United States Department of Agriculture Appoints Four New Members to the National Organic Standards Board; Jenny Lester Moffitt Shares
WASHINGTON, DC - Several experts in the organic space are taking on a new role with the potential to bring key advancements to the entire sector. As recently announced, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has appointed four new members to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), a board consisting of 15 volunteer members who represent the organic community.
Elizabeth (Liz) Graznak has been appointed to an environmental protection and resource conservation seat. With a degree in Environmental Studies, Graznak has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable agriculture as an organic farmer and during past appointments with environmentally focused organizations.
Also joining the Board is Allison Johnson, who has been appointed to a public interest or consumer interest group seat. Johnson currently works for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and is an attorney with experience working with organic regulations.
Dr. Dilip Nandwani is also taking a critical position on the Board, appointed to the scientist seat. Nandwani has 10 years of teaching experience, with a focus on organic agriculture, certification, and crop science. He is a professor at Tennessee State University and holds a Ph.D. in Botany.
Rounding out the list of new appointments, Javier Zamora has been appointed to a farmer seat. With 20 years of farming experience under his belt, Zamora has provided farmers assistance with direct marketing regulations, organic compliance, and developing direct marketing channels. He is currently with JSM Organics, a 100-acre vegetable and fruit farm, and is fluent in Spanish.
Each of the new members will serve five-year terms, through January 2027.
“Members of the National Organic Standards Board serve a vital role listening to what the public has to say and weighing recommendations for updates to the organic standards through open, transparent, and collaborative processes,” said Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester Moffitt. “Over the next five years, these new appointees will add their experience to help USDA provide farmers and handlers with the tools they need to meet consumer demand for organic products, and they will help ensure that organic is a part of efforts to build a more climate-smart, resilient, and equitable food system.”
“We also extend our deepest gratitude to the outgoing members of the Board for the dedication and significant contributions they made to the organic community,” Moffitt continued.
Congratulations to all of these organic aces on taking on crucial new roles with the USDA!