OTA Annual Organic Leadership Award
The OTA Annual Organic Leadership Award was established in 1997 to recognize an individual, inside or outside the organic industry, who has shown leadership and vision in furthering goals of the organic movement. The award is presented at OTA’s Annual Awards Gala as part of Member Days events during All Things Organic at Natural Products Expo East. Learn more about the 2014 Categories, Selection Criteria, and Nominations Process here.
Selected from a record-breaking 26 nominations, the Organic Trade Association’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards were presented to a passionate couple who had dedicated their lives to organic for almost three decades, a professional farmer who had advanced practices for growing organic tree fruit, and two emerging leaders on a mission to create meaningful opportunities for military veterans in organic.
Learn more about past Organic Leadership Award honorees.
The award trophy, an original hand-blown glass “inhabited planet” by artist Josh Simpson, has been presented since 1997, when Sen. Patrick Leahy was the first recipient.
OTA Public Servant Award
The OTA Public Servant Award was established in 2009 to recognize and honor individuals in government who have been supportive of organic agriculture and trade. The award is presented at OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days in Washington, D.C.
Congressman Sam Farr receives 2012 Public Servant Award from constituent Melody Meyer of UNFI.
Learn more about the 2012 Public Servant Award honoree Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Co-chair of the House Organic Caucus
Senator Sherrod Brown (center) receives 2011 Public Servant Award.
Learn more about the 2011 Public Servant Award honoree Congressman Sam Farr (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Agriculture, and Co-chair of the House Organic Caucus
Congressman Collin Peterson (center) holds the 2010 Public Servant Award. With him are Christine Bushway, Francis Thicke, Bob Scowcroft, and Marty Mesh.
Learn more about the 2010 Public Servant Award honoree Congressman Collin Peterson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee.