al 27 de abril, 2018. Los documentos están publicados en la página web de la Reunión de Primavera 2018 sobre Materiales Publicados. Los materiales publicados incluyen una Agenda tentativa de la Reunión, Propuestas y Documentos de Discusión.

Agenda de trabajo actualizada del NOSB

El NOP y el NOSB colaboran para desarrollar y mantener una agenda de trabajo, o una lista de proyectos, que apoye la misión de NOP. Recientemente actualizamos el formato de la agenda de trabajo para proporcionar más detalles sobre el tiempo justo del proyecto y priorización para aumentar la transparencia.

Vea la agenda actualizada

Invitando a participar a las partes interesadas

El NOSB invita a comentarios públicos que aborden tópicos en la agenda de la Reunión de Primavera 2018.

Plazo: Para ser considerado durante la Reunión de Primavera 2018, los comentarios por escrito y las solicitudes para presentación de comentarios orales deben recibirse a más tardar a las 11:59 pm del 4 el abril.

Para detalles sobre como enviar comentarios — tanto orales como escritos — y para acceder a los materiales de la reunión, incluyendo las propuestas y la nueva agenda de trabajo, visite la página web de la la Reunión de Primavera 2018.

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