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New members sough for Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force

Applications are being accepted until June 28.

June 8, 2016

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The Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force was reauthorized during the 2016 legislative session, opening up all 15 positions for appointment.

The OATF advises the Minnesota Department of Agriculture commissioner and the University of Minnesota about policies and programs that impact organic agriculture in the state.

The task force must meet at least twice per year. Members serve three-year terms.

MDA commissioner Dave Frederickson said that task force members are needed who will speak up about ways that MDA and the U-M can help Minnesota’s organic sector continue to grow and thrive.


Member for the OATF are needed from the following sectors: organic farmers (3); organic processors (2); organic product wholesaler or distributor (1); organic product retailer (1); nonprofit organization representing producers (1); organic certification agencies (1); U-M Extension (1); U-M faculty (1); USDA (1); organic consumer representative (1); the public (2).

Vacancies will be filled through the state’s Open Appointments process. The application form is available online at or by calling the Secretary of State's office at (651) 297-5845. Applicants are requested to identify the category/sector they want to represent. They also are encouraged to submit a cover letter describing their interest and qualifications.

The ag commissioner will appoint OATF members in consultation with U-M.

Applicants who submit their materials by June 28 will receive first consideration.

Source: MDA

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