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USDA Seeks Nominations for the National Organic Standards Board

Release No.: 028-14

Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking nominations to fill four vacancies on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

Vacancies for the 15-member organic standards board need to be filled for an environmentalist, organic producer, organic handler, and retailer. The positions are specifically designated to represent various sectors of the organic community, including those who have expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation, own or operate an organic production or handling operation, or own or operate a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products.

The NOSB is responsible for reviewing materials and/or recommending changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and advising the Secretary of Agriculture on other aspects of the USDA organic regulations.

Appointees will serve a 5-year term of office beginning January 24, 2015.

Written nominations, with cover letters, resumes and a required form, must be postmarked on or before May 15, 2014. Nominations can also include endorsements or letters of recommendations. All applicable information should be sent to Rita Meade, USDA–AMS–NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 2648–S, Ag Stop 0268, Washington, D.C. 20250. For more information, contact Rita Meade at (202) 720–3252; e-mail:

USDA encourages board membership that reflects the diversity of the individuals served by its industry. Diversity includes gender, race, disability, length of service, and size and type of operation.


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