The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced the availability of draft guidance concerning (i) “the classification of materials under USDA organic regulations (7 CFR part 205)” and (ii) “materials for use in organic crop production.” In particular, the first set of guidance “details the procedures and decision trees for classifying the materials used for organic crop production, livestock production, and handling,” while the second set includes “an itemization of allowed natural and synthetic materials and a limited appendix of materials prohibited in organic crop production.”

AMS has asked “accredited certifying agents, certified operations, material evaluation programs, and other organic industry stakeholders” to submit comments on these documents through June 3, 2013. The agency will eventually publish the finalized version as part of the National Organic Program’s handbook for certifying agents and certified operations. See Federal Register, April 2, 2013.