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June, 2011

We are pleased to announce the availability of the spring 2011 National Organic Standards Board recommendations and an job opportunity within the NOP Standards Division.  Please see below for additional details.
Spring 2011 NOSB Recommendations


We are pleased to announce that final recommendations from the April 26-29, 2011 meeting of the National Organic Standards Board are now available:
If you weren't able to join us in Seattle, an NOSB meeting recap is included in the March / April NOP Newsletter.


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Agricultural Marketing Specialist (Standardization)

Job Announcement Number: 24NO-2011-0009, GS-9/11/12/13
Application Deadline: Monday, July 11, 2011  

This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6NO-2011-0009).

Learn more & apply online 


The incumbent serves as an Agricultural Marketing Specialist for the Standards Division, National Organic Program (NOP), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). The NOP Standards Division engages in rulemaking to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, amends existing regulations, and promulgates new standards. The division provides policy clarification with respect to the interpretation of the regulations and is responsible for the NOP Program Manual that includes NOP Policies and Procedures and provides clarification to organic producers, handlers, and accredited certifying agents regarding the National Organic Standards. 


About the National Organic Standards Board
The 15-member National Organic Standards Board is made up of organic farmers and growers, handlers and processors, retailers, environmentalists and conservationists, consumer and public interest advocates, a scientist, and a USDA-accreditated certifying agent. The NOSB advises the Secretary of Agriculture on allowed and prohibited substances in organic production and handling and other issues related to the implementation of the Organic Foods Production Act. 
About the National Organic Program (NOP)

The NOP facilitates trade and ensures integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

About the NOP Organic Insider

The NOP Organic Insider is intended to inform the organic community on a wide range of NOP functions, including organic standards, accreditation and international activities, compliance and enforcement, the National Organic Standards Board, training events, and the Cost Share program.  


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