Let Them Eat Grass! NODPA's Pasture Rule Resource Page
February 12, 2010
Final Access to Pasture Rule is announced by USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan
February 17, 2010
Final Rule published on the Federal register
June 16, 2010
Final rule is effective. All new operations certified on or after June 17 are required to have an Organic Systems Plan (OSP) that shows how they can meet the new regulations. Operations that are already certified have an implementation period of 1 year.
June 17, 2011
All organically certified dairy operations are required to have OSP’s that show how they will meet the new regulations and their operation will need to be in compliance.
"This is the biggest deal in the organic community for many years."
Head of the USDA NOP
"I am still pinching myself to be sure that this is all real--after all these years it seems almost too good to be true."
New York producer
"This is a sound and commendable pasture rule clarification that eliminates all the loopholes of the past and puts controversy behind us."
Michael Sligh of the Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
"The rulemaking is long overdue, and producers and processors need the clarity in the rule to plan for the future and to continue ensuring the integrity of organic certification for the consumer."
Tony Azovedo, California Producer and President of the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA)
"This Final rule is great as it has the specificity and detail that we need to have a level playing field across the country."
Darlene Coehoorn, Wisconsin producer and President of the Midwest Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (MODPA)
"Well Done! Thanks and Congratulations to all who have worked so long and hard getting to this point."
Maine producer and NODPA past President
After many years of work and consensus building an Access to Pasture Final rule was released by the USDA on February 12, 2010. All certified organic dairy operations need to be in compliance with the new rule by June 17, 2011.
Certifier Resources and OSP Documents
Below are some resources provided by some accredited certifiers and organzations providing educational material. If you are a certifier or educator with helpful resources or record keeping forms that you would like to share, please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources produced by NODPA, VOF, MOSES and USDA Agricultural Research Station:
Other Related Resources: