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The Organic Trade Association praises progress on animal welfare, urges swift action from USDA
August 9, 2022

The Organic Livestock and Poultry Standards (OLPS) proposed rule represents a serious step from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) toward updating key organic animal welfare provisions first introduced over twenty years ago.

Market volatility and pantry loading subsiding, industry growth shifting back toward historic trends according to Organic Trade Association’s latest Industry Survey
June 2, 2022

Following an unprecedented year marked by pantry loading and supply shortages, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) latest Organic Industry Survey shows consumers returned to more stable, buy-as-you-need shopping patterns in 2021. Between 2020 and 2021, organic sales surpassed $63 billion, with $1.4 billion (2 percent) total growth over the year.

June 1, 2022

Today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intention to invest $300 million into a new Organic Transition Initiative program as part of the USDA Food System Transformation Framework. According to USDA: 

Organic Trade Association recognizes DeFazio for his years of leadership and service to the organic industry
March 30, 2022

In 1990, then junior Congressmember Peter DeFazio (D-OR) did the unthinkable – he dug in his heels for a farm bill amendment that he knew was opposed by both the Chair and Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee. Against the odds, that amendment – the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) – passed and the National Organic Program was born.

March 30, 2022

On the second day of Organic Week 2022, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) recognized six inspiring leaders from across the organic industry at a special awards dinner featuring organic dishes by Chef Eric Adjepong.

Tom Chapman will replace outgoing CEO Laura Batcha in April 2022 
March 29, 2022

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today announced the selection of its next CEO and Executive Director, Tom Chapman. The announcement was made during OTA’s 2022 Organic Week, which Chapman attended. Chapman’s hiring concludes a year-long planned succession process for Batcha that began in 2021.

Organic Trade Association CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha testifies on organic farm bill priorities before the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research
March 29, 2022

Organic agriculture, a $62 billion/year and growing industry, was center stage today as Executive Director and CEO of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Laura Batcha presented expert testimony before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.

Organic Trade Association’s annual conference returns to downtown DC March 28-30
March 1, 2022

With the farm bill just one year away, the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) upcoming 2022 Organic Week conference will be a prime opportunity for leaders from across the industry to network, receive the latest news and analysis from national experts, and coordinate policy advocacy. Organic Week 2022 will take place from March 28-30 at DC’s Intercontinental Hotel on the Wharf.  

Dr. Amber Sciligo to step up as the Center’s new Director of Science Programs
February 22, 2022

After nine years of successfully leading The Organic Center (TOC) as Director of Science Programs, Jessica Shade, Ph.D., has accepted a position with the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) as National Program Leader. At NIFA, Dr. Shade's experience will be put to great use in supporting innovative programs that advance agriculture-related sciences.