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AnnouncementApril 22, 2016

The National Organic Program (NOP) of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is pleased to share links for nominating qualified individuals to advisory boards, a grant funding opportunity, and a USDA organic blog.
USDA Seeks to Fill Seats on Advisory Boards
The USDA is accepting nominations for qualified individuals to serve on advisory boards.
USDA will be accepting nominations through May 4, 2016 to fill 12 seats on the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC). Written nominations must include a cover letter, resume, and an AD-755 Application Form.

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The USDA is accepting nominations through June 3, 2016 to fill 5 seats on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Written nominations must include a cover letter, resume, and an AD-755 Application Form.

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Grants for Food Safety Training, Outreach and Technical Assistance
USDA recently announced the availability of $4.7 million in grants for food safety education, training, and technical assistance projects.
The grants, offered through the Food Safety Outreach Program and administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), are designed to help stakeholders comply with new food safety guidelines established by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
For more information, view the press release or the request for applications.  Applications are due no later than June 2.
USDA Blog Highlights Farmer's Experience Transitioning to Organic Certification
A USDA blog posted yesterday highlights how one family used USDA programs to facilitate the transition of their farm to organic certification.
About the Agricultural Marketing Service
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world.
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