Organic Farmers Association, a national membership organization for certified organic farmers, sponsored by Rodale Institute, has announced the first elected Governing Council. The elected Governing Council is made up of 12 voting certiﬁed organic farmer members and six advisory organizational members. Each member will serve a term of two years. Committee members are regionally diverse and reﬂect the national diversity of organic farms.
“It’s exciting to have our first fully elected leadership body,” said Kate Mendenhall, director, Organic Farmers Association. “And it’s not a moment too soon. We have an ambitious schedule for 2018. Three of our priority areas include strengthening the integrity of the organic seal, protecting organic certification cost share and funding organic research.”
The new Governing Council will assume leadership from the current Steering Committee at an April Annual Meeting and Lobby Day in Washington, D.C.
The Governing Council will assure the health and effectiveness of the organization. From its start in the fall of 2016, Organic Farmers Association has been working to build and support a farmer-led national organic farmer movement with a strong voice advocating for organic farmers. This ﬁrst Governing Council will help guide this work forward from the ground up.
Organic Farmers Association 2018 Governing Council includes the following from High Plains Journal’s readership area:
North Central Region Farmer Representative Jim Riddle, Blue Fruit Farm, Winona, Minnesota;
Western Region Farmer Representative Nathaniel Powell-Palm, Cold Springs Organics, Bozeman, Montana; and
Organization Representative Montana Organic Association—Becky Weed, Board of Directors, Montana.