The National Organic Standards Board will have seven new faces when it next convenes. Valerie Frances, former certification director and marketing coordinator for the Maryland Department of Agriculture, will be the board's first-ever executive director. Jim Riddle, immediate past chair of the NOSB, stepped down after his term expired.
Six other members whose terms expire will be replaced. Joining the NOSB for five-year terms are: certifier member Joseph Smillie; consumer/public interest members Daniel Giacomini, Jennifer Hall and Katrina Heinze; and producer members Kevin Engelbert and Jeffrey Moyer.
Smillie is a certifier with Quality Assurance International, a certifying agent for the National Organic Program. Giacomini is a dairy nutrition consultant. Hall is an advocate for antihunger policies and consults for Seattle restaurants that seek to maintain organic integrity. Heinze is manager of global regulatory affairs for General Mills. Engelbert is a crop and dairy farmer in New York. Moyer is the farm manager at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, Pa.
The NOSB comprises 15 members. In its search, the NOP contacted more than 11,000 certified organic producers and handlers.
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