Calling All Members: Scholarships Available for NOSB in St. Paul

CCOF is committed to helping producers attend National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meetings by providing scholarships to cover the costs of travel and lodging. 
Scholarships are currently available for the upcoming NOSB meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota on October 24-26, 2018. 
To apply for the scholarship, please complete and submit the application to by Friday, October 12, 2018.
At their fall meeting, NOSB will vote to relist the 2020 Sunset Review materials to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. NOSB reviews all substances on the National List every five years to determine their status in organic production. NOSB discussed the substances at their spring 2018 meeting in Tuscan, Arizona and completed preliminary reviews for each. Members of the board will use that information and comments provided by the organic sector to vote on relisting the materials or removing them from the National List. More information on the process can be found here.
Materials Subcommittee
o Proposal: 2018 Research Priorities
o Proposal: Genetic Integrity transparency of seed grown on organic land
o Proposal: Excluded methods determinations October 2018
o Discussion document: Marine materials in organic crop production
Compliance, Accreditation, and Certification Subcommittee
o Proposal: Developing criteria for risk-based accreditation oversight
o Proposal: Training and oversight of inspector and certification reviewer personnel
Livestock Subcommittee:
o Discussion document: Oxalic acid – petitioned
Handling Subcommittee:
o Proposal: Sodium chlorite for the generation of chlorine dioxide gas – petitioned
o Proposal: Silver dihydrate citrate – petitioned
o Proposal: Japones pepper – petitioned
o Proposal: Ethiopian pepper – petitioned
o Proposal: Tamarind seed gum – petitioned
o Discussion document: Pullulan – petitioned
o Discussion document: Collagen Gel (Casing) – petitioned
Crops Subcommittee:
o Proposal: Allyl isothiocyanate (AITC) – petitioned
o Proposal: Sodium citrate – petitioned
o Proposal: Natamycin – petitioned
o Proposal: Strengthening the organic seed guidance October 2018
o Discussion document: Ammonium citrate and Ammonium glycinate – petitioned
o Discussion document: Calcium acetate – petitioned
o Discussion document: Paper pots – petitioned
Please contact Peter Nell at or 831-346-6218 for questions. Only complete applications will be considered.