Thinking About Applying to Serve on the USDA National Organic Standards Board?

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Thinking About Applying to Serve on the USDA National Organic Standards Board?

Zoom Chat: May 4, 2021 at 3:00 pm ET

Applying to serve on a federal advisory committee can be daunting. Am I qualified? How many hours a week do members commit? How do they balance work, family, and a volunteer commitment? Do committee members get paid?

You’re in luck – several current and former members of the USDA National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) are holding an informal “Coffee time” for anyone interested in learning what it’s like to serve on the Board. This is an informal way for potential applicants to get their questions answered in time to submit their application for the 2022 Call for NOSB Nominations. NOTE: This is not a meeting of the Board and no issue before the Board for consideration will be discussed.

Interested in joining the Board? APPLY BY June 1, 2021: USDA is seeking nominations of qualified individuals for four open seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a 15-member volunteer advisory board appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture. The NOSB considers public comments and makes recommendations on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances; and other topics related to organic agriculture.

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For more information on how to apply for current or future vacancies, please visit the NOSB Nomination Process web page.

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