brings farming expertise to national organic board role
Jeff Moyer, The Rodale Institute’s farm
manager, was recently appointed as a new member of the
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), by Agriculture
Secretary Mike Johanns. Moyer has been employed for
over 29 years by The Rodale Institute®, a global
leader in organic research and education.
“We’re honored that Jeff has been appointed
to the NOSB. His years of practical organic farming
experience working directly with farmers, extension,
and researchers will be a major asset to the Board,
and the entire farming community,” said John Haberern,
president of The Rodale Institute.
“I have been involved in organic agriculture
for many years and plan to bring to the NOSB the same
energy I’ve brought to the farm manager position
here at The Rodale Institute. Searching for innovative
and creative ways to solve the many problems and issues
facing the organic industry is a challenge I look forward
to tackling,” said Moyer.
The Rodale Institute is a not-for-profit educational
and research organization committed to sharing information
globally about successful agricultural solutions to
health and environmental problems. The Rodale Institute
has worked for sixty years to establish and share knowledge
about how to achieve a regenerative food system that
renews environmental and human health, bringing to life
the philosophy of J. I. Rodale, the founder, that "Healthy
Soil = Health Food = Healthy People®."
Posted December 8, 2005 The National Organic Standards
Board (NOSB) got its first executive director and welcomed six new
members this week.
Valerie Frances, who has served as certification director and marketing
coordinator at the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will begin
work in late January. She will facilitate the work of the NOSB,
including handling its recommendations to the secretary of the USDA.
Jim Riddle, immediate past chair of the NOSB, said of Frances,
“I believe that Valerie understands the importance of the
NOSB serving as the pulse of the organic community and as a gatekeeper
for organic integrity and consumer confidence. I am confident that
Valerie will do a good job in her new position.”
Riddle, founding chair of the Independent Organic Inspectors Association
(IOIA), is leaving the board this month at the end of his term.
He noted the NOSB spearheaded work over the past three years to
define the executive director job description and secure funding
Starting five-year terms to replace persons whose terms have expired
are: certifier member Joseph Smillie; consumer/public interest members
Daniel Giacomini, Jennifer Hall and Katrina Heinze; and producer
members Kevin Engelbert and Jeffrey Moyer.
Giacomini is an independent dairy nutrition consultant from Middletown,
California. Hall, an advocate for anti-hunger policies, is also
an organic consultant to Seattle restaurants. Heinze is the manager
of global regulatory affairs for General Mills of Minneapolis, Minnesota,
where she is responsible for food safety and regulatory matters.
Engelbert, from Nichols, New York, is a fifth-generation crop and
dairy farmer. Moyer is the farm manager at The Rodale Institute®
in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Smillie, of South Burlington, Vermont,
is senior vice president with Quality Assurance International, a
USDA-accredited certifying agent that operates globally to certify
organic operations to National Organic Program (NOP) standards.
The board’s membership is designed to span the many interests
within the organic food and farming sector. It is authorized by
law to make recommendations to the “national list” of
allowed and prohibited substances, the document used for certification
inspections throughout organic production, processing and packaging
systems. The board may also provide advice on other aspects of the
organic program, such as the current dialogue on enforcement of
access to pasture matters.
The NOSB has 15 members representing all the various interests
of organic producers and consumers (four producers, two handlers,
one retailer, three environmentalists, three consumers, one scientist,
and one certifying agent).
To ensure a broad representation of interests on the Board, NOP
conducted an aggressive nomination search for the new members, contacting
over 11,000 organic certified organic producers and handlers as
well as numerous farmer groups throughout the nation.
For details on the National Organic Program, visit www.ams.usda.gov/nop.