The USDA is hiring a new director for the National Organic Program.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, which administrers the program, is open to applications for the position through the end of June.

The acting director, Barbara Robinson, will be succeeded by the new hire.

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary for the USDA, has already loaded the plate of the new director. In a prerecorded speech Merrigan delivered at the annual Organic Summit in Stevenson Wash., June 4, Merrigan outlined plans for integrating organic into all USDA programs.

“The first step will be bringing in a new NOP leader,” said Bob Scowcroft executive director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.

Details on the new position are available at the U.S. government’s job posting Web site,