1.  Five positions open to serve on the National Organic Standards Board

There are five positions available to serve on the National Organic
Standards Board. If you have ever considered sharing your thoughts with the
NOP then you may want to consider. It is a five year commitment which
includes 2 DC meetings/year (expenses covered by USDA) and conference calls
monthly or periodically. Please read on if this opportunity interests you.
Application due by July 17, 2009.

5 Positions

         Organic Producers (2 positions)

         Retailer (1 position)

         Organic Handler (1 position)

         Environmentalist (1 position)

All applicants are required to commit to 5 years volunteer membership. Most
NOSB work is completed through committees on monthly or periodic conference
calls, and may also require additional independent time researching issues
and drafting documents. There are 2 public meetings per year (fall and
spring to Washington D.C.) USDA is responsible for arranging hotel
accommodations and pays for airline reservations. Members receive
reimbursement for travel and per diem expenses.


Individual seeking appointment of the NOSV must be

         An owner or operator of an organic production operation, an
organic handling operation.

         A retail establishment with significant trade in organic products,
or must be expertise in areas of environmental protection and resource
conservation that relate to organic agricultural production.

Required Documentations:

         Signed Background information form

         Written nominations

         Cover letter and Resume

All original documents must be postmarked on or before July 19, 2009.

For more information, contact: [log in to unmask] or at (202)
205-7806/Fax (202) 205-7808.

2.  Corn Earworm Trapping Article

The Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Newsletter inculdes an article on the
problem pests Corn Earworm.  This article highlights how ID and trap this
problem pests.,

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