Schedule for OTA 2012 Policy Conference - Organic Trade Association
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Schedule for OTA 2012 Policy Conference


Wednesday, April 25 - The Newseum 

Time Event
8:00 AM
Registration, Networking
8:30 AM
Conference opening
Christine Bushway, CEO/Executive Director, OTA
Matt McLean, President, OTA Board of Directors, 
CEO, Uncle Matt's Organic
8:45 AM
Data-driven Conference Prologue
Laura Batcha, Executive Vice President, OTA
9:00 AM
Presentation of OTA's 2012 Public Servant Award
U.S. Congressman Sam Farr (CA-17)
9:30 AM
Election 2012: What will it mean for organic? 
Tony Podesta, Founder and Chairman, Podesta Group
10:00 AM
U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
10:30 AM
Organic Equivalence for the U.S. & European Union
Kathleen Merrigan, USDA Deputy Secretary
Ambassador Isi Siddiqui, U.S. Chief Agricultural Negotiator
11:15 AM
Breakout Panel Discussion: 
Organic Equivalence: Accessing the European market, and what's next for open markets

Breakout Panel Discussion: 
Organic Research: Upstream Imperative
12:00 PM
U.S. Congressman Reid Ribble (WI-8)
1:00 PM
Update on Major Food Safety Initiatives
Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
1:45 PM
Breakout Panel Discussion: 
Food Safety, FDA and Organic Agriculture

Breakout Panel Discussion: 
Seeding the Next Generation of Organic Farmers
2:30 PM
NOP Update
Miles McEvoy, Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program
3:00 PM Update on the Just Label It (JLI) Initiative
Ken Cook, JLI Board Member, and President, Environmental Working Group 
3:15 PM
Understanding the 2012 Farm Bill
Craig Jagger, Economist, House Agricultural Committee 
3:45 PM
Organic Research & Promotion Program
Panel discussion will explore this important industry initiative
4:30 PM Closing remarks
4:45 PM
Group photo
5:00 PM Conference close
5:30 PM Reception to support Senator Tester
Johnny's Half Shell

Thursday, April 26 - Hall of the States

Time Event
8:00 AM
Registration, Networking
8:30 AM
Review legislative priorities
Laura Batcha, Executive Vice President, OTA
9:00 AM
Groups depart for Capitol Hill visits
11:30 - 2:00 PM
Lunch available at the Hall of the States
5:00 PM
Goodbye toast at the Hospitality Suite

Friday, April 27

Time Event
8:30 AM
Organic Research & Promotion Program Town Hall Meeting
10:30 AM
OTA Board Meeting



2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012