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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
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A vibrant conference featured U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), and many other thought-provoking leaders.
OTA Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days
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Keynote speeches now available
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
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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
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OTA's Farmers Advisory Council gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence OTA and enables OTA to better represent the diversity of organic producers in its policy and advocacy work.
Farmers are the backbone of the organic sector
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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.
Meet OTA's Board of Directors
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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 the critical trade association roles of watch dogging, advocacy, and expert analysis to advance organic food and farming.

OTA creates new markets for organic products through international promotions, exporter education, business to business connections, and trade negotiations.

OTA tracks market size, growth rates, profitability, distribution channels and evolving consumer perceptions about the $39 billion organic sector.

The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program. Read the Executive Summary and download the complete Application.

  • May 20, 2015 to June 3, 2015
    OTA TASC Meetings in China and Taiwan

    OTA TASC Meetings in China and Taiwan

    Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 10:15am to Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 5:00pm

    OTA's Associate Director of International Trade Monique Marez & Senior International Trade Advisor Bob Anderson will be traveling in China and Taiwan from May 20 - June 3 discussing e-commerce, organic equivelancy, policy, and tariff-free warehouses amoung other topics. To learn more about OTA activities contact Monique Marez

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    OTA's Associate Director of International Trade Monique Marez & Senior International Trade Advis...
  • May 28, 2015
    Food & Beverage Farm to Label Summit 2015

    Food & Beverage Farm to Label Summit 2015

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 9:00am

    Food & Beverage Farm to Label Summit 2015, presented by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on May 28 in Portland, OR, will be an invitation-only high-energy event for food and beverage business owners and executives. Sessions will focus on such topics as Feeding 9 Billion on a Healthier Planet, Cobranding and Endorsements, Instigating Innovation, A+ Financing for B-Corps, Food as Culture: The Impact and Opportunity for Consumer Product Goods, and Healthy Work Forces. OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will be among the featured speakers. 

    Food & Beverage Farm to Label Summit 2015, presented by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on May 28 in P...
  • July 7, 2015
    WEBINAR: Understanding organic labeling requirements and labeling claims

    WEBINAR: Understanding organic labeling requirements and labeling claims

    Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:00pm

    Oregon Tilith a webinar on July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on understanding organic labeling requirements and labeling claims. OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory & Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard will present. This webinar is FREE to attend, and you can register online. http://tilth.org/event/organic-labeling-webinar/ 

    This webinar will address labeling requirements under the National Organic Program as well as other labeling claims such as non-gmo, natural and more.  Join OTCO and OTA staff with other guest speakers to learn about the intricacies of various label claims and how to ensure that your labels are compliant.

     

     

    Oregon Tilith a webinar on July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on understanding organic labeling r...
  • September 16, 2015
    OTA's Annual Awards Celebration

    OTA's Annual Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 7:00pm
    OTA hosts a perennially popular, always fun and undeniably inspirational event in Baltimore on the night before the Expo East conference and tradeshow begins. Each year, we recognize organic visionaries who are transforming our sector in the backdrop of a beautiful and unique event space over a delicious organic dinner.
     
    With 300 organic executives in attendance, this Wednesday night party is your best bet to network and start the show off right. OTA's Annual Awards Celebration is recognized as not just the best organic meal in town but also the chance to be among the best organic company. Tickets usually sell out for this favorite event, so don’t miss out. 
     

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    OTA hosts a perennially popular, always fun and undeniably inspirational event in Baltimore on the n...

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.

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