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New federal rule should benefit organic livestock farms

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Minnesota's organic livestock producers are expected to benefit from a new federal rule that more clearly defines pasture requirements for organic ruminant animals such as cattle, sheep and goats.

The National Organic Program Final Rule that went into effect in 2002 specified that all organic livestock must have access to the outdoors and ruminants must have "access to pasture," a phrase that turned out to be vague and unenforceable.

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