Apply for the National Organic Standards Board – Deadline June 15

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Apply today to fill one of five openings on the National Organics Standards Board (NOSB). Applications are due June 15, 2015.

About the NOSB

The NOSB is a 15-member volunteer board that gives recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture related to the implementation of the federal Organic Foods Act. The board recommends what substances should be allowed in organic production, helps develop organic standards, and provides other guidance on organic production and handling regulations.

NOSB members 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.

Who Should Apply

Seats on the NOSB are designated to people from certain backgrounds. For this round of nominations, the following seats are open:

  • Organic farmers/producers (2)
  • Public or consumer interest group representatives (2)
  • USDA accredited certifying agent (1)

USDA will consider additional criteria to evaluate nominees, including familiarity with the organic sector, experience in public policy, and the ability to evaluate technical information.

How to Apply

CCOF encourages our members to apply, and we are happy to offer support and guidance when appropriate. Please contact Meaghan Donovan at if you are interested in learning more.

Written applications are due June 15, 2015, and should include a cover letter, resume, and an AD–755 application form. For more information on how to apply, refer to the NOSB nomination process webpage or contact Rita Meade at (202) 720-3252 or