Nomination Process

Status: NOSB Call for Nominations is CLOSED
Submission Deadline: June 1, 2020

USDA seeks to fill five National Organic Standards Board vacancies. The Secretary of Agriculture will appoint new members to five-year terms to begin in January 2021. Current vacancies include:

  • Two (2) individuals who own or operate an organic farming operation, or employees of such individuals
  • Two (2) individuals who represent public interest or consumer interest groups
  • One (1) individual who is a USDA-accredited certifying agent

The new appointees are expected to be announced in the Fall of 2020.

Additional information

For additional questions, contact Michelle Arsenault at 202-720-0081 or 202-720-3252, or email Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov.

NOSB Nomination Process

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.