Nomination Process

Status: NOSB Call for Nominations is CLOSED
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2021

Applications are under review.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Organic Program (NOP) to fill four seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to begin in January 2022. Each member serves a five-year term and represents specific sectors of the organic community. Members participate in two subcommittee conference calls each month and attend two public meetings each year. USDA reimburses NOSB members for approved travel and associated lodging expenses.

Applications are being considered for the following seats:

  • One individual who owns or operates an organic farming operation or an employee of such individual.
  • One individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation.
  • One individual who represents public interest or consumer interest groups.
  • One individual with expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry.

The USDA encourages submissions from traditionally underrepresented individuals, organizations, and businesses to reflect the diversity of this industry. The USDA encourages submissions from qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to Apply:

Written applications must include:


Applications may also include:

  • Cover letter (optional)
  • Letters of reference (optional)

Electronic submissions are preferred and should be emailed to Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov. You may also mail your application materials to: USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Room 2642-S., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268.

Additional information

Appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, the NOSB is a Federal Advisory Committee comprised of a diverse group of individuals from the organic community. In accordance with the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, the Board shall be comprised of 15 members, of which:

  • Four shall be individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation or employees of such individuals.
  • Two shall be individuals who own or operate an organic handling operation or employees of such individuals.
  • One shall be an individual who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade in organic products or employees of such individuals.
  • Three shall be individuals with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation.
  • Three shall be individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups.
  • One shall be an individual with expertise in the fields of toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry.
  • One shall be an individual who is a certifying agent as identified under section 6515 of this title.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Arsenault at Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov or 202.997.0115.