Thursday, June 8, 2017

Advisory Positions from Sec.of Agriculture for Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers. June 7, 2017.

      The Secretary of Agriculture is soliciting nominations for membership for the Advisory Committee on Minority Farmers.  Interested individuals from among socially disadvantaged farming and ranching producers (industry); civil rights professionals; private nonprofit organizations; State, and Tribal agricultural agencies; academic institutions; commercial banking entities; trade associations; related enterprises that support socially disadvantaged producers; and higher education institutions that work with socially disadvantaged producers. 

Prior applicants under the previous solicitation are not required to reapply.  An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership; alternatively, an individual may nominate herself or himself.  Nomination packages should include a nomination form along with a cover letter or resume that documents the nominee’s background and experience.  Nomination forms are available on the Internet at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755For additional information, please visit: 


2.      The Secretary of Agriculture is also soliciting nominations for membership for the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.  We are soliciting nominations from interested organizations and individuals from among ranching and farming producers (industry), related government, State, and Tribal agricultural agencies, academic institutions, commercial banking entities, trade associations, and related nonprofit enterprises. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2017.

Prior applicants under the previous solicitation are not required to reapply.  An organization may nominate individuals from within or outside its membership; alternatively, an individual may nominate herself or himself.  Nomination packages should include a nomination form along with a cover letter or resume that documents the nominee’s background and experience.  Nomination forms are available on the Internet at https://www.ocio.usda.gov/document/ad-755.  For additional information, please visit:



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Call for Nominations to Serve on NOSB

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Agriculture on the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. NOSB members are volunteers and come from across the organic community. Each member is appointed by the Department of Agriculture to a five-year term.
USDA seeks nominations to fill one vacancy for an individual with expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource conservation to serve on the NOSB from January 2018 to January 2023. The USDA is also seeking nominations for a pool of candidates to fill future unexpected vacancies in any of the seven position categories, should unexpected vacancies occur. A person appointed to fill an unexpected vacancy will serve for the remainder of the 5-year term of the vacant position. 
Committee member duties include:
  • Attending committee meetings (travel paid by USDA)
  • Participating in bi-monthly subcommittee conference calls
  • Reviewing materials and/or recommending changes to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances
  • Advising the Secretary on other aspects of the USDA organic regulations
Written nominations must include a resume, an AD-755 Application Form, and a cover letter (optional), and must be postmarked on or before August 7, 2017.
More Information:
For more information, visit the NOSB Nominations Webpage.

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