A decade after such regulations were proposed, the USDA has passed new requirements for organic dairy farmers. New rules specify that cows must be allowed to graze on open pastures for at least 120 days of the year and get a minimum of 30 percent of their nutrition from fresh grass for their product to qualify as organic.
The decision marks a victory for organic food advocates, who have vigorously lobbied for the United States to revamp organic milk requirements.
I appeared on New Hampshire Public radio today explaining the Organic Pasture rule from the USDA. Here's the link if you want the quick takeaway.