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Proposed pasture requirements: OTA's initial impression is favorable

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has published proposed regulations to clarify issues around pasture requirements for organic ruminant livestock. The Organic Trade Association's initial impression is that the regulation will continue to reinforce for shoppers that organic dairy products and beef, for example, are from animals that are receiving proper feed, access to fresh air and sunshine, and well-managed living conditions.

The USDA is accepting public comments on the proposed regulations until Dec. 23. Read the proposed rule on the National Organic Program web site.

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