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The OTA Calendar is full of events that are either organized or attended by OTA. We are pleased to organize and support dozens of events that advance organic agriculture and trade throughout the year. Some of these are signature OTA events hosted for members, while others are regional, national, or international conferences where OTA staff are featured keynotes and panelists. Whether we’re bringing the latest news and trends about the organic industry to diverse audiences, sponsoring business networking gatherings, or hosting listening sessions to gather feedback from the sector, you can count on OTA to be part of the action. 

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  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 5:00pm
    EcoFarm Conference

    EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference January 23 - 26, 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA - Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, awards banquet, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops offer practical and cutting edge information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing, distribution, and food systems. As the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, EcoFarm is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, distributors, retailers, activists, researchers, and educators.

    The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Jessica Shade, will be leading the following workshop at the Conference on January 24th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:

    Organic Truths and Lies – the REAL Science Behind the Benefits of Organic
    Moderator: Lisa J. Bunin, PhD, Organic Advocacy;
    Speakers: Jessica Shade, PhD, The Organic Center; Asa Bradman, PhD, University of California, Berkeley.

    Every year  scientific research on the benefits of organic grows and so does the  spread of misinformation about the effects of organic on our health and environment. This workshop will dispel the myths and highlight what some of the most recent scientific studies say, and don’t say about how organic agriculture impacts our communities and ecosystems. You can rest assured that the benefits are enormous. For example, research has shown  that on average, organic farms have 44 percent higher levels of humic acid—the component of soil that sequesters carbon over the long term—than soils not managed organically. Come hear the latest and greatest about how organic fits into positive strategies to improve soil health, biodiversity, clean water, mitigate climate change, and reduce dietary and occupational exposurea to pesticides.

    Organic Trade Association Board Member David Lively of Organically Grown Company is organizing an Organic Trade Association social at the EcoFarm Conference on Thursday, January 24th at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Sanderling room:

    But What has the Organic Trade Association Done for Me Lately?
    Ever wonder exactly what the Organic Trade Association (OTA) does, or how its efforts benefit you?  Or maybe you are one of those of the opinion that the OTA’s activities only serve the needs of “the big boys” and not the historic trade and the organic grower base? Here is a chance to sharpen you awareness of the many challenges facing the organic movement and trade, and learn how our most significant national organization takes them on. This event, sponsored by OTA members from the fresh produce sector, will feature OTA Executive Director Laura Batcha in a Q&A session covering the broad range of concerns and activities that occupy the OTA’s staff and members on a daily basis. The setting is casual and the refreshments first rate. This event is open to both members and non-members. Please join us for an enlightening discussion!

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking at a workshop at the Conference on Friday, January 25th from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.:

    Real, Regenerative, Regular? Which Organic Seal for You?
    Presenters: Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association; Paul Muller, Full Belly Farm; Elizabeth Whitlow, Regenerative Organic Alliance

    After extensive controversy over how USDA regulates certified organic, particularly with regards to hydroponics, animal welfare, and corporate bias, two new certifications have arrived on the scene. Both start with USDA organic and add additional features. Representatives will discuss the new programs and what they offer organic farmers and consumers, and we will also hear the perspective from supporters of the existing USDA program. The Real Organic Project, founded by organic farmers, began in 2018 to refine stricter standards than the USDA, testing them in real-world situations with plans to roll out in 2019. Patagonia, Dr. Bronner’s and Rodale Institute are sponsoring the Regenerative Organic label, an add-on to USDA’s organic program, with significantly stricter regulations for soil management, carbon sequestration, animal welfare, ecosystem protection, and farmworker health and safety.

    Conference Information:

    January 23-26, 2019

    Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds 

    Pacific Grove, CA

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference January 23 - 26, 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA - Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an ...
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5:00pm
    NOP/ACA Professional Development Training

    NOP/ACA Professional Development Training

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The 2019 NOP/ACA Professional Development Training will take place in Greenville, South Carolina, January 29-31, 2019. 

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will present the following session at the training on January 30, 2019. 

