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Following the release of The Organic Center’s pollinator health report, OTA urges USDA and the White House to take action.
OTA adopts pollinator policy
Organic sector petitions USDA for organic check-off
In a groundbreaking move for the nation’s organic sector, OTA in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee has petitioned USDA for a research and promotion check-off program for organic.
The organic sector's integrated value chain not only delivers organic products from seed to shelf, but helps to capture consumer demand for the benefit of the farmers, the economy, and the public.
Download the latest organic industry infographic
A landmark study on the trade flow of organic food products across the borders of the United States reveals that a robust global appetite for organic food has created new lucrative markets...
Benchmark study yields key insights into global organic food trade
Organic agriculture is governed by the basic rule of allowing natural substances and not allowing synthetic materials. Exceptions to that rule make up the “National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances.”
Know Your National List
OTA's Board is comprised of 15 diverse individuals, from multiple points along the supply chain, who bring an unparalleled commitment and vision to guide the future direction of OTA.
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OTA's mission is to promote and protect ORGANIC with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA's vision is to grow ORGANIC to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being.

OTA provides advocacy and analysis to advance organic food and farming.

OTA brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

OTA tracks market size, growth rates, and consumer perceptions on the $39B U.S. organic sector.

The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program.

Current Issues

Join thousands of certified organic operations who are voicing their support for an Organic Check-off.

Task Force members will advise OTA on the benefits and risks of a program for producers.

NOSB is accepting public comments on proposals through Oct. 8 to be discussed at its fall meeting. 

Open to OTA members interested in collaborating on organic fiber and textiles issues.

  • October 5, 2015 to October 9, 2015
    World’s Fair Expo 2015

    World’s Fair Expo 2015

    Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 7:00pm

    OTA is participating in the World’s Fair 2015 “Food 2.0” in the USA Pavilion October 5-9. A collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the James Beard Foundation, this one-of-a-kind pavilion features a vertical farm, interactive exhibitions, and daily programming all about our food system. OTA will lead a symposium on women in organic agriculture, organic agriculture and technology, and survey consumers and buyers about their opinions on USDA certified organic products. Contact Monique Marez with questions and follow @organictrade on Twitter for updates from Milan. Learn more about our esteemed panelists. 


    Organic AgTech:  Exploring the Intersection of Organic Agriculture and Technology 
    Wednesday, 10/7  |  4:00 p.m.  |  USA Pavilion,  Rooftop Terrace 
    Join OTA for a discussion on organic agriculture and the increasingly common use of technology on the 
    farm.  Inventor of the pavilion’s Vertical Farm Wall Dr. Nate Storey will discuss his innovative company Bright AgroTech how on farm technology is helping a new generation of farmers enter agriculture.  Dr. Storey is joined by Julie Versman of Marrone Bio Innovations (MBI).  MBI develops bio-based products for pest management and plant health.   There is a growing debate around the use of technology and organic farming, come hear from experts on this trending topic. 
    Women Leading the Organic Way   
    Thursday, 10/8  |  3:30 p.m. reception to follow |  USA Pavilion, Boardwalk & Rooftop 
    “Women leading the Organic Way” is a discussion with five of the most influential leaders in the fastest growing food sector in the world: Organics!  Panelists include Anne Alonzo,  Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA; Laura Batcha,  Executive Director & CEO, Organic Trade Association; Melissa Hughes, General Counsel, Organic Valley Coop; Ariane Lotti, Farmer & Agricultural Entrepreneur, Tenuta San Carlo; Liz Neumark, Founder & CEO, Great Performances & Katchkie Farm 
    15 Organic Myths, Busted in 15 minutes or less 
    Friday, 10/9 |  11:30 a.m.  |  USA Pavilion, VIP Rooftop Terrace 
    We've all seen the misleading headlines that organic can't feed the world and that it's not worth the cost—and it's time that we present the facts!  Come here Laura Batcha, CEO & Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association bust 15 common myths about organics in 15 minutes or less! 
    Agricultural Innovation – Planting the Seeds for a Sustainable Future 
    Friday, 10/9  |  2:30 p.m.  |  USA Pavilion, VIP Rooftop Terrace 
    This event is being hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce and the United States Sustainability Alliance.   Undersecretary Scuse will give the keynote and will be followed in a panel titled: “Trends in Ag Innovation.”  Note, OTA provided the theme for this event and will fill one seat on the panel.  Other panelists include: Laura Foell, U.S. Soybean Export Council; Luigi Coffano, Country Lead DuPont Italy; Paolo Andreone, Head of Marketing & Communications New Holland;  Dr. Sally Schneider, ARS Deputy Administrator for Natural Resources & Sustainable Agricultural Systems) 


    OTA is participating in the World’s Fair 2015 “Food 2.0” in the USA Pavilion Octob...
  • October 26, 2015 to October 29, 2015
    National Organic Standards Board Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Meeting

    Monday, October 26, 2015 - 2:30pm to Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:30pm

    The Fall 2015 National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) meeting will be held in Stowe, Vermont from October 26-29. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard and check back often as details unfold to learn more about the meeting. 

    The Fall 2015 National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) meeting will be held in Stowe, Vermont from Oct...
  • March 10, 2016
    The Organic Center Dinner

    The Organic Center Dinner

    Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 6:30pm

    The Organic Center’s Annual VIP Dinner is the organic sector’s premier executive-level event at Natural Products Expo West. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event in Anaheim. 

    At the celebratory dinner, thought-provoking keynote speakers will discuss the intersections of food, farming, science and politics. The evening will start with a cocktail hour and end with entertainment— so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

    Learn more

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    The Organic Center’s Annual VIP Dinner is the organic sector’s premier executive-level e...
  • May 23, 2016 to May 27, 2016
    Policy Conference & Hill Visits

    Policy Conference & Hill Visits

    Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, May 27, 2016 - 6:00pm
    Booming consumer demand as organic goes more mainstream, increasingly tight supplies of organic products, and lingering confusion among consumers are just a few of the host of critical issues which will be addressed during OTA’s annual Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. 
    OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. headquarters this spring to take part in these important discussions about the future of organic, and to help raise the profile of organic on Capitol Hill.  


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    Booming consumer demand as organic goes more mainstream, increasingly tight supplies of organic prod...

The Canada Organic Trade Association promotes the organic sector, educates the public and protects organic product integrity. COTA raises public awareness of the diverse Canadian organic industry through initiatives like national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer campaign. Member participation ensures that COTA will continue to be a strong voice for organic—to governments, consumers and the media.

The Organic Center is a trusted, go-to source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. As a non-profit research and education organization, The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in the current knowledge base about the many benefits of organic food and farming.