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AnnouncementMarch 16, 2015


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) would like to share this clarification about the Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force Call for Nominations posted last week.


Clarification on Nominations for Hydroponic and Aquaponic Task Force

On March 9, 2015, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published a Federal Register Notice calling for nominees for a hydroponic and aquaponic task force. The task force will report to the National Organic Standards Board to (1) describe current hydroponic and aquaponic production methods used in organic production, and (2) assess whether these practices align with Organic Foods Production Act

and the USDA organic regulations.


AMS would like to clarify that our objective is to assemble a task force whose members represent a diversity of perspectives on the topic. Accordingly, this includes individuals who have not worked in hydroponics and aquaponics, but who have relevant experience and knowledge that will enable them to provide valuable contributions to the process.


As stated in the Notice, candidates with demonstrable knowledge of organic production or certification procedures are preferred.


The deadline for nominations is May 8, 2015. For further information please contact Mark Bradley, Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program; Telephone (202) 720-3252; email:                                           


Call for Nominations Federal Register Notice 


Press Release 


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