USDA Seeking Organic Producers to Serve on NOSB

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Los tiempos de respuesta serán lentos debido a los incendios forestales afectando al condado de Santa Cruz y COVID-19. Los plazos de cumplimiento orgánico y las inspecciones se retrasarán para los negocios afectados por estas crisis.  Lea las últimas actualizaciones sobre los incendios forestales del norte de California y visite nuestra página web de Covid-19 para encontrar información específica a la pandemia »

USDA is accepting nominations for National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) members. The deadline to submit nominations is June 1, 2020.
 
Nominations must include a resume, an AD-755 Application form, and may also include a cover letter and references. Nominees must meet the criteria of NOSB membership, which includes having a general understanding of organic principles, practical experience in the organic community, demonstrated experience in the development of public policy, participation in standard development, and more.
 
To apply, submit the application materials electronically to michelle.arsenault@usda.gov or mail physical copies to USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Room 2652-S., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268.
 
NOSB members are volunteers who are appointed by USDA for five-year terms. Members participate in committee meetings, bi-monthly subcommittee conference calls, review materials and/or recommend changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, and advise the Secretary of the USDA on aspects of the USDA organic regulations.
 
USDA is seeking:
Two individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals
Two individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups
One individual who is a USDA-accredited certifying agent
 
USDA is also accepting nominations for a pool of candidates that may fill unexpected vacancies in all other positions. 
 
The committee consists of 15 members who represent a broad range of organic community representatives:
  • four members who own or operate an organic farming operation;
  • two members who own or operate an organic handling operation;
  • one member who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products;
  • three members with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation;
  • three members who represent public interest or consumer interest groups;
  • one member with expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; and
  • one member who is a certifying agent.
 
CCOF strongly encourages members who qualify to apply for NOSB seats. NOSB members serve the organic community and work on the development and strengthening of the organic regulations. CCOF can provide support and guidance to those who are interested in the opportunity to serve on NOSB. Please contact CCOF’s Policy team if you are interested in serving on the board.
 

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