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OTA Policy Conference & Hill Visit 2011


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           Advance Organic Together

    Jobs | Rural Livelihoods | Entrepreneurial Spirit

April 6-7, 2011  ::  The Hall of the States*  ::  Washington, D.C.
An OTA Members Only Event

OTA’s 2011 Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days provided the industry with an in-depth look at current policymaking and on-the-ground opportunities to advocate for organic, including nearly 100 visits to Congressional offices. Themed “Advancing Organic Together,” the event organized by OTA and supported by the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) focused on the value of organic agriculture in providing jobs, supporting rural livelihoods and advancing an entrepreneurial spirit. Among the featured speakers was Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who declared that “organic is part of the strategy to rebuild rural America.” OTA has posted a slideshow of selected photos below, and presentations from the conference sessions are available for members.

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Register now for the 2012 Policy Conference.

Join OTA for an intensive, two-day conference as industry leaders gather from around the country to carry the organic message to Capitol Hill. You’ll hear from thought leaders, visit legislators to communicate the importance of organic agriculture, and network with other organic industry leaders.

  Conference Highlights
Hill Visits | Conference | Reception




 Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 6

9:00 – 12:30 ::  Conference sessions

12:30 – 1:30 :: Organic lunch and networking

1:50 – 5:30 ::  Legislative visits

5:30 ::  Celebratory Organic Reception

Thursday, April 7

9:00– 12:45 :: Conference sessions

12:45 – 1:30 ::  Organic lunch and networking

1:30 – 5:30 ::  Legislative visits

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Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture


Senator Sherrod Brown, Chairman, Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Subcommittee on Hunger, Nutrition, and Family Farms and Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies


Representative Sam Farr, Ranking Member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

schmidt Representative Jean Schmidt, Chairwoman, House Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition and Horticulture
Siddiqui Ambassador Islam “Isi” Siddiqui ,  Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of U.S. Trade

Darci Vetter, Deputy Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, U.S. Department of Agriculture

pegg Rayne Pegg,  Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
greene Cathy Greene,  Agricultural Economist, USDA Economic Research Service
jagger Dr. Craig Jagger,  Chief Economist, House Committee on Agriculture
rotenberg Dan Rotenberg,  Agriculture Counselor, European Union Delegation Commission to the US
wilmont David Wilmot, President and Co-founder, Ocean Champions
Marine Infantry Sgt. Colin Archipley and his wife, Karen, founders of Archi’s Acres – a certified organic farm in California.

Read speaker bios here

Participating Companies
AgriSystems International :: Albert's Organics :: Anvil Knitwear, Inc. :: Annie’s Homegrown :: Applegate :: Aromatech ::Aurora Organic Dairy :: Cal-Organic Farms :: CCOF :: Crystal Springs Consulting, Inc. :: Dixon Ridge Farms :: Driscoll Strawberry Associates ::Earthbound Farm :: foodswing :: Frontier Natural Products Cooperative :: General Mills :: Glover Park Group :: Grain Place Foods, Inc. ::Grimmway Farms :: High Quality Organics Inc ::  Horizon Organic :: J.M. Smucker Company :: Jacobs Farm / Del Cabo ::Kamut International ::Late July Organic Snacks :: Marcy and Partners :: Martek Biosciences Corporation :: Michael Torrey Associates, LLC :: NSF International :: Oregon Tilth ::Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative :: Pennsylvania Certified Organic :: Purity Organics :: QAI :: RIBUS, Inc. :: Richard D. Siegel Law Offices :: Rodale Institute :: Small Planet Foods/General Mills :: Smucker Natural Foods, Inc :: Stonyfield Farm :: SunOpta Inc ::Sustainable Strategies :: The Organic Center ::Uncle Matt's Organic, Inc. :: UNFI :: Vitins Consulting :: Whole Foods Market :: Wolf, DiMatteo + Associates :: Woodbury County

Find detailed participants list here

Held in April, when spring is in the air and the iconic cherry blossoms are in full regalia, there are so many reasons to make this vital gathering a part of your agenda.

Registration is $300


*The Hall of the States
444 N. Capitol St. NW,
Suite 445A, Washington D.C. 20001

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