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Organic Advisory Task Force


Enabling Legislation

Minnesota  Statute 31.94 (c) – A  Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force shall advise the commissioner and the University of Minnesota on policies and programs that will improve organic agriculture in Minnesota, including how available resources can most effectively be used for outreach, education, research, and technical assistance that meet the needs of the organic agriculture community. The task force must consist of the following residents of the state: 

  1. three farmers using organic agriculture methods;
  2. one wholesaler or distributor of organic products;
  3. one representative of organic certification agencies;
  4. two organic processors;
  5. one representative from University of Minnesota Extension;
  6. one University of Minnesota faculty member;
  7. one representative from a nonprofit organization representing producers;
  8. two public members;
  9. one representative from the United States Department of Agriculture; and
  10. one retailer of organic products; and 
  11. one organic consumer representative.

The commissioner, in consultation with the director of the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station; the dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension; and the dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences shall appoint members to serve staggered two-year terms.

Compensation and removal of members are governed by section 15.059, subdivision 6. The task force must meet at least twice each year and expires on June 30, 2013.

Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force Appointments (sunset 6/30/16)

  • JoAnne Berkenkamp
    Representing: Organic Consumers
    E-mail: berkenkamp@comcast.net
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Ryan Crum
    Representing: the Public
    E-mail: ryan@cedarsummit.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Adam Goelz
    Representing: Organic Farmers
    E-mail: adamsara21@hotmail.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Melissa Goodson
    Representing: Organic Retailers
    E-mail: goodson.melissa@yahoo.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Sharon Hannigan
    Representing: Organic Wholesalers or Distributors
    E-mail: sharonhannigan@mac.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Bradley Heins
    Representing: U of MN Extension
    E-mail: hein0106@umn.edu
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Amanda Heyman
    Representing: the Public
    E-mail: amanda@faregrange.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Douglas Hilgendorf
    Representing: Organic Farmers
    E-mail: wgmill@wholegrainmilling.net
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Jackie Hoch
    Representing: Organic Farmers
    E-mail: jackie@hochorchard.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Robert King
    Representing: U of MN Faculty
    E-mail: rking@umn.edu
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Michelle Menken
    Representing: Organic Certifiers
    E-mail: michelle.menken@mncia.org
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Carolyn Olson (Chair)
    Representing: Organic Farmers
    E-mail: cofairviewfarm@gmail.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Anna Parker
    Representing: United States Department of Agriculture
    Saint Paul, MN
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Anthony Schiller
    Representing: Organic Processors
    Blooming Prairie, MN
    Phone: 507-456-6739
    E-mail: tony.schiller@sunopta.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016
  • Jessie VanderPoel
    Representing: Organic Processors
    E-mail: jessie.vanderpoel@grainmillers.com
    Appointed: 9/15/2013 Term ends: 6/30/2016 Updated: 11/18/2013

Task Force Staff

Next Meeting Date

  • tbd, call 651-201-6012 for more information.

Task Force Meeting Minutes

2014

2013

2012

For meeting records from earlier years, contact Meg Moynihan at 651-201-6616  


MDA Contact

Meg Moynihan, Principal Administrator
Organic Production & Certification Program
Meg.Moynihan@state.mn.us or 651-201-6616

Ag Marketing & Development Division