    Traceback and Supply Chain Verification
    Speakers: Kyla Smith (Pennsylvania Certified Organic), Gwendolyn Wyard (Organic Trade Association), and Jessica Walden (Quality Assurance International)

    What is Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity (GOSCI) and where does the Organic Trade Association’s Fraud Prevention Program stand? What is the certifier's and inspector's role when it comes to supply chain integrity? We'll look at some examples of traceability gaps and methods to address them. 

    Event Information:

    January 29-31, 2019

    Greenville, South Carolina 

    The 2019 NOP/ACA Professional Development Training will take place in Greenville, South Carolina, January 29-31, 2019.  Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's Vice President of Regulatory ...
  • Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Global Organic Produce Exposition (GOPEX)

    Global Organic Produce Exposition (GOPEX)

    Friday, February 1, 2019 - 8:00am to 5:00pm

    The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Exposition & Conference (GOPEX) provides a forum to meet the rapidly changing needs of professionals who grow, distribute, pack and market organic produce. This international trade show and conference provides the ideal opportunity for organic produce professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas, source new products and services, and do business with the industry's leading growers, distributors, packers, marketers and retailers.

    The Organic Trade Association is organizing a keynote and two panel discussions at the Conference on February 1, 2019. More details on each session below, and for more information contact Angela Jagiello

    Keynote Speaker - Shannon Allen 
    8:45am - 9:45am
    Shannon Allen is the creator of grown™ and a hardworking mom-on-the-go. She lives in Miami with her husband, Ray Allen, two-time NBA champion, and their five children. grown’s restaurant concept evolved after searching unsuccessfully for an organic, nutrient dense meal on-the-go for her children.

    The Organic Center Presents: For Growers: Breeding for flavor
    11:00am - 11:50am
    Hear from cutting-edge researchers about what’s possible when seed breeders expand their focus beyond yield and transportability as primary desirable traits and begin selecting for other qualities, such as flavor, nutrition and resilience to weather and pest pressures. Discussion Leader: Amber Sciligo, Science Program Manager, The Organic Center

    The Organic Center Presents: Combatting Citrus Greening Disease in Organic Systems
    1:30pm - 2:20pm
    Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world – though Florida citrus has been particularly hard hit. Infected trees are unable to extract the nutrients they need from soil, resulting in severely compromised yields and fruit that is unsuitable for sale. Until now, most of the protocols used to fight the spread of the disease have not been compliant with organic regulations. The Organic Center has collaborated with University of Florida researchers to publish a study that outlines a rigorous, multi-faceted approach to protecting citrus trees in organic systems. The paper is based on a review of existing literature, previously unpublished research and grower observations. Our panel of experts will discuss the effect Citrus Greening Disease has had on the Florida citrus industry (especially in organic), and will give a high-level overview of the paper’s findings. The discussion will be led by Amber Sciligo, PhD, Science Program Manager, The Organic Center. Panelists include: Marty Mesh, Organic Visionary, Found Florida Organic Growers, Ben McLean, Head of Research, Uncle Matt's Organic, Inc.

    Conference Information:

    January 31 - February 2, 2019

    Diplomat Beach Resort

    Hollywood, FL

    The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Exposition & Conference (GOPEX) provides a forum to meet the rapidly changing needs of professionals who grow, distribute, pack and market organic produce. Th...
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 3:00pm
    Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In 2019

    Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In 2019

    Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:30pm to Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 3:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In brings organic farmers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress, USDA and national agriculture organizations to discuss issues of importance to organic farmers. The Fly-In will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4 and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.  Special thanks to our generous sponsors, Organic Valley and Stonyfield. 

    This event elevates the voice of farmers in Washington, D.C. and is a great opportunity to network with a dedicated group of organic farmers from across the country. Participants have an opportunity to welcome the new Congress and educate them on the importance of organic to U.S. agriculture.

    For more information about the 2019 FAC Fly-In contact the Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In brings organic farmers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress, USDA and national agricultu...
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The In-Person Winter Board Meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., directly following the 2019 FAC Fly-In.

    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.

    Organic Trade Association members are welcome to attend and observe in-person Board meetings, with the exception of any Executive Session. 

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    Thursday, February 7th, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Washington, D.C.

    Event Type: 
    The In-Person Winter Board Meeting will take place in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., directly following the 2019 FAC Fly-In. The OTA Board of Directors t...
  • Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:00am to Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:00pm
    World Ag Expo

    World Ag Expo

    Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 10:00am to Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 5:00pm

    World Ag Expo is the largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition featuring 1,450+ exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees each year. Each year it is held at the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California,  starting on the second Tuesday of February. It has officially been designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce as an affiliate of the Foreign Buyer Program, which encourages exportation of American made goods. 

    The Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, Membership and Development, Cassandra Christine, will be attending to walk the show floor on Wednesday, February 13. If you'd like to connect with us at the World Ag Expo, contact Cassandra Christine!

    Trade Show Information:

    February 12-14, 2019

    International Agri-Center

    Tulare, California

    World Ag Expo is the largest annual outdoor agricultural exposition featuring 1,450+ exhibitors and more than 100,000 attendees each year. Each year it is held at the International Agri-Center in Tula...
  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Biofach

    Biofach

    Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Biofach is the world's largest trade show for organic, taking place February 13-16, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of 14 U.S. organic companies at the show, come visit us at booth 4A-627! This pavilion is already filled, but if you are interested in being added to the waitlist for participation, contact the Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey.

    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be presenting the following sessions at Biofach on February 14, 2019:

    Global Organic Market | 10:00am - 11:30am | St. Petersburg
    Laura will discuss the organic market in North America as well as import/export trade data

    Blockchain, remote sensing and non-analytical tools for enhancing integrity in supply chains | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | Oslo
    Despite all efforts to improve the regulatory system and components of the organic guarantee, fraud is ongoing. The most recent one was made public in Italy mid-November 2018 by the anti-fraud office. Technologies and tools for improving, if not solving, the core problems are available. It needs a dedicated discussion about new ways to change our approach to action

    Additionally, Organic Trade Associatoin staff will also host the following meetings in conjunction with Biofach on February 14, 2019:

    GOTS Certifiers Council Meeting | 1:30pm - 4:30pm | Lissabon 
    Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, will facilitate this meeting with the GOTS Certifiers Council. 

    EU Stakeholder Meeting |4:00pm - 6:00pm | Prag
    During this meeting US and EU organic stakeholders will discuss the effects of changing EU regulations as well as Brexit's effect on the US-EU organic equivelency arrangement. This meeting is invite-only. 

    Trade Show Information:

    February 13-16, 2019

    Nuremberg, Germany 

    Biofach is the world's largest trade show for organic, taking place February 13-16, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of 14 U.S. organic companies at the s...
  • Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Organicology

    Organicology

    Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Organicology 2019 will be taking place February 14 -16 in Portland, OR. With intensive training sessions, workshops, world class keynote speakers, amazing entertainment and networking, Organicology is a conference of its own class. Organicology seeks to bring all of the stakeholder groups to the table to not only develop skills in their own areas of activity but to gain exposure to the challenges and accomplishments of those in other areas of the trade and movement. Each day of Organicology offers different opportunities to learn. Thursday is for intensives, Friday is for workshops and our Ark of Taste Dinner and concert, and Saturday is our Exhibitor Showcase.

    The Organic Trade Association’s VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be leading the following Intensive session taking place on Thursday, February 14.

    Intensive: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? Integrity, Continuous Improvement and Evolution in the Organic Trade

    In this intensive, we will look at IFOAM’s “Organic 3.0” and the OTA’s “Bold Steps” as potential guides for navigating the challenges now before us, and the “Middle Path”, developed by Organic Agsystems Consulting and Organically Grown Company staff as a process for deliberating options with the requirement that they provide open paths to continuous improvement through “relentless but patient” progress. Want to participate in shaping the future of the organic sector?  Want to learn how to break-down complex situations and find pragmatic, workable solutions?  Want to develop your management and problem-solving skills?  Then this is the intensive workshop for you!  Be prepared to be engaged!

