Spring 2012 Process Update on the Development of the National Sustainable Agriculture Standard
- March 5-7, 2012: Working Group meets at Leonardo Academy offices in Madison, Wisconsin to convert Draft Sustainable Agriculture Standard from template format to narrative format
- March 8 – April 9, 2012: Subcommittees continue work to refine and draft narrative draft standard for review at Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee Meeting
- April 16, 2012: Updated draft of Sustainable Agriculture Standard will be posted and provided to Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee for review
- April 24-25, 2012: Annual meeting of Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee Meeting in Washington, D.C. Draft will be discussed and reviewed by Committee
Key Process Steps
- Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee develops draft standard -- This is where the process is now
- Draft Sustainable Agriculture Standard is released for Committee Comment -- Public may always submit comment.
- Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee addresses all committee and public comments and approves to send to Public Comment Period
- Draft Sustainable Agriculture Standard is released for Public Comment -- This is an opportunity for Public to provide comments on all aspects of the draft standard
- Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee addresses all public comment
- Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee approves final version of standard to American National Standard Institute for promulgation as an American National Standard
Sustainable Agriculture Standard Committee Meeting in Washington, DC April 24-25, 2012
- The Standard Committee will convene to review and vote on draft standard work
- All stakeholders, process participants and newly interested persons are encouraged to attend all or part of this pivotal Standard Committee meeting as observers.
Opportunities to Participate in Developing the Sustainable Agriculture Standard
- There are currently openings for the subcommittees and the voting Standard Committee.
- Those who are interested can participate at the subcommittee level now and apply for a seat on the standard committee.
- Leonardo Academy is seeking producers, manufacturers, retailers, consumers and end-user representatives while there is still time to participate in writing and reviewing the draft standard.
The Standard Committee
There are 60 seats on the Standard Committee to accommodate a broad range of perspectives. The Standard committee is made up for 5 categories: Producers, Users, Environmentalists, Academic and Government, and General Interest. The Standard Committee is working to develop a national standard for sustainable agriculture under the rules of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Standards Committee consists of a skilled, diverse membership representing a broad range of perspectives from across all areas of agriculture, including commodity and specialty crop producers; agricultural product processors and distributors; food retailers; environmental, labor, and development organizations; NGOs; trade associations; government representatives; academics; regulators and certifiers.
The Scope of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard
The current draft standard addresses plant crop production. In the future after the current standard is completed, over time additional aspects of agricultural production like livestock and specific types of production will be addressed with additional components of the standard.
Public Comment Process
When the committee approves the release of the draft standard for public comment, the public comment period will be announced in the American National Standards Institute publication Standards Action. After the public comment period is completed, the Standard Committee will review all comments and decide how to address each of the comments received. Once the Standard Committee has addressed all of the public comments, the updated draft standard will be submitted to ANSI for promulgation as an American National Standard. http://www.sustainableagstandard.org/
The development of the Sustainable Agriculture Standard is funded through donations and grants. Please consider making a donation to Leonardo Academy to support the development of this standard. Leonardo Academy is a charitable (501c3) non-profit organization. Your support will help advance the sustainability through the development of this standard which will provide a framework for improving the social, economic and environmental sustainability in agriculture. To make a tax deductible donation to support the development process, go to http://www.leonardoacademy.org/programs/standards/agstandard/donate.html.
About Leonardo Academy
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For More Information about Leonardo Academy and the Sustainable Agriculture Standard:
Jennifer Trucks, Sustainability Standards Development Manager