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AnnouncementJanuary 15, 2013


The National Organic Program (NOP) is pleased to announce that Secretary Vilsack has appointed the newest member of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).  

Dr. Francis Thicke Appointed to NOSB

Please join us in welcoming environmentalist and farmer Francis Thicke, Ph.D. to the NOSB today, adding valuable perspective to this 15-member advisory Board.    

An organic farmer for over 30 years, Dr. Thicke currently operates an 80-cow, certified organic dairy in Fairfield, Iowa, producing milk, cream, yogurt, and cheese.  

He has been active in many environmental organizations including the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, the Leopold Group Sierra Club in Southeast Iowa, the Iowa Environmental Protection Commission, and Food Democracy Now.  

Dr. Thicke's five-year term will begin January 24, 2013, replacing Barry Flamm, Ph.D. as one of the three environmentalists serving on the NOSB.  

USDA thanks Dr. Flamm, current NOSB Chair, for his expertise and service to the organic community.     

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