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Organic board will not reschedule fall meetingThe fall meeting of the National Organic Standards Board that was cancelled because of the government shutdown in October will not be rescheduled.

In response to “a number of questions,” officials with the Agricultural Marketing Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed factors including facility and participant availability and decided the board should skip its fall session, according to a news release.

The board is to meet as scheduled the week of April 28 for its regular spring meeting in San Antonio.

The starting point for the spring session will be the fall 2013 agenda. Additional items may be added based on the board’s work in the coming months, according to the release.

For details on how the board will handle public comments submitted for consideration this fall, watch for updates on the National Organic Program Insider website at

People who signed up to make comments live at the meeting will need to sign up again to make live comments at the spring meeting.