The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council has four openings for individuals interested in shaping the future of organic farming in Wisconsin. Nominations are being accepted until March 27.
The four openings include one seat for a representative of each of the following industry sectors: an organic farm, an organic business, an organic certifying agency and an at-large seat. Members serve three-year terms, and the council meets quarterly.
"Wisconsin's organic industry is strong and full of opportunities for producers, processors and consumers," saidys Theresa Feiner, a market development specialist who focuses on market development for organics, specialty crops and grazing. "The council provides important guidance and is a great way for individuals to support the industry."
The nomination form can be found at datcp.wi.gov/Farms/Organic_Farming/Advisory_Council. Applicants should explain why they would be valuable additions to the council and should also include two letters of support. Completed applications should be sent to: Theresa Feiner, WI DATCP, PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708 or emailed to [email protected]. Call 608-224-5140 with questions.
Nominees will be evaluated by a committee and approved by Secretary Ben Brancel and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Board. The selected nominees will be seated at the July meeting of the council.
The Wisconsin Organic Advisory Council's purpose is to give guidance to the governor, DATCP, the Wisconsin Legislature and other state or federal agencies about actions that could further Wisconsin's organic agriculture industry. Council members represent the spectrum of Wisconsin's organic industry and include:
* 3 certified organic farmers, preferably reflecting several types of farms (dairy, vegetable, etc.).
* 3 organic business sector representatives.
* 1 representative of organic consumers.
* 1 representative of a private, non-profit educational organization involved in organic agriculture.
* 1 representative of the certification industry.
* 3 at-large members.
The organic advisory council is one of several of DATCP's standing advisory councils. Learn more at http://datcp.wi.gov/About/Boards_and_Councils/Standing_Advisory_Councils.