March 8, 2004: The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking
nominations to fill five upcoming vacancies on the National Organic
Standards Board (NOSB). Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman
will appoint persons to serve a 5-year term of office to commence
January 24, 2005, and run until January 24, 2010.
The NOSB is a 15-member board responsible for developing and recommending
to the Secretary a proposed National List of Approved and Prohibited
Substances. The NOSB also advises the Secretary on all other aspects
of the National Organic Program.
USDA is asking for nominations to fill the following five upcoming
vacancies: organic producer (two positions), organic handler, retailer,
and environmentalist. To serve on the NOSB, an individual must be
either an owner or operator of an organic production operation,
an owner or operator of an organic handling operation, an individual
who owns or operates a retail establishment with significant trade
in organic products, or an individual with expertise in areas of
environmental protection and resource conservation. USDA will follow
equal opportunity practices in all appointments to the NOSB.