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Farmers Advisory Council

The Organic Trade Association's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) provides the OTA Board of Directors and staff with input from small- and medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers and growers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda.
Established in 2013, the FAC was designed to formalize and improve communication between OTA and organic producers. Through open dialog, FAC gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence OTA’s policy, and enables OTA to better represent the diversity of organic producers in its policy and advocacy.
AlertFarmers Advisory Council submits 2016 Annual Report to OTA Board of Directors. Read the report.


The OTA Farmers Advisory Council is co-chaired by Perry Clutts, Organic Farmer; and OTA’s Board of Directors Farmer Seat. FAC is supported by Nate Lewis, OTA's Farm Policy Director. The council is comprised of representatives of state and regional farming organizations representing organic that enter into an agreement with OTA, for the mutual benefit of strengthening the organic industry’s national public policy influence.

Participating organizations

The advisory council is comprised of active farmers of small and medium-size operations who serve as representatives of sector, state and regional organic farming organizations. If your organization is interested in being represented through the OTA Farmers Advisory Council, contact Nate Lewis for more information.

CCOF, Inc. (California Certified Organic Farmers)

CCOF is a full-service trade association governed by the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that actively works to expand the organic marketplace we all depend upon. CCOF is a nonprofit organization of organic farmers, processors, handlers and retailers. Founded in 1973, CCOF is one of the nation’s largest and oldest organizations of third-party organic certification, and is the only full-service certification agency and trade association. CCOF is a founding member of the Advisory Council.

Montana Organic Association

The Montana Organic Association is the voice of Montana's organic community. MOA is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that provides education, information, support, assistance, promotion, and representation for organic producers, processors, handlers, retailers, consumers, researchers, agricultural service providers, and other interested parties

Organic Egg Farmers of America

Formed in 2011, Organic Egg Farmers of America’s mission is to bring together various stakeholders dedicated to the production of eggs in compliance with the Organic Standards, and to create an environment of honesty and co-operation for the betterment of the industry as a whole.

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.

Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

Founded in 1988, CROPP is the nation’s largest and most successful organic farmer cooperative, with over 1600 farmer members in 34 states of the Union and in Canada. CROPP has distinguished itself nationally as a leader of organic production, marketing, and farm policy.

Tilth Producers of Washington

Tilth Producers promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment.

Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

The mission of the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance is to preserve, protect, and ensure the sustainability and integrity of organic dairy farming across the West.

FAC at work for you

In an effort to formalize and improve two-way communication between OTA and organic producers, the FAC will continue to publish and share Council information, meeting agendas and notes, and reports and recommendations for OTA’s Board of Directors.

How to get involved

Interested organic farmers and organic farming sector, state and regional organic farming organizations should contact OTA’s Farm Policy Director, Nate Lewis.

More Information

Farmstead Membership               Meeting Minutes Archive


2016 FAC Annual Report
Operating guidelines 2014 FAC Summit Overview 2014 FAC Summit Summary 2015 FAC Annual Report 2014 FAC Annual Report

Farm Policy Director
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