WASHINGTON, April 5, 2005:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations
to fill six upcoming vacancies on the National Organic Standards
Board (NOSB). Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will appoint
persons to serve five-year terms of office to commence Jan. 24,
2006, and run until Jan. 24, 2011.
The NOSB is a 15-member board responsible for developing and recommending
to the Secretary a proposed National List of Approved and Prohibited
Substances, as required by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
The National List identifies synthetic substances that may be used,
and the nonsynthetic substances that cannot be used, in organic
production and handling operations. The NOSB also advises the Secretary
on other aspects of the National Organic Program.
USDA is asking for nominations to fill the following six upcoming
- Organic producer (two positions),
- Consumer/public interest (three positions),
- USDA accredited certifying agent (one position).
To serve on the NOSB, an individual must be an owner or operator
of an organic production operation, an individual who represents
public interest or consumer interest groups or an individual who
is a USDA accredited organic certifying agent. USDA will follow
equal opportunity practices in all appointments to the NOSB.
Written nominations, accompanied by resumes, must be postmarked
on or before July 15, 2005, and sent to Katherine E. Benham, Advisory
Board Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA-AMS-TMP-NOP, 1400
Independence Ave., SW, Room 4008-S, Mail Stop 0268, Washington,
DC 20250. For more information, contact Katherine Benham at (202)
205-7806; e-mail: Katherine.email@example.com; or fax: (202) 205-7808.