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OTA’s signature policymaking event is comprised of a week full of advocacy and education. Learn more about 2016 activities and sponsorship opportunities.
OTA Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days
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#OrganicWeekDC May 23-27, 2016 Washington, D.C.
The Organic Center’s first-ever Organic Confluences Summit aims to bring together organic stakeholders to turn evidence-based research on the environmental benefits of organic agriculture into policy practice.
Organic Confluences Summit
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Monday May 23, 2016 Washington, D.C. Held in conjunction with #OrganicWeekDC
Currently, one of the most pressing challenges for the U.S. organic sector is to encourage more farmers to manage more acres organically. The good news is that there are a number of exciting strategies and opportunities at hand that can help address this challenge, particularly if we work together for success.
OTA's Spring 2016 Organic Report magazine is here!
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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
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Organic sector petitions USDA for organic check-off
In a groundbreaking move for the nation’s organic sector, OTA in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee has petitioned USDA for a research and promotion check-off program for organic.
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
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OTA has spearheaded and underwritten two 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.
Benchmark studies yield key insights into global organic food trade
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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
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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 rates, and consumer perceptions on the $39B U.S. organic sector.

The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program.

Current Issues

Comment deadline is June 13. OTA has formed a task force to address this issue. GET INVOLVED >>

Comment deadline is May 10. OTA has formed a task force to address this issue. GET INVOLVED >>

Feedback on the necessity of 2018 Sunset inputs is critical. Review OTA's final comments.

Join thousands of certified organic operations who are voicing their support for an Organic Check-off.

  • May 2, 2016 to May 7, 2016
    Cuba Organic Research Trip

    Cuba Organic Research Trip

    Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:45am to Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 5:00pm

    OTA CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will join U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a group of U.S. organic food producers and advocates on a trip to Cuba May 2-7. The group, including OTA Members from Honest Tea, Global Organics, and other companies, will spend five days on the island, meeting with Cuba’s agriculture minister, touring farms and restaurants, and talking about opportunities for both imports and exports between Cuba and North America. The trip is being sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which favors normalizing relations with Cuba. Part of the mission is to establish connections between Cubans who have been successfully producing essentially organic food for the last 25 years and companies involved in the American organic movement. To learn more, see the Portland Press Herald's article announcing the trip. 

     

    OTA CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will join U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a group of U.S. orga...
  • May 23, 2016 to May 27, 2016
    Policy Conference & Hill Visits

    Policy Conference & Hill Visits

    Monday, May 23, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, May 27, 2016 - 6:00pm
    Booming consumer demand as organic goes more mainstream, increasingly tight supplies of organic products, and lingering confusion among consumers are just a few of the host of critical issues which will be addressed during OTA’s annual Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. 
     
    OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. headquarters this spring to take part in these important discussions about the future of organic, and to help raise the profile of organic on Capitol Hill.  

     

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    Booming consumer demand as organic goes more mainstream, increasingly tight supplies of organic prod...
  • May 23, 2016
    Organic Confluences Summit

    Organic Confluences Summit

    Monday, May 23, 2016 - 9:00am

    The Organic Center’s first-ever Organic Confluences Summit is co-located with OTA’s Organic Week D.C. The summit takes place Monday, May 23rd at the Hall of the States, Washington D.C., and aims to bring together organic stakeholders to turn evidence-based research on the environmental benefits of organic agriculture into policy practice. To learn more visit The Organic Center's website.

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    The Organic Center’s first-ever Organic Confluences Summit is co-located with OTA’s...
  • July 13, 2016 to July 14, 2016
    Organic Produce Summit

    Organic Produce Summit

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 5:00pm

    During the inaugural Organic Produce Summit July 13-14 at the Monterrey Hyatt Resort and Spa, OTA’s Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha will kick off a series of Ted Talk-Style keynote presentations with a State of the Organic Produce Industry presentation. Other presenters include former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman, and OTA members Chad Hagan, Vice President of SunOpta, and Greg Holzman, founder and CEO of Purity Organics. This event will showcase the booming $11 billion organic fresh produce marketplace with a series of educational sessions, featured speakers, networking opportunities and exhibits from leading organic fresh fruit and vegetable producers. The educational component of the show will begin with a series of break-out sessions hosted by the Organic Trade Association and followed by featured addresses from innovative and inspirational presenters. To connect with OTA at the event, contact Laura.

    During the inaugural Organic Produce Summit July 13-14 at the Monterrey Hyatt Resort and Spa, OTA&rs...

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.

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