    The Organic Trade Association's Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, will be leading the following workshop at the Conference on Friday, February 15.

    Farm Bill & Organic Policy in 2019 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Speakers: Megan Debates; Steve Etka, National Organic Coalition; Nichelle Harriott; Chris Schriener, Oregon Tilth; Brise Tencer      

    This workshop will provide an update on the 2018-19 Farm Bill, and dig into policies ranging from working lands conservation and crop insurance to research, certification cost share, and enhanced enforcement against fraudulent organic imports. Learn about key strategies and opportunities for grassroots outreach to engage and mobilize around critical organic wins. Panelists will provide a primer on new and returning members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, the Organic Caucus, and other policy needs.

    Also on Friday, February 15, Gwendolyn Wyard will be speaking at the following workshops:

    Ferreting out Fraud and Securing Future Supplies |1:30pm  3:00pm
    Speakers: John Saunders; Chris Schriener, Oregon Tilth; Jessica Shade, The Organic Center; Gwendolyn Wyard

    This workshop focuses on the tools and technologies to verify organic integrity throughout an increasingly complex supply chain. Panelists will discuss a variety of available and emerging mechanisms for preventing organic fraud, including Blockchain, organic-approved fumigation, and upgrades to electronic organic certificate management.

    Private Sector Solutions to Increasing Organic Seed Usage | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Speakers: Andrew Black; Heron Breen, Fedco Seeds; Micaela Colley, Organic Seed Alliance; Kristina Hubbard, Organic Seed Alliance; Logan Peterman, Organic Valley; Gwendolyn Wyard

    The availability of organic seed and planting stock has dramatically increased, yet further improvement is needed. From improving regulatory frameworks to strengthen and clarify organic seed requirements to increased investments in research, education, and resources, this interactive workshop explores private sector solutions to expanding organic seed usage. Panelists will focus on how to develop the relationship and commitment between organic food processors, growers, and seed providers.

    Organic Trade Association Board Member David Lively of Organically Grown Company is organizing an Organic Trade Association social at Organicology on Friday, February 15th at 5:00 p.m, taking place at the Hilton in Broadway I/II. 

    But What has the Organic Trade Association Done for Me Lately?
    Ever wonder exactly what the Organic Trade Association (OTA) does, or how its efforts benefit you?  Or maybe you are one of those of the opinion that the OTA’s activities only serve the needs of “the big boys” and not the historic trade and the organic grower base? Here is a chance to sharpen you awareness of the many challenges facing the organic movement and trade, and learn how our most significant national organization takes them on. This event, sponsored by OTA members from the fresh produce sector, will feature OTA Executive Director Laura Batcha in a Q&A session covering the broad range of concerns and activities that occupy the OTA’s staff and members on a daily basis. The setting is casual and the refreshments first rate. This event is open to both members and non-members. Please join us for an enlightening discussion!

    Conference Information:

    February 14-16, 2019

    Hilton Portland Downtown

    Portland, OR

    Organicology 2019 will be taking place February 14 -16 in Portland, OR. With intensive training sessions, workshops, world class keynote speakers, amazing entertainment and networking, Organicology is...
  • Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
    OFRF Organic Agriculture Research Forum

    OFRF Organic Agriculture Research Forum

    Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

    The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Organic Agriculture Research Forum will be taking place on February 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon, in partnership with Organicology. The day-long forum will feature innovative presentations from researchers across all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems. The intent of the forum is to share the most current information with farmers, ranchers, extensionists, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in organic agriculture.

    Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking at the Forum about The Organic Center's work with examining the impacts of organic on climate change. Jessica will speak on a climate change panel from 1:30pm-1:50pm discussing the real impact of organic agriculture on climate change, and adjusting LCA data to more fully account for organic systems.

