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National Organic Standards Board: April 26-29

The National Organic Standards Board is meeting April 26-29 at the Heidrick Ag History Center, 1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, Calif. "The NOSB will continue its review pertaining to the continued exemption (use) of 37 agricultural products not commercially available as organic that are scheduled to expire after June 27, 2012. The NOSB will also continue its review pertaining to the continued exemption and prohibition of 182 substances used in organic production and handling that are set to sunset on October 7, 2012," including insecticidal soaps and soap-based herbicides. In addition, "the Crops Committee will present a recommendation offering guidance regarding the use of inerts in pesticide formulations due to their reassessment under the Food Quality Protection Act recently completed by EPA." For more information, contact NOSB Executive Director Valerie Frances at (202) 720-3252 or visit the NOP Web site at: www.ams.usda.gov/nop

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