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USDA has reaffirmed its decision not to implement new animal welfare standards for organic farms despite multiple flaws made in the department's analysis of an Obama-era rule.

The Agricultural Marketing Service says in a final decision published in today's Federal Register that two regulatory impact analyses on the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Rule, including one prepared to justify its 2018 withdrawal, contained errors.

Laura Batcha, the Organic Trade Association's CEO and president, said "organic standards should be allowed to advance, and not be held back by blatant inaccuracies on the part of USDA." Referring to the federal judge that ordered USDA to explain its analysis, Batcha said her group "urges the court to move quickly and rule in its favor on its organic livestock welfare lawsuit."

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