    For more information, contact Jessica Shade

    Forum Information:

    February 16, 2019

    Hilton Portland Downtown

    Portland, OR

    The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Organic Agriculture Research Forum will be taking place on February 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon, in partnership with Organicology. The day-long forum wi...
  • Monday, February 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Annual Meeting

    Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Annual Meeting

    Monday, February 18, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Annual Meeting will take place in Izmir, Turkey from February 18-20, 2019. 

    The GOTS Regional Seminar will take place on Monday, February 18 from 9:30am - 5:30pm. Through focused and challenging discussions, this one-day seminar shall address pressing issues relevant to the organic textiles industry. It shall equip participants with best practices and know-how relating to the biggest opportunities – and challenges – help to transform their supply chains to achieve efficiency through sustainability. Along with speakers from the international GOTS team, it will also bring together top business leaders, brands, social and chemical compliance experts and practitioners, certification bodies and manufacturers, offering the exciting opportunity for a thorough exchange of experience and ideas.

    The Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, as well as the Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be attending the meeting. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

    Meeting Information: 

    February 18-20, 2019 

    Movenpick Hotel

    Izmir, Turkey 

    The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Annual Meeting will take place in Izmir, Turkey from February 18-20, 2019.  The GOTS Regional Seminar will take place on Monday, February 18 from ...
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm
    USDA's 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum

    USDA's 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, February 22, 2019 - 5:00pm

    “Growing Locally, Selling Globally” is the theme of USDA’s 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum. The Feb. 21-22 conference will feature sessions on global trade trends, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology and frontiers in conservation as well as the 2019 outlooks for food and commodity markets.

    Organic is on the agenda on Friday February 22 at 2:45pm. Catherine Greene, Senior Agricultural Economist, ERS-USDA,will present the U.S. Outlook for Organic Agriculture, discussing consumer demand for organic food, and examine market trends and outlook for U.S. organic grains, dairy, poultry and specialty crops. Click here to review the full Forum agenda

    Conference Information:

    February 21-22, 2019

    Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel 

    Arlington, VA

    “Growing Locally, Selling Globally” is the theme of USDA’s 95th Agricultural Outlook Forum. The Feb. 21-22 conference will feature sessions on global trade trends, innovations in agricultur...
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
    MOSES Organic Farming Conference

    MOSES Organic Farming Conference

    Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will host the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference February 21-23 in La Crosse, WI. This Conference is the largest event in the U.S. about organic and sustainable farming, offering 66 workshops over 6 sessions, inspiring keynotes, engaging roundtables, and a resource-packed exhibit hall with over 170 vendors. Organic University, day 1 of the conference, provides full-day courses that dig deeper into specific farming topics.

    Melody Meyer, founder of Source Organic, will present the following sessions at the Conference on behalf of the Organic Trade Assocation. 

    International Trade | Friday, February 22, 3:30pm
    Speaker: Melody Meyer

    The global organic marketplace is constantly shifting, making your farm products more or less desirable. Gain an understanding of the global marketplace and learn how to interpret its forecast so you can make better decisions about what to grow and market.

    Organic Check-Off | Saturday, February 23, 8:30am
    Speakers: Melody Meyer, Jim Riddle, Kathleen Delate

    Since the USDA halted a mandatory organic check-off to fund research and promotion of organic, members of the organic sector are looking at a voluntary check-off program called GRO Organic. Learn about this option and hear different perspectives on the need for organic research, promotion, and consumer education. Weigh in with your own “big idea” to advance organic.

    The Organic Center's Science Project Manager, Amber Sciligo, will be presenting the following session at the Conference:

    Beyond Till vs No-Till | Saturday, February 23, 10:30am
    Speaker: Amber Sciligo

    Intensive agriculture practices have depleted our soils and accelerated climate change, but the good news is practices employed by organic farmers can rebuild soil. Learn about cutting-edge research on organic’s soil-building potential and strategies you can use on your farm to help mitigate climate change.

    For more information, contact Adrienne Messe.

    Conference Information: 

    February 21-23, 2019

    La Crosse Center

    La Crosse, WI

    The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) will host the 2019 MOSES Organic Farming Conference February 21-23 in La Crosse, WI. This Conference is the largest event in the U....
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 8:00am
    CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference

    CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference

    Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 8:00am

    The CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) Annual Conference will be taking place on February 27, 2019 in Fresno, CA. The theme for the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting is "Organic Generation: The Next Era."

