Standards Committee Calling For Applicants Again

Leonardo Academy is looking to fill five seats recently vacated on the National Sustainable Agriculture Standards Committee. The organization encourages growers interested in engaging in dialogue on sustainable agriculture to apply for the seats.

The 58-member standards committee is in the process of developing a national standard for sustainable agriculture under the rules of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The committee consists of a skilled, diverse membership representing a broad range of perspectives from across all areas of agriculture, including commodity producers, specialty crop producers, agricultural product processors, food distributors, food retailers, environmental organizations, labor organizations and industry trade associations, as well as government representatives, academics, regulators and certifiers.

In addition, the committee created six subcommittees it has been working with since July to develop the outline of the standard along with draft economic, environmental and social criteria for the committee to review at its next in-person meeting. The subcommittees are also continuing efforts to engage additional stakeholders in the standard development process.

To receive an application for membership on the standards committee, contact Leonardo Academy’s Amanda Raster at or (608) 280-0255. You’ll find more information at

Applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. on December 28, 2009. The new committee members will be announced on January 18, 2010. Individuals who previously submitted applications for committee membership will automatically be placed in the pool of applicants for the current openings.

In addition to applying for standards committee membership, stakeholders are also invited to participate in the SCS-001 standard development process as a subcommittee member, observer or reviewer of the draft standard once it is opened up for public comment. To sign up for the subcommittees, apply for observer status or to learn more about participating in the public review and comment process, contact Raster.

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