The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed a rule that would allow anyone producing, handling, marketing, or importing certified organic products to be exempt from paying the assessments associated with commodity promotion activities like advertising. The exemption would cover all “organic” and “100 percent organic” products certified under the National Organic Program. The current rule allows the exemption to apply only to those who exclusively produce and market products certified as 100-percent organic, but the proposed rule would broaden application to include all organic products regardless of whether the person or company imports or handles nonorganic products as well. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by January 15, 2015. See Federal Register, December 16, 2014.