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in the morning of the Conference about organic market trends and how they will impact the future of the organic sector. For more information contact Gwendolyn Wyard

    Conference Information: 

    February 27, 2019

    Fresno DoubleTree Hilton Hotel

    Fresno, CA

    The CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers) Annual Conference will be taking place on February 27, 2019 in Fresno, CA. The theme for the 2019 Annual Membership Meeting is "Organic Generation: The ...
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:00pm
    FoodEx Japan

    FoodEx Japan

    Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, March 8, 2019 - 5:00pm

    FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's leading trade show, taking place March 3-8 in Tokyo, Japan.  Over the 4 days of the exhibition, about 85,000 buyers from food service, distribution, and trading companies are expected to attend. Attention will be given to the expansion of business opportunities domestically and internationally upon the activation of the TPP. Numerous buyers will also be attending from abroad, and business talks will be held with domestic and international manufacturers.

    Registration is open for shared booth space with the Organic Trade Association at FoodEx 2019. The registration fee is $600 for new exhibitors to FoodEx Japan and $1,000 for return participants when you sign up with the Organic Trade Association. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee covers one round-trip economy flight to Japan (booked through an Organic Trade Association travel agent), a single hotel room for the duration of the activity, one 1 m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA Pavilion, logo screening and other marketing materials, and an interpreter shared among exhibitors. All other expenses--meals, samples, cost to and from the airport--are your responsibility. The show dates are March 5–8, with arrival in Japan on March 3. Sign up now! For more information, contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey.

    Note:  For all USDA MAP programs, the products you promote must be produced in the United States and contain at least 51% or more U.S. produced ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  

    Trade Show Information:

    March 3-8, 2019

    Venue - Makuhari Messe

    Tokyo, Japan

     

    FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's leading trade show, taking place March 3-8 in Tokyo, Japan.  Over the 4 days of the exhibition, about 85,000 buyers from food service, distribution, and trading compani...
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
    Natural Products Expo West

    Natural Products Expo West

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place March 5-9, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at booth #1821 and is a content partner for organic education programming at the show. Click here for more information on organic at Expo West

    Don't miss The Organic Center's 16th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West. Expect a thought-provoking program featuring keynote speaker Shannon Allen. Shannon, wife of 2x NBA champion Ray Allen, is the creator and owner of the thriving all-organic fast-food restaurant chain grown™. Enjoy a delicious custom organic menu created by Chef Megan Mitchell featuring products supplied by our sponsors. Megan is a seasoned chef and internet personality who's worked with the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Tastemade. Sponsorships are available, or you can buy a table. Individual tickets go on sale in January. Add your name to the waiting list and be first to know when ticket sales launch. 

    Trade Show Information:

    March 5-9, 2019

    Anaheim Convention Center

    Anaheim, CA

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place March 5-9, 2019 in Anaheim, CA. The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at booth #1821 and is a content partner for organic education programmi...
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm
    The Organic Center Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center Benefit Dinner

    Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

    Join us for the The Organic Center's 16th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner on Wednesday, March 6 at Natural Products Expo West.

    Expect a thought-provoking program featuring keynote speaker Shannon Allen. Shannon, wife of 2x NBA champion Ray Allen, is the creator and owner of the thriving all-organic fast-food restaurant chain grown™.
    megan mitchell

    Enjoy a delicious custom organic menu created by Chef Megan Mitchell featuring products supplied by our sponsors. Megan is a seasoned chef and internet personality who's worked with the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Tastemade.

    You are guaranteed to connect with colleagues and organic industry leaders at this high level event. You'll learn about The Center's important work to facilitate research and communicate credible, evidence-based science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming.

    Sponsorships are available, or you can buy a table. Individual tickets go on sale in January. Add your name to the waiting list and be first to know when ticket sales launch.

