Five of the 15 seats on the National Organic Standards Board are coming open and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations. Each term is five years, and nominations are due by July 17. Individuals can nominate themselves.

The board was established by the Organic Foods Production ACT of 1990, which requires the agriculture secretary to appoint board members from specified areas of expertise. The five seats up for nominations now are for:

  • an organic producer;
  • an organic handler;
  • a consumer or person to represent the public interest;
  • a scientist specializing in toxicology, ecology, or biochemistry; and
  • an environmentalist/conservationist.

Send nomination cover letters and resumes to: Katherine E. Benham, advisory board specialist, USDA-AMS-NOP, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2651-So., Ag Stop 0268, Washington, D.C., 20250, or via e-mail to