Agricultural Policy

MOFGA’s Ag Services staff monitor and comment upon regulatory oversight issues relating to organic production such as the work of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).


October 2018

Comments by MOFGA and MOFGA Certification Services to the NOSB Fall 2018 Meeting

Marine Materials in Organic Crop Production

Support for development of guidelines for seaweed harvested for fertilizer production, similar to compost, where certifiers verify that the product is made according to the NOP rules. We also strongly support the NOSB and NOP developing aquatic plant standards for animal feed and human consumption.

Full comments: 10.2018 NOSB Marine Materials comments MCS.docx

Recommendations to the Crops Subcommittee


  • Elemental sulfur
  • Plastic mulches and covers
  • Paper pots

Full comments: 10.2018NOSBcommentsCPG.docx

Support for Adding Paper Planting Pots to the National List

Full comments: 10.2918NOSB PPots Comments MCS.pdf

Recommendations to the Livestock Subcommittee

Sunset Materials

  • Alcohols: ethanol, isopropanol
  • Aspirin
  • Biologics, vaccines
  • Electrolytes
  • Glycerine
  • Phosphoric acid
  • Lime, hydrated
  • Mineral oil

Other Topics

  • Eliminating the use of antibiotics in poultry at all stages of life
  • Outdoor Access for Swine

Full comments: 10.2018NOSBCommentsDS.docx

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