Four NOSB Seats Open

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is the advisory committee that advises the Secretary of Agriculture on implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. There are currently four seats open on the NOSB: environmentalist, organic producer, organic handler, and retailer with significant trade in organic products.

NOSB members are volunteers who represent the diversity of the organic community. They are appointed for five-year terms and are expected to attend meetings twice a year, participate in conference calls bimonthly or more, review materials on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and advise the Secretary on other aspects of organic regulation. The term of office will begin January 24, 2015.

Ideal candidates are organically certified, have a strong understanding of organic principles and regulations, have experience in developing public policy through service on advisory boards, and possess a strong commitment to the integrity of the organic food and fiber industry.

CCOF strongly encourages its members to apply for these seats. It is critical that organic producers, processors, and handlers are represented by qualified members who have the time and energy to serve. If you are interested in serving on the NOSB, submit a cover letter, resume, and federal application form by May 15. Letters of support can help strengthen an application. For more detail on application requirements, visit the NOSB Nomination Process web page.

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