Help Shape the Future of Sustainable Agriculture

The Leonardo Academy is looking for five candidates to help develop the first U.S. standard for sustainable agriculture.

by Dani Yokhna
The Leonardo Academy is looking for five people to fill vacant committee positions
Five vacancies need to be filled on the sustainable agriculture standards committee.

The Leonardo Academy is looking for candidates to fill five vacant positions on its standards committee to take part in developing the first national standard for sustainable agriculture.

The committee began developing the sustainable agriculture standard in July 2009 and will focus on crop production within the farm gate during its first phase of development. It will eventually expand the standard to include livestock, aquaculture, agricultural handling and processing, and more.

Because the committee intends to represent a broad range of agricultural interests, it invites all types of producers, including small-scale farmers, to apply for committee membership. The ideal candidate has:

  • Interest and experience in sustainable agriculture and its technical issues
  • Standards-writing experience
  • Experience working on multi-stakeholder committees
  • Involvement in sustainable-agriculture issues
  • Affiliation with companies or organizations affected by the sustainable-agriculture standard

The Leonardo Academy is a nonprofit organization that develops sustainability innovations and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute.

Small farmers and others interested in applying for standards committee membership should do so by 12 p.m. CST on December 28, 2009. For more information and to download an application, visit the Leonardo Academy website or contact Amanda Raster at or 608-280-0255.

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