Applicants Sought for National Organic Standards Board


May 18, 2015 - The USDA is seeking five new members for the 15-member National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), and has extended the deadline for nominations to June 17, 2015 – providing an additional month to apply.

The NOSB is seeking to fill seats reserved for two organic farmers/producers, two representatives of public-interest or consumer-interest groups, and one USDA-accredited organic certification expert. The term of service for the open positions runs from Jan. 2016 through Jan. 2021.

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a Federal Advisory Committee tasked with reviewing materials allowed in organic farming systems, and advising the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer encouraged organic farmers to consider applying.

“Service on the NOSB requires a good balance of solid science and knowledge of the practical challenges of organic farming,” Tencer said. “NOSB members provide vital input into the regulatory process, benefiting the entire organic community.”

Written nominations, with cover letter, resume, and a required USDA form, must be postmarked on or before June 17, 2015. For more information read the nominations flyer, check the criteria for membership, and download the NOSB Membership AD755 application. Click here to visit the NOSB nominations webpage.

Maria Gaura - OFRF