AGA and OCM are excited to receive this extended comment period!  We are asking everyone to make this final push really count!  

Food and food labels effect everyone, not just the farmers we represent – food impacts retailers, consumers, restauranteurs, chefs, and everyone in-between.
 
If you or your staff, neighbors, friends, family, alliance members, or anyone you know with a name, an email, and eats food hasn’t yet signed, please take a minute and consider to showing your support and asking others to show their support for you, your work, and the food systems we believe in by commenting on the petition!  

Here is the link to comment: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FSIS-2018-0024 

If you think you would like some inspiration on what to write, here is a link to some key points: https://www.americangrassfed.org/comment-period-officially-open-change-labeling-policy-with-letters-of-support-for-aga-and-ocm-petition/

SEE FULL ANNOUCEMENT RELEASED BY USDA BELOW:

FSIS Extends Comment Period for Petition on “Product of U.S.A.” Labeling Claim

FSIS is extending the comment period for a petition submitted by the Organization for Competitive Markets and the American Grassfed Association requesting that FSIS change the “Product of U.S.A.” entry in the FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book. The petition was submitted on June 12, 2018, and posted to the FSIS website on June 18, 2018. The petition is available on the FSIS website at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/195183b8-d436-4914-8b73-449fd0a5a623/18-05-Amercan-Grassfed-Association-061818.pdf?MOD=AJPERES.

FSIS’ regulations permit interested persons to submit comments on petitions filed with the Agency and provide for posting these comments on the FSIS website (9 CFR 392.7). The regulations also state that comments on a petition should be submitted within 60 days of the posting date of the petition (9 CFR 392.7(b)). The comment period for the USCA petition was scheduled to close on Aug. 17, 2018. However, the petition has generated significant interest from stakeholders, and on Aug. 14, 2018, FSIS received a request to extend the comment period. Therefore, FSIS is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days. 

To facilitate submission and public posting of comments, interested persons may submit comments online via the federal eRulemaking portal at: http://www.regulations.gov; by mail sent to Docket Clerk, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Mailstop 3758, Room 6065, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700; or by hand or courier delivery to 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Room 6065, Washington, D.C. 20250-3700.

All comments submitted by mail or electronic mail must include the Agency name and identification number FSIS-2018-0024. Comments on this petition will be made available for public inspection and posted without change, including any personal information, to: http://www.regulations.gov. Comments on the petition should be submitted by Sept. 17, 2018.