USDA Seeks Nominees for Five Seats on the National Organic Standards Board

Deadline for nominations: June 1, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) seeks nominations of qualified individuals for five seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to begin in January 2021. The 15-member advisory board considers and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and other issues that involve the production, handling and processing of USDA certified organic products.

Each member serves a five-year term and represents specific sectors of the organic community. Current openings 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

Nominations of qualified candidates will also be accepted to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the seven categories representing the scope of the organic community.

Members attend two public meetings each year and participate in bi-monthly subcommittee conference calls. USDA reimburses NOSB members for approved travel and associated lodging expenses.

Nominations must include a resume and an AD-755 application form (pdf). Nominations may include an optional cover letter and letters of reference. Please also identify the position to which you are applying.

Application packages may be emailed to, at the National Organic Program, or mailed to: USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Avenue S.W., Room 2642-S., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, DC 20250-0268.

Electronic submissions are preferred.

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