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The organic sector's integrated value chain not only delivers organic products from seed to shelf, but helps to capture consumer demand for the benefit of the farmers, the economy, and the public.
Download the latest organic industry infographic
A vibrant conference featured a number of industry leaders and government officials who shares their perspectives on the critical issues confronting U.S. agriculture and its growing organic sector.
OTA Policy Conference
Keynote speeches now available
OTA has spearheaded and underwritten significant studies on organic trade in its effort to build a sound set of data for organic stakeholders and policymakers when they make their business decisions and design policy. The latest report is now available for download.
Just Released U.S. Organic Trade Data Report: 2011 to 2016
"U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies" is conclusive research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production–and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture–creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.
Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies
Following the release of The Organic Center’s pollinator health report, OTA urges USDA and the White House to take action.
OTA adopts pollinator policy
OTA's Board is comprised of 15 diverse individuals, from multiple points along the supply chain, who bring an unparalleled commitment and vision to guide the future direction of OTA.
Meet OTA's Board of Directors
OTA's mission is to promote and protect ORGANIC with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA's vision is to grow ORGANIC to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being.

OTA provides advocacy and analysis to advance organic food and farming.

OTA brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

OTA tracks market size, growth, and consumer perceptions on the nearly $50B U.S. organic sector.

OTA supports a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for organic.

Current Issues

Organic Trade Association convenes a Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address a vulnerability recently revealed in the supply chain.

OTA encourages USDA to allow rule to become effective without any further delays.

After many years of dialog with the organic sector, USDA has published an Organic Check-off proposal

New partnership will help farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. 

  • June 25, 2017 to June 28, 2017
    IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo

    IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo

    Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo will take place in Las Vegas, NV, June 25-28, 2017. The Organic Trade Association will be attending and presenting in a session titled "Developing Organic and Natural Ingredients for Use in Organic Products." Attendees will learn about several approaching regulatory changes to the USDA organic regulations on the use of natural flavors, colors, carrageenan and celery powder and gain an appreciation of the market opportunity available for food technologists who specialize in creating organic and natural alternatives. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 10:30am-12:00pm. Speakers include Kim Dietz, Senior Manager of Environmental, Natural and Organic with J.M. Smucker Co., Steve Pierce, CEO of Ribus Inc., Tony Moore, Chief Flavorist at Flavor Producers, and Erin Silva, Assistant Professor with University of Wisconsin-Madison. The session will be moderated by OTA's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs.

    The IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo will take place in Las Vegas, NV, June 25-28, 20...
  • July 12, 2017 to July 13, 2017
    Organic Produce Summit

    Organic Produce Summit

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    The second annual Organic Produce Summit is July 12-13 at the Monterrey Conference Center in Monterrey, CA. Retail buying organizations from across North America will meet with growers, shippers, processors and distributors in this intimate and energetic event devoted exclusively to organic fresh produce. Following the sold-out inaugural OPS this past July, the 2017 Organic Produce Summit promises to be a can’t miss opportunity to see organic production first hand, learn from insightful and innovative presenters, and network with leaders on the buying and production segments of this growing industry.

    The second annual Organic Produce Summit is July 12-13 at the Monterrey Conference Center ...
  • September 13, 2017 to September 16, 2017
    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 16, 2017. This exciting week in Baltimore serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. From our our annual Membership Meeting to the All Things Organic conference series, we look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events again during Expo East 2017. 

    Check out our full schedule of activities   

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in ...
  • October 31, 2017 to November 2, 2017
    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. A more detailed agenda and the meeting materials will be available on or before September 12. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

    For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    Omni Jacksonville
    Jacksonville, FL

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department ...

The Canada Organic Trade Association promotes the organic sector, educates the public and protects organic product integrity. COTA raises public awareness of the diverse Canadian organic industry through initiatives like national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer campaign. Member participation ensures that COTA will continue to be a strong voice for organic—to governments, consumers and the media.

The Organic Center is a trusted, go-to source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. As a non-profit research and education organization, The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in the current knowledge base about the many benefits of organic food and farming.