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The ENTIRE organic sector will be negatively impacted if the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule is withdrawn. Take action now to keep organic standards strong and consumer confidence high!
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 Our Board of Directors
OTA’s consumer survey takes an in-depth look at the buying patterns of American households, who buys organic products, what products are being bought, the reasons behind those decisions, and the purchase patterns of the organic consumer.
Latest Organic Consumer Data
As of September 13, 2017, the Organic Trade Association has taken action to defend the organic seal and organic standards by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards.
OTA sues USDA over animal welfare standards
The Organic Center and Northeastern University have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change!
Organic can help mitigate climate change!
OTA’s members work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.
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.
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
The Organic Trade Association'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 priorities: healthy markets, successful farmers, expanded production.

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

The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched an assault on organic food and farming. It's time to fight back.

The National Organic Standards Board held its fall 2017 meeting in Jacksonville, FL.

Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address supply chain vulnerability.

Read Organic Trade Assocation's comments to USDA on the establishment of a GMO labeling standard.

  • January 24, 2018 to January 27, 2018
    EcoFarm Conference

    EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 5:00pm

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration. EcoFarm Conference features over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, awards banquet, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops cover practical and cutting edge information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing, distribution, and farming and food system issues. As the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

    The Organic Trade Association will be presenting in the following sessions at the Conference:

    Organic Integrity in a Global Marketplace

    Thursday, Jan. 25 - 8:30am Location: Chapel

    Incredible growth in the organic marketplace is driving demand for organic crops sourced from around the world. The influx of organic imports is presenting new enforcement challenges and in 2017 the Washington Post highlighted some cases of fraud. While fraud is the exception, not the norm, any gap in oversight must be quickly addressed to protect organic producers and consumers. Join this session to learn how the National Organic Standards Board, organic certifiers and other stakeholders are working to establish new processes and best practices that will ensure the integrity of the global organic supply chain.

    Speakers: Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA), Scott Rice (WSDA Organic), Jake Lewin (CCOF)

    A Farm Bill For an Organic Future

    Thursday, Jan. 25 - 3:30pm Location: Heather

    Farm Bill is coming, and it will affect you! The Farm Bill is a defining piece of federal legislation that will frame the next five years of agriculture, conservation, social welfare, and other programs. Join organic policy experts to learn about this critical legislation and how organic advocates are working to build better policies and financial support for organic farmers and consumers in California and beyond. The session will highlight how farmers can get engaged by attending farmer fly-ins in D.C., meeting with elected representatives, and more.

    Speakers: Laura Batcha (OTA), Kelly Damewood (CCOF), Brise Tencer (OFRF)

    Meeting Information: 

    January 24-27, 2018

    Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds 

    Pacific Grove, CA

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is a non-profit educational organization whose mis...
  • March 8, 2018
    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

    Join us for The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West.

    Expect a thought-provoking program featuring keynote speaker Jennifer Garner, award-winning actress, philanthropist, and organic entrepreneur!

    Returning Chef Matthew Raiford is planning a menu that will delight your senses. You are guaranteed to connect with colleagues and organic industry leaders at this high-level event. You’ll learn about The Center’s important work to facilitate research and communicate credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming.

    Meet old friends and make new ones, be inspired and entertained, and enjoy a fantastic organic meal. Show up to show your support for THE source of scientific information for the industry.

    Sales are open for Sponsorships and Reserved Tables. Sponsoring this event or purchasing a Reserved Table are great ways to showcase your brand and ensure VIP seating for your guests while supporting The Organic Center’s research.

    For more information contact Amy Bovaird, Director of Development. 

    Event Information:

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    Marriott Hotel - Anaheim, CA

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    Join us for The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking di...
  • May 21, 2018 to May 24, 2018
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind.

    • It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Everyone from small organic producers to major growers, from family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, from researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will all come together to advance organic policy priorities.

    • It is a week of education and advocacy. Join discussions on federal policy issues critical to our nation’s nearly $50 billion organic sector. Take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities. Make a difference in Washington, D.C., and bring tools to advance organic back to your home state.

    • It is an unforgettable experience. Through keynote speeches by national thought leaders, inspiring moments from the business sector, and intimate networking opportunities, you will experience the impact of the organic sector in one powerful week.

    The week's activities include:

    Monday (all day) + Tuesday (morning), May 21-22
    The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit at USDA 

    Tuesday (afternoon), May 22
    Organic Trade Association's Member Meetings + Workshop at The Hall of the States

    Wednesday, May 23
    Organic Trade Association's Hill Visits Day on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, May 24
    Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference at the historic National Press Club

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit (May 21- 22). is colocated with The Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference and Hill Visits Day (May 23-24)  

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    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only ...
  • May 21, 2018 to May 22, 2018
    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:30pm

    The Organic Center’s 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, at the Hall of the States, Washington, D.C. The Organic Confluences Summit  is held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C. 

    The 2018 event is all about advancing the transfer of knowledge to support organic food and farming. The conference brings together organic stakeholders to examine ways to improve research communication among farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers. Scientists from across the United States will present the latest research on how organic farming practices benefit soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and pollinators, and can contribute to climate change mitigation. To see some of the highlights presented at last year's summit, visit The Organic Center's website. Please contact Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center's Associate Director of Science Programs, with questions. 

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    The Organic Center’s 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday and Tuesday, May ...

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.