    Event Type: 
    Join us for the The Organic Center's 16th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner on Wednesday, March 6 at Natural Products Expo West. Expect a thought-provoking program feat...
  • Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 3:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

    Experience the impact of organic – three great events in one powerful week.

    It’s time to double-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, join us at the epicenter of culinary creativity for a collaborative event about the future of organic. We’ll explore leading-edge thinking, discuss bold strategies, and take incremental steps to advance policy and private sector solutions.

    The Organic Trade Association kicks off Organic Week in Washington, D.C. with Member Day on Monday, May 20, at our headquarters in the Hall of The States. On Tuesday, May 21, we will head to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day to educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of organic. The week's activities will culminate with Conference Day in a unique new venue – Dock 5 – a creative urban space in the nexus of the bustling, historic Union Market. There, we will focus on bold ideas and critical conversations of consequence to our industry.

    Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will come together to advance organic priorities. You can’t afford to miss this intimate offering of education, advocacy, and networking brought to you by the Organic Trade Association.

    Register now, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. We hope to see you there! 

    Organic Week Schedule:

    Monday, May 20: Member Day [OTA members only]

    Tuesdays, May 21: Advocacy Day [OTA members only]

    Wednesday, May 22: Conference Day 

    Thursday, May 23: Board of Directors Meeting [open to members]

     

     

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    Experience the impact of organic – three great events in one powerful week. It’s time to double-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, join us at the e...
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Spring Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Organic Trade Association Spring Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

    The Spring Board Meeting will take place on Thursdsay, May 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., directly following the Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference.

    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.

    Organic Trade Association members are welcome to attend and observe in-person Board meetings, with the exception of any Executive Session.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    Thursdsay, May 23, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Washington, D.C. 

    Event Type: 
    The Spring Board Meeting will take place on Thursdsay, May 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., directly following the Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference. The OTA Board...
  • Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00pm to Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Annual Board Retreat Meeting

    Organic Trade Association Annual Board Retreat Meeting

    Monday, July 8, 2019 - 9:00pm to Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 4:00pm

    The Annual OTA Board Retreat Meeting will be taking place in Monterey, CA on July 8-9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST.

    The Organic Trade Association Board will be in Monterey for the Organic Produce Summit, taking place July 10-11, 2019. 

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    July 8-9, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST

    Monterey, CA

    Event Type: 
    The Annual OTA Board Retreat Meeting will be taking place in Monterey, CA on July 8-9, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PST. The Organic Trade Association Board will be in Monterey for the Organic Pro...
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting Phone Conference will be taking place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.

    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.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.

    Phone Conference 

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting Phone Conference will be taking place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a ...
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 4:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 28,000 industry professionals and 1,900 exhibits to the Baltimore Convention Center, September 11-14, 2019. 

    The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting and will organize the All Things Organic Conference education sessions as well as host international buyers meetings and organic stakeholder meetings at the show.

    Save the date for the Organic Trade Association's Annual Membership Meeting and Leadership Awards Celebration hosted in conjunction with Expo East, taking place on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. 

    Check back soon for updates on all of these events taking place at Expo East 2019. More info available on the Organic at Expo East page of our website. 

    Trade Show Information: 

    September 11-14, 2019

    Baltimore Convention Center

    Baltimore, MD 

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 28,000 industry professionals and 1,900 exhibits t...
  • Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Fall Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Organic Trade Association Fall Board Meeting [In-Person]

    Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Fall Board Meeting will be taking place on September 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore, MD.

    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.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    September 11, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

    Baltimore, MD

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association Fall Board Meeting will be taking place on September 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. The meeting will be held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East in B...
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Anuga

    Anuga

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors at the show. With ten trade shows, an informative event program and the largest participation of exhibitors, 2019 is shaping up to be the number one event again.

    The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show for U.S. organic companies. If you are interested in participating, contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

    Trade Show Information:

    October 5-9, 2019

    Cologne, Germany

    Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000...
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place via phone conference on December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. 

    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.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. 

    Phone Conference 

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place via phone conference on December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.  The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full...

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