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Did you miss the Fall 2016 National Organic Standards Board meeting? For a complete run-down of votes, proposals, and discussion documents, take a look at the Organic Trade Association’s NOSB Summary Report.
OTA's NOSB Meeting Report
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
"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
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!
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
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
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 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

Read our draft comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service before December 5.

OTA submitted comments to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on organic claims.

For a complete run-down of votes and proposals, read OTA’s NOSB Summary Report

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

  • January 25, 2017 to January 28, 2017
    EcoFarm Conference

    EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 5:45pm

    EcoFarm Conference will be held January 25-28, 2017 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA.

    OTA's CEO Laura Batcha will participate in a panel on the proposed Organic Check-off that will present opposing viewpoints on the topic and encourage audience participation.

    The Organic Center will also be presenting on the following topics:

    • the release of a biodiversity calculator tool
    • the latest organic science research
    • research on the issue of citrus greening 

    To learn more, please contact OTA's CEO Laura Batcha or the Organic Center's Director of Science Programs Dr. Jessica Shade

    EcoFarm Conference will be held January 25-28, 2017 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Gr...

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.