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May 21, 2020

Nominees Needed for the National Organic Standards Board

USDA is seeking nominations to fill five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The deadline is June 1, 2020.

First established in 2001, the NOSB considers and makes recommendations on a wide range of issues involving the production, handling, and processing of organic products. The NOSB also has special responsibilities related to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, which identifies the substances that may be used, or not used, in organic crop production and processed organic products.

The board consists of 15 USDA-appointed individuals, with each member serving a five-year term and representing a specific sector of the organic community. The positions open for appointment include: two individuals who own or are employed by an organic farming operation; two individuals who represent public or consumer interest groups; and one individual who is a USDA certifying agent. Click here to view the full list of current members.

Appointed individuals will be announced in fall 2020 and begin their term in January 2021. Members must attend two in-person meetings each year and participate in bi-monthly subcommittee conference calls. The USDA will reimburse members for approved travel and associated lodging expenses.

Interested parties must submit a resume and an AD-755 application form to [email protected] at the National Organic Program or mail it to:


1400 Independence Ave. S.W., Room 2642-S., Ag Stop 0268

Washington, DC 20250-0268

For additional questions contact Dennis Nuxoll ([email protected]) or Tracey Chow ([email protected]).