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Commentary: Organic farmers want their industry regulated. What's the holdup?

The National Pork Producers Council griped bitterly in January 2017 about "midnight" regulations approved by then-U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Despite the whining of the Big Ag trade group, which regularly opposes organics, Vilsack was simply enacting the long sought after organic regulation clarifying the standards for animal welfare for organic livestock. Known as the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices, these standards - 20 years in the making - would not in any way apply to the NPPC's conventional operations.

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