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USDA seeks comments on national Organic Check-off
The proposal for a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry has been published in the Federal Register. It’s time for you to weigh-in!
Join the Organic Trade Association (OTA) in Washington, D.C., for our signature government affairs event May 23-25. OTA’s Organic Week is an opportunity to engage in the critical work of sharing our messages of rural livelihoods, business growth and consumer choice with government leaders. There is much work to be done together.
Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days
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Purchase your tickets for The Organic Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Dinner, the largest business networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West.
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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
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
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.

OTA supports a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for organic.

Current Issues

After many years of dialog with the organic sector, USDA has published an Organic Check-off proposal

The organic industry supports the final rule and wants the effective date to stand as published.

New partnership will help farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. 

Read OTA's comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

  • March 9, 2017
    The Organic Center's 14th Annual Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center's 14th Annual Benefit Dinner

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 11:00pm

    TicketsSponsorships and VIP Reserved Tables Are Still Available

    Don't miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to be inspired and entertained, and to enjoy a fantastic organic meal – all in support of The Organic Center. This event is located at the Marriot Hotel in Anaheim, CA. 

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  • March 20, 2017
    Farm Bill Educational Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse

    Farm Bill Educational Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse

    Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:15pm

    Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, will hold a Farm Bill Educational Summit at the National Press Club on March 20. The Organic Trade Association will be one of the sponsors of the event, and OTA CEO, Laura Batcha, will be on a panel to talk about organic and the opportunities it offers. The event will be attended by key congressional staffers and policy makers who will be directly involved in the creation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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    Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, will hold a Farm Bill...

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.