DENVER—Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) President Dave Carter has been appointed to a six-year term on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). Due to his role in promoting understanding between farmers and consumers, he was appointed to one of two posts designated for consumers and the public interest.
“Consumers are increasingly concerned with how their food is produced, and forward-looking farmers and ranchers are anxious to meet consumers’ demands for responsibly-produced, high-quality wholesome foods,” Carter said. “I plan to leverage the success we’ve had at RMFU in bringing these groups together as I serve on the NOSB.”
Carter’s appointment comes on the heels of the announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of the final rule on organic standards.
“Until recently, the lack of national organic standards made it difficult for farmers to plan organic production and for consumers to be confident in the organic label,” Carter said. “Both will benefit from effective and efficient implementation of these standards.” The NOSB will advise USDA authorities on implementation of the new organic standards in order to enhance the growth and integrity of the organic food industry.
Carter was first elected RMFU president in 1993. He has promoted organic agriculture, direct marketing of agricultural products and other alternative marketing opportunities for family producers. Under his leadership, the RMFU and the Colorado Organic Producers’ Association have worked closely together on a number of issues important to both organizations. He also played a key role in establishing the RMFU Center for Cooperative Development, which has been instrumental in the resurgence of cooperative development throughout the Rocky Mountain area.