OTA Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) - Organic Trade Association
Organic Trade Association
   twitter   facebook   linked In   rss

OTA Farmers Advisory Council (FAC)


The Organic Trade Association (OTA) Farmers Advisory Council provides the OTA Board of Directors and staff with input from small- to medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers and growers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda.

Established in May 2013, the Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) has been designed to formalize and improve two-way communication between OTA and organic producers. Through dialog and upfront input, FAC gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence OTA’s policy work, and allows OTA to better represent the diversity of organic producers in its policy and advocacy work.

Farmers’ opinions are vital to OTA’s advocacy work


         Perry Clutts, Co-Chair
       OTA’s Farmers Advisory   
        Council; Farmer Seat,
      OTA’s Board of Directors

I didn’t grow up on a farm, but my great-grandfather purchased our present farm in Ohio in 1899, and I was fortunate to visit our family’s farm on summer vacations as I grew up. My family had migrated to North Carolina in the mid-1920s, but always wanted to keep the farm in the family.

I was a bit of an environmental activist in my younger years. I later served time in the restaurant business, and was a general contractor for 15 years. At some point in the late 1990s, I realized I could bring all those life experiences together, and advocate for a better planet through transitioning our farm to organic production. (Read Perry’s full story).

Participating Organizations

Making up the new advisory council will be active farmers of small and medium-size operations serving as representatives of sector, state and regional organic farming organizations. CCOF Inc. (California Certified Organic Farmers) is a founding member of the advisory council. Find a complete list of participating organizations here.

The OTA Farmers Advisory Council is co-chaired by Perry Clutts, Organic Farmer and OTA’s Board of Directors Farmer Seat and Melody Meyer, UNFI’s Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations. The FAC is supported by Laura Batcha, OTA’s CEO/Executive Director. The council is comprised of representatives of state and regional farming organizations representing organic that enter into an agreement with OTA for the mutual benefit of strengthening the organic industry’s national public policy influence.

FAC at work for you
In an effort to formalize and improve two-way communication between OTA and organic producers, the FAC will continue to publish and share council information, meeting agendas and notes, and reports and recommendations for OTA’s Board of Directors.

The OTA Farmers Advisory Council will strive to host a minimum of three meetings per year. An agenda will be distributed prior to each meeting that includes time for OTA to share its priorities and ask for input and for council members to share their experiences and concerns from the field. Recommendations and action items will be identified and recorded by OTA staff and published online.

Operating Guidelines
Meeting Notes
          Friday, September 13 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST
          Kick-off meeting: July 26, 2013 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
Board Reports and Recommendations
Meeting Agendas
             Friday, September 13 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST 
             Friday, December 13 12:00 - 2:00 PM EDT 
             Kick-off meeting: July 26, 2013 1:00 – 3:00 PM EDT
             Friday, September 13 12:00 – 2:00 PM EST
FAC Summit at Policy Conference
                                2014 Summit Overview
                                2014 Summit Summary
How to get involved
Interested organic farmers and organic farming sector, state and regional organic farming organizations should
contact OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha.


2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012