Trump axes Obama-era rule on organic farming

New York, Mar 13 (AFP) The US Department of Agriculture announced today it is withdrawing a much delayed Obama-era rule that would have imposed more regulations on producers of organically raised livestock and poultry.

The department said it lacked the legal authority to enact the rule, published in the closing days of Barack Obama’s government. It was initially set to go into effect in March 2017.

But President Donald Trump’s administration first froze it along with all other new regulations, then delayed it twice, and has now called it off altogether.

The USDA said today the rule would also have increased costs for producers and consumers.