Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Miles McEvoy has been hired to serve as Deputy Administrator of the National Organic Program. Vilsack also says the program will become an independent program area within the Agricultural Marketing Service because of the increased visibility and emphasis on organic agriculture throughout the farming community and the enhanced need for governmental oversight of this widely expanded program. NOP will receive increased funding and staffing in the new fiscal year.
"Miles McEvoy has worked in the field of organic agriculture for more than two decades and has a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing the organic community," Vilsack said.
For more than 20 years, McEvoy led the Washington State Department of Agriculture's Organic Food Program and in 1998 he helped establish the National Association of State Organic Programs and currently serves as its President.