ANSI did suggest that the academy continue to strive for inclusiveness and representation throughout agriculture before filing a final standard with ANSI.
Raster said Leonardo Academy was hoping for a constructive relationship with USDA in continuing work on the standards.
“We are making greater efforts to extend our outreach and be as inclusive as we can in the task forces, so hopefully that will alleviate some of the issues around representation on the committee and the process,” she said.
Raster said there is no deadline for development of a national standard for sustainable agriculture.
There are six task forces gathering data and seeking input from industry stakeholders. They plan to report their findings and recommendations to the full standards committee in May, Raster said.