WASHINGTON, February 4, 2022-The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of four new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The NOSB is made up of 15 volunteer members representing the biological community. The new members announced today will serve for five years, until January 2027.
“Members of the National Organic Standards Board play a vital role in listening to what the public has to say and weighing recommendations for updates to organic standards through open, transparent and collaborative processes,” said Jenny Lester. Moffitt, undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs. “Over the next five years, these new people will add their experience to help the USDA provide farmers and handlers with the tools they need to meet consumer demand for organic produce, and they will help ensure that organic is part of efforts to build a more climate-smart, resilient and equitable world food system.”
“We also express our deepest gratitude to the outgoing board members for their dedication and significant contributions to the biological community,” Moffitt said.
The new members announced today are:
Elizabeth (Liz) Graznak (Missouri) is appointed to an environmental protection and resource conservation seat. Graznak holds a degree in environmental studies and has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable agriculture as an organic farmer and in previous appointments with environmentally focused councils.
Allison Johnson (California) is appointed to a public interest or consumer interest group seat. Johnson currently works for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). She is a lawyer with experience working with organic regulations, an organic certifier, and has focused her work on sustainable food systems.
Dr. Dilip Nandwani (Tennessee) is appointed to the position of scientist. Nandwani is a professor at Tennessee State University and holds a Ph.D. in Botany. He has 10 years of teaching experience, with a focus on organic agriculture, certification and crop science.
Javier Zamora (California) is named farmer. Zamora is with JSM Organics, a 100 acre vegetable/fruit farm, and has 20 years of farming experience. He has provided assistance to farmers regarding direct marketing regulations, organic compliance and the development of direct marketing channels. He is fluent in Spanish.
The NOSB is a federal advisory board established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. The board operates under the Federal Advisory Board Act to assist in the development of standards for substances used in the production and to advise the Secretary on aspects of the National Organic Law. Program. Learn more about the NOP and the Council on our website at www.ams.usda.gov/organic.