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Organic Trade Association receives "Quality of Life" Award
Greenfield, Mass. (Aug. 25, 2003)- The George W. and Dacie Clements Agricultural Research Institute this weekend presented its annual "Quality of Life" Award to the Organic Trade Association for establishing The Organic Center for Education and Promotion.
"The Organic Trade Association's vision for the Organic Center for Education and Promotion will play an important role in contributing to the earth and its creatures through education, legislation, communication and recognition of the importance of maintaining and improving the quality of the soils, the waters and the environment-the goals recognized by our Quality of Life Award," said Mahlon Clements, president and chairman of the board at the Clements Agricultural Research Institute (CARI).
The award presentation yesterday was part of CARI's annual Celebration of the Earth.
CARI, located at Iroquois Farm adjacent to the St. Lawrence River in northern New York near Ogdensburg, itself focuses on organic agricultural research. Currently, it is concentrating on organic crops, particularly soybeans, which can be grown in the region.
"The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is honored to receive recognition from this farm research facility which itself is doing work crucial to organic farmers," said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA's executive director.
OTA is the membership-based business association representing all sectors of the organic industry throughout North America. It established the Organic Center for Education and Promotion to encourage scientific research on the benefits of organic agriculture and products, and to communicate those benefits to the public. Goals of the organic center include gathering a comprehensive set of credible, peer-reviewed scientific findings on the benefits of organic agriculture, and serving as a clearinghouse on such research.
Iroquois Farm, which includes a bed and breakfast and a restaurant and country store, has established a soybean farming operation, and currently is seeking a family to manage it.
For further information on the Organic Center for Education and Promotion, go to http://www.organic-center.org/. For more information about Iroquois Farm or CARI, contact Mahlon Clements at 315-375-6789.
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August 25, 2003
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