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Published October 17, 2008, 12:00 AM

Applications due Oct. 26 for position on MDA’s organic advisory task force

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking a representative from a Minnesota postsecondary research institution to fill one vacancy on the 14-member Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force (OATF).

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking a representative from a Minnesota postsecondary research institution to fill one vacancy on the 14-member Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force (OATF). Applicants must be Minnesota residents.

The OATF provides recommendations to Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson regarding policies, practices, and programs that will benefit organic agriculture in the state. The term of service ends June 30, 2009.

Task force members research opportunities and barriers facing the organic sector, and advise the MDA on the design, prioritization, and implementation of its organic programs. The OATF assists with the design of periodic surveys of organic sector needs and contributes to a biennial report to the state legislature on the status of organic agriculture in Minnesota.

Members also propose comments on emerging organic standards issues for Commissioner Hugoson to submit to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The group meets approximately four times a year at various Minnesota locations.

Task force vacancies are filled through the state’s open appointments process. The application form is available online at www.sos.state.mn.us.

Interested persons may also contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-877-551-6767. The deadline to apply for this position is Oct. 26. The new OATF member will be appointed shortly thereafter.

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