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Organic Trade Association thanks outgoing Ag Secretary



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Organic Trade Association thanks outgoing Ag Secretary

Greenfield, MA (Nov. 18, 2004) - The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today commended outgoing Secretary of Agriculture Ann M. Veneman for her work over the past four years, and wished her well in her next endeavors.


"We were pleased to have worked with her, and found her responsive to our concerns when organic standards were under attack during her watch," said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA's executive director.

DiMatteo said that the industry appreciated Veneman's support to uphold national organic standards when interests in 2003 tried to undermine livestock feed provisions and her response to industry and consumer concerns during 2004 when the National Organic Program issued directives without consulting the industry and National Organic Standards Board.


DiMatteo added that the trade association will work with her successor to further advance organic agriculture as an integral part of the U.S. agricultural landscape.


The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the business association representing the organic agriculture industry in North America. Its approximately 1,500 members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others.

Headquarters: 60 Wells Street, P.O. Box 547, Greenfield, MA 01302 USA  (413) 774-7511 Fax: (413) 774-6432  e-mail:  web site: Legislative Office: 600 Cameron Street, Alexandria, VA 22304 USA (202) 338-2900

November 18, 2004

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