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Critical Issues

We serve as the unifying voice of the U.S. organic industry on Capitol Hill, and we advance our mission to promote and protect organic agriculture and trade through legislative and regulatory advocacy. 

As the only trade association working on behalf of the organic sector, we build and retain meaningful relationships with Members of Congress and their staff, USDA’s National Organic Program, NOSB, and the FDA on food and farming policy.

Here are some of the current regulatory and legislative issues that we are actively working on to strengthen the organic sector. 

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Strengthening Organic Enforcement

The USDA National Organic Program published the Strengthening Organic Enforcement (SOE) Final Rule in early 2023.

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Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

Enroll today to help eliminate organic fraud. All certified operations must include a Fraud Prevention Plan in their Organic Systems Plan as mandated by SOE.


2023 Farm Bill

Our 2023 Farm Bill policy priorities will ensure the continued growth of the global organic marketplace and bring further economic benefits to U.S. producers and their locally connected supply chains.

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Animal Welfare Standards

OTA, along with thousands of organic stakeholders and consumers, urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to swiftly implement a final Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) rule to strengthen organic animal welfare standards.  

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