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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
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"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
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The Organic Trade Association is encouraging organic producers and handlers to participate in its Farm Bill survey to provide feedback on new policy priorities for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.
Take the Farm Bill Survey
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.
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 $43B U.S. organic sector.

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

Current Issues

Provide feedback on new policy priorities for the upcoming 2018 Farm Bill.

Use OTA's survey system to submit feedback on the materials allowed for use by organic operations.

The federal GMO labeling bill signed by President Obama includes important provisions for organic.

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

  • October 5, 2016 to October 7, 2016
    Provender Alliance Conference

    Provender Alliance Conference

    Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 9:45am to Friday, October 7, 2016 - 5:45pm

    Registration is now open for the 40th annual Provender Alliance Educational Conference to be held October 5-7 in Hood River, OR. The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center will be present at this event. 

    Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA's Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, and Nate Lewis, OTA's Farm Policy Director, will be giving a presentation titled "Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket." This session will provide up-to-date and accurate information on controversial organic issues including where each issue is at in the regulatory process and how shoppers can weigh in and make their voices heard. Topics will include hydroponics, animal welfare, aquaculture, natural flavors and GMO labeling. 

    Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for the The Organic Center, will give a presentation titled "The Science Behind Organic: Recent Studies in Organic Research." This workshop will help to bridge the gap between science and the public by covering studies published in the last two years about the human health and environmental benefits of organic agriculture. 

    For more details about the conference and to register, visit the Provender Alliance website.

    Registration is now open for the 40th annual Provender Alliance Educational Conference to be he...
  • October 12, 2016 to October 21, 2016
    OTA in Switzerland & Sial Paris

    OTA in Switzerland & Sial Paris

    Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3:15pm to Friday, October 21, 2016 - 5:15pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a seminar on organic equivalency in Switzerland. Following the seminar, OTA will host an all organic pavilion at Sial Paris. To learn more contact OTA's Associate Director of International Trade, Monique Marez

    The Organic Trade Association will host a seminar on organic equivalency in Switzerland. Following t...
  • November 16, 2016 to November 18, 2016
    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 8:00am to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information including agendas, locations, recommendations, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on past meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    Chase Park Plaza Hotel
    212 N. Kingshighway Blvd. 
    St. Louis, MO 63108 
    (314) 633-3000

    Learn more

     

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations a...

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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