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Live Organic Pop-Up Shop

From May 4-6, 2017, the Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council will host a two-day organic fiber and textiles pop-up event! The event will take place at a health food store in New York City that will showcase certified organic fiber products and brands across all categories nationwide. The purpose is to raise awareness, promote organic fiber and textiles, and educate shoppers and the media on why purchasing organic fiber and textiles matters for people and the environment.

Date: 
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 09:00 to Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 18:00

Farm Bill Educational Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse

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.

Date: 
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 15:15

Agriculture Department seeks comments on national organic check-off

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced it is seeking public comments to a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) hailed the action as a significant step that will advance the growing organic sector and have important and long-lasting benefits for organic farmers, businesses and consumers alike.

USDA approves transitional certification program

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On January 11, 2017, The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. 

 

USDA approves new transitional certification program to foster organic growth

Today, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.

Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This will help ease the transition process to organic, allow farmers to sell their products as certified transitional at a premium price and help encourage more organic production.

Organic Innovation and Inspiration: CCOF 2017 Annual Conference

Save the date for CCOF’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference events on February 9-10, 2017, in Visalia, California. This year’s theme—Organic Innovation and Inspiration—will feature the innovative techniques organic producers, handlers, retailers, and other change-makers are using to address current economic and environmental issues, as well as big ideas for tackling the challenges of tomorrow.

Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:15 to Friday, February 10, 2017 - 17:15

USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

The United States Department of Agriculture's 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place February 23-24, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The theme will be "A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture." The Organic Trade Association's CEO Laura Batcha and Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis will both be speaking.

Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 17:00

Board of Directors Retreat and Meeting

The Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, January 31 - February 1 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Eugene, OR. The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a year, two or three in-person meetings and one or two via teleconference. Each Board member serves on one of the three committees: Executive, Community Relations, or Governance.  Each committee typically meets once per month. If you would like to attend a Board meeting or formally address the Board

Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:00

Organic in Portland Regional Networking Event

Please join the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board of Directors in Portland, Oregon, for a regional meeting and networking event on Wednesday, February 1 at the Hilton Portland

Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 16:30 to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 17:30

Comments submitted on animal raising claims

On December 5, OTA submitted comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the agency’s guidance surrounding documentation to substantiate animal raising claims on packaged meat products. In its comments, OTA said it strongly believes that an organic certificate should be the only documentation required for animal raising claims verified through the organic certification process.

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