The effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule has been delayed until May 14, 2018.

The OLPP rule amends livestock and poultry production requirements by adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions. It also expands and clarifies existing requirements for livestock care and production practices, as well as mammalian living conditions. The rule finalized a proposed rule that was published by the Agricultural Marketing Service in April 2016.

The rule has been delayed to allow further comments on the following questions:

  • USDA statutory authority to regulate animal welfare;
  • The likely costs and benefits of the rule;
  • Whether the OLPP rule represents the most innovative and least burdensome way to achieve regulatory ends;
  • And revised calculations and analysis of the OLPP rule.