USDA wants to develop a voluntary standard to address production practices associated with the term “naturally raised.” Thus, the Ag Marketing Service is in the midst of hosting three listening sessions open to the public.

The sessions are set for 1 p.m. local time. The two remaining sessions are:

  • Jan. 17 - Hyatt Regency Tech Center, Denver, CO; 303-779-1234.
  • Jan. 18 - Seattle Marriott SeaTac Airport, Seattle, WA; 206-241-2000.

Interested parties are encouraged to attend and provide either verbal or written comments. For more info, visit or contact Martin E. O'Connor at 202-720-4486 or