Apr 3, 2020
USDA taking nominations for five seats on NOSB

The USDA National Organic Program logoThe USDA is seeking nominations of qualified individuals for five open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

The 15-member advisory board considers and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances and other issues involved in the production, handling and processing of USDA certified organic products.

Written applications should be postmarked on or before June 1, 2020.

Each member serves a five-year term and represents specific sectors of the organic community. Current openings for positions beginning January 2021 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 may also be made to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the seven categories representing the scope of the organic community.

Members attend two in-person 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. Nominations may also include an optional cover letter and letters of reference.

Please identify the position to which you are applying.

Nominations may be emailed to Michelle.Arsenault@usda.gov 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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