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October 25, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a peppy and vivacious week! This week's top stories include an announcement about the establishment of several new American viticultural areas, and a final rule addressing the National Organic Standards Board recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture. Next week we'll have more "Popular Pages at TTB.gov/" for you!

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TTB ESTABLISHES FOUR NEW VITICULTURAL AREAS IN CALIFORNIA

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, we published three final rules in the Federal Register, establishing four new American viticultural areas and modifying one existing viticultural area in California. 

  • T.D. TTB-116 establishes the 7,800-acre "Ballard Canyon" viticultural area in Santa Barbara County.
  • T.D. TTB-117 establishes the 17,633-acre "Moon Mountain District Sonoma County" viticultural area.
  • T.D. TTB-118 establishes the 11,000-acre "Big Valley District-Lake County" viticultural area, the 9,100-acre "Kelsey Bench-Lake County" viticultural area, and makes a minor boundary change to the existing "Red Hills Lake County" viticultural area.

All three of these final rules are effective on November 1, 2013.  We issued these regulations in response to petitions from local vintners and grape growers.  TTB designates viticultural areas to allow vintners to better describe the origin of their wines and to allow consumers to better identify wines they may purchase.

AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, USDA, ISSUES FINAL RULE ON NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM 2013 SUNSET REVIEW

This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their November 2011 and May 2012 meetings. These recommendations pertain to the 2013 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule continues the allowed uses of multiple synthetic and nonsynthetic substances and the prohibition of one nonsynthetic substance on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations). This rule also removes one synthetic substance from the National List. This rule is effective November 3, 2013.

View the final rule: National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2013)