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AnnouncementFebruary 24, 2015


AMS is pleased to announce the posting of slides from the recent National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) training, and to announce a new funding opportunity.

National Organic Standards Board Training

On February 4-5, AMS and the National Organic Program (NOP) held orientation training for the four new members of the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) in Washington, DC. The three NOSB Officers also attended. NOSB members represent all segments of the organic community, come from all parts of the United States, and bring diverse perspectives and interest. 

Topics covered at the training included: The Organic Food Production Act, Federal Advisory Committee Act, the petition and sunset process, the rulemaking life cycle, best practices for developing proposals and recommendations, and annual ethics and conflict of interest training. 

Training slides are available on the NOP website; visit the  NOSB Meetings page and select February 4-5, 2015 - Training from the drop-down menu.

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative
Request for Applications

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI)
Request for Applications. The "Plant Health and Production and Plant Products" program area includes references to organic agriculture that may be of interest to the community!

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