GREENFIELD, Mass. (July 27, 2000) – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has reserved the 1884 Baldwin Roundhouse at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, for its Annual Organic Industry Dinner, slated for 7-10:30 p.m. September 21.
At the event, OTA will celebrate its 15th anniversary. Established in 1985 as the Organic Foods Production Association of North American (OFPANA), the association took on its current name in 1995. As its mission, OTA promotes organic products in the marketplace, protects the integrity of organic standards, and serves as the leading voice and resource on organic agriculture and products.
"It truly is a time to celebrate, particularly as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) moves forward in implementing national organic standards and takes steps to fully integrate organic agriculture in its programs," said Katherine DiMatteo, OTA’s executive director.
Fittingly, OTA will present its 2000 Organic Leadership Award at the dinner to Kathleen Merrigan, administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. This award is given annually to honor an individual who has shown leadership and vision in furthering the goals of organic agriculture.
The dinner will feature organic fare and revelry. Sponsors for the event include Florida Crystals, Horizon Organic Dairy, Nature’s Path, Seeds of Change, and The Hain Celestial Group.
Tickets for the dinner are now available. Early reservations are $55 for OTA members, and $70 for non-members. After Sept. 1, tickets will cost $70 for OTA members, and $85 for non-members. The deadline for reservations is Sept. 15.
To order tickets, contact Lori Wyman at OTA by calling 413-774-7511, ext. 11 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 27, 2000
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