The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service has extended until February 17, 2015, the comment period for a proposed rule that would expand assessment exemptions for commodity promotion activities “to cover all ‘organic’ and ‘100 percent organic’ products certified under the National Organic Program regardless of whether the person requesting the exemption also produces, handles, or imports conventional or nonorganic products.” Under the current rule, the exemption applies only to those who exclusively produce and market products certified as 100-percent organic. Additional details about the original notice appear in Issue 549 of this Update. See Federal Register, January 15, 2015.