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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
#OrganicWeekDC May 23-27, 2016 Washington, D.C.
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.
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
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 $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 >>

OTA submitted final comments to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the use of the term "Natural" on labels of human food products. 

Check out summaries of key topics, proposal decisions and Board discussions.

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

  • June 7, 2016 to June 9, 2016
    Food 2.0: Investing in the next wave of natural & organic

    Food 2.0: Investing in the next wave of natural & organic

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 - 9:15am to Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 5:15pm

    Food 2.0: Investing in the Next Wave of Natural & Organic will take place June 7-9, 2016 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Food manufacturers, companies & entrepreneurs, food service providers, distributors, food hubs, the investment community, consultants, lawyers and others will meet to assess the natural & organic food landscape and prospects.

    OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard will give a presentation on navigating the certification process, and will also sit on a panel discussing GMOs. To connect with OTA at the event, contact Gwendolyn

    Food 2.0: Investing in the Next Wave of Natural & Organic will take place June 7-9, 2016 at...
  • 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...
  • July 25, 2016
    National Press Foundation Boot Camp

    National Press Foundation Boot Camp

    Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:15am

    OTA will sponsor an organic boot camp for journalists during the National Press Foundation's 4-day training on The Future of Food and Agriculture. On July 25, 2016, OTA will lead a tour of an organic farm, followed by a presentation on organic. Over four days, journalists will dive into a range of topics, taking them from the fields to the dinner table to a peek into the future of agriculture. 

    The all-expenses-paid fellowship covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel costs and most meals. NPF offers this professional development opportunity for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on one of today’s most critical issues. Application deadline is May 24, 2016. 

    OTA will sponsor an organic boot camp for journalists during the National Press Foundation's 4-d...

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.