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2017 Keynote Speeches

The Organic Trade Association's 2017 Policy Conference keynote speakers included 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. Videos are also available on OTA's YouTube channel


Melissa Hughes, OTA Board President




































































































State of the Organic Industry

Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Director / CEO
















Good Food for All – Getting to 200 organic farms in Georgia 

Alice Rolls, Executive Director Georgia Organics
















The Honorable Jimmy Panetta

U.S. House of Representatives (CA-20)













Organic preference defies demographic markers   

Cary Funk, Associate Director, Research. Pew Research 
















The Honorable John Faso 

U.S. House of Representatives (NY-19)













Jayson Werth, Outfielder 

Washington Nationals
















Farm Bill Q&A

Kathleen Merrigan  
















The Honorable Tim Ryan 

U.S. House of Representatives (OH-13)   













Ray Starling

Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance