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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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  • Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Iowa Organic Conference

    Iowa Organic Conference

    Sunday, November 18, 2018 - 2:00pm to Monday, November 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

    The 2018 Iowa Organic Conference is taking place November 18-19, 2018 in Iowa City. The theme of the 2018 Conference is Building Soils and Society: Assuring Sustainability through Organic Farming. Click here for a full schedule of presentations.

    Megan DeBates, the Organic Trade Association's Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, alongside Roz Lehman from the Iowa Organic Association, will be presenting an Organic Trade and Farm Bill Update at the Conference on Monday, November 19 from 10:30am - 12:00pm. For more information, contact Megan DeBates

    Conference Information: 

    November 18-19, 2018

    Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa

    Iowa City, Iowa 

    The 2018 Iowa Organic Conference is taking place November 18-19, 2018 in Iowa City. The theme of the 2018 Conference is Building Soils and Society: Assuring Sustainability through Organic Farming...
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
    Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) Annual Membership Meeting

    Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) Annual Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 4:30pm to 7:00pm

    Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is the fifth largest organic certifier in the United States. The PCO Annual Membership Meeting will be taking place on November 28th, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    This year’s Membership Meeting is being held at the historic Match Factory Place in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania and will feature Organic Trade Association (OTA) Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, who will provide updates on OTA’s policy platform and priority initiatives, and host a discussion about the work of the OTA Farmers Advisory Council, of which PCO is a member. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

    Meeting Information:

    November 28th, 2018 | 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Match Factory Place

    Bellefonte, PA 

    Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is the fifth largest organic certifier in the United States. The PCO Annual Membership Meeting will be taking place on November 28th, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:...
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Winter Board Meeting Phone Conference will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 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 5, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

    Phone Conference

     

    Event Type: 
    The Winter Board Meeting Phone Conference will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 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...
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Montana Organic Association Conference

    Montana Organic Association Conference

    Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

    The 2018 Montana Organic Association Conference will be a gathering of diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to the consumer. They will come together to share their stories, learn from each other and confront the many challenges that face them at this time in history. The Conference will present more than 40 speakers over the three-day conference. 

    The Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking at the following sessions during the 2018 Montana Organic Association Conference. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

    2018 Farm Bill Panel – What’s at Stake?, (During Lunch), Friday, 11:45 AM – 12:35 PM
    Panelists: Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association;  Aaron Shier, Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union; Alyssa Charney, Senior Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition;  Alison Vergeront, Agriculture Liaison & Field Representative for Senator Daines; Jesse Anderson, Agriculture Liaison for Senator Tester

    Panelists will provide an update on 2018 Farm Bill negotiations. The House and Senate have both passed their respective drafts of the next farm bill and began working to negotiate the differences between the two bills, but the 2014 Farm Bill expired on September 30 without a new bill passed or an extension of current law. As farm bill negotiators continue to work to pass a new bill by the end of the year, there is a lot at stake for organic farmers and ranchers across the country. Panelists will include policy experts from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), National Farmers Union (NFU), and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), who will provide their analysis and insight regarding opportunities, challenges, and a path forward for the 2018 Farm Bill. The panel will also include presentations from the agriculture liaisons for Senator Daines and Senator Tester, who will speak to the importance of the next farm bill for Montana’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
     

    Policy Updates and Emerging Programs that Matter to Montana Organic Farmers, Saturday, 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM (2 sessions)
    Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
    Panelists include Doug Crabtree (Vilicus Farms), Kiki Hubbard (Organic Seed Alliance), and Anders Gurda (Pipeline Foods)

    Organic Trade Association (OTA) staff and representatives of OTA member community groups will present the highlights of OTA’s current policy platform and priority initiatives. Panelists will share stories of how OTA’s policy agenda supports, and is shaped by, organic farmers. Featured topics will include: promoting organic priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill; overcoming challenges in organic grain supply chains; continuous improvement of organic seed usage; and strengthening organic animal welfare regulations.
     

    Conference Information:

    December 6-8, 2018

    Mansfield Center

    Great Falls, Montana 

    The 2018 Montana Organic Association Conference will be a gathering of diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to...
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:00pm
    Organic Grower Summit

    Organic Grower Summit

    Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:00pm

    The Organic Grower Summit will be taking place December 12 - 13, 2018 in Monterey, CA. This conference brings together organic growers, farmers and producers for two days of education, information and networking with their production, supply chain and support service providers. 

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in a session titled, "Organic Data Dive: A Look at the Numbers Driving Decisions on the Farm" taking place on Thursday December 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The session will be moderated by Dan McGovern, editor of Sustainable Food News. Matt Lally of Neilson will provide an overview of current sales data on organic fresh produce and Laura Batcha will share the latest data trends in fresh organics. For more information, contact Cassandra Christine

    Conference Information:

    December 12 - 13, 2018

    Monterey Conference Center

    Monterey, CA

     

    The Organic Grower Summit will be taking place December 12 - 13, 2018 in Monterey, CA. This conference brings together organic growers, farmers and producers for two days of education, informatio...
  • Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:00am to Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Winter Fancy Food Show

    Winter Fancy Food Show

    Sunday, January 13, 2019 - 10:00am to Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The 44th Winter Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association, will take place January 13-15, 2019 in San Francisco. This show will feature 1,400+ exhibitors from around the globe promoting 80,000+ specialty foods and beverages.

    The Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, Membership and Development, Cassandra Christine, will be attending to walk the show floor. If you'd like to connect with us at Winter Fancy, contact Cassandra Christine

    Trade Show Information:

    January 13-15, 2019

    Mascone Center

    San Francisco, CA

    The 44th Winter Fancy Food Show, organized by the Specialty Food Association, will take place January 13-15, 2019 in San Francisco. This show will feature 1,400+ exhibitors from around the globe promo...
  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Sustainable Foods Summit

    Sustainable Foods Summit

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The next edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature plant-based foods, sustainable ingredients, and green marketing. The ninth North American edition of this executive summit will take place January 16-17, 2019 in San Francisco. With growing interest in plant-based alternatives to livestock products, the summit discusses the future direction of plant-based foods. 

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking at the Summit on a panel titled "Going Beyond Organic: Regenerative Agriculture". The panel will be lead by Jeff Moyer, Executive Director of Rodale Institute, and takes place Wednesday January 16 from 10:10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. For more information, contact Angela Jagiello.

    Summit Information:

    January 16-17, 2019

    Hotel San Francisco Financial District

    San Francisco, CA

    The next edition of the Sustainable Foods Summit will feature plant-based foods, sustainable ingredients, and green marketing. The ninth North American edition of this executive summit will take place...
  • 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 5:00 p.m.:

    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 ...
  • 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

    Shannon Allen Keynote
    Shannon will discuss how her passion for organic and concern for her family’s unique nutritional needs led her to launch grown™ an organic quick serve restaurant, with her husband, NBA All-Star Ray Allen. Throughout Ray’s 18-year NBA career, Shannon made sure that he ate the healthiest foods to help him maintain his edge and stay in peak physical condition. When the Allens’ middle son, Walker, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, Shannon’s zeal for providing healthful, nutritious food for her very busy family inspired her to open the nation’s first all organic fast food restaurant with a drive through. With the latest science about the health benefits of organic from The Organic Center, Allen will inspire you with her passion for nutritious food, and her vibrant entrepreneurial spirt.

    Athletes Embrace Organic
    With all the nutritional resources in the world available to them, many professional athletes are choosing organic, and many dieticians are advocating organic for their elite athlete clientele. In fact, a number of these individuals have felt so strongly about the value of organic that they go on to launch organic products after the conclusion of their athletic careers. Our panel will discuss athletes’ embrace of organic. Is this a trend? Why? What’s propelling it, and what barriers need to be overcome for the trend to expand?

    The Organic Center Presents: Breeding for Flavor
    Remarkable results are 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. Hear from cutting edge researchers about what they’ve been able to accomplish, and what we can look forward to in the future. The session will be moderated by Dr. Amber Sciligo, The Organic Center’s new Director of Science Programs. She will be joined by Erica Renaud, PhD., who manages organic seed and herbs in North America for Vitalis/Enza Zaden, USA.

    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.  

    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. In January, a new Congress will be sworn-in, giving participants 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 U.S. organic companies at the show. If you'd like to participate, complete your registration now!

    Sign-ups will be considered on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to new exhibitors. The registration fee is $600 for first time exhibitors and $1000 for return exhibitors. The deadline to sign up is October 10th.

    Registration includes the following:

    • Tabletop in OTA booth
    • 1 round trip economy transportation to and from Nuremburg, booked through OTA’s travel agent
    • Hotel stay for 1 for the duration of the activity
    • Fascia and counter graphics
    • Travel to and from the show daily via public transportation or shuttle [travel to and from the airport is at the participant's own expense]. 
    • 1 group dinner, and buyer dinner support

    For all USDA MAP programs, 51% or more of the products you promote must be 51% or made of U.S. produced ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  It’s the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for OTA activities. All exhibitors must complete OTA’s onsite evaluation and a 6 month follow-up evaluation.

    Disclaimer: Organic Trade Association participation at Biofach 2019 is subject to USDA MAP funding provided by the Farm Bill. Should funding not be released in time for participation at Biofach, your deposit will be refunded.

    For more information contact the Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

    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 U.S. organic companies at the show...
  • 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 Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, will be leading the following session at the Conference. Date and time of this presentation is TBA, check back for updates! For more information, contact Megan DeBates.  

    Farm Bill & Organic Policy in 2019
    Federal policy plays a critical role in supporting organic production systems, and with the process underway for enacting and implementing a new farm bill, now is the time to focus in on how to defend and strengthen key programs and policies that benefit organic producers. Additionally, transitioning to organic production remains a key barrier to meet the expanding organic demand, and now is the time to identify policy opportunities to address this gap. This workshop will provide an update from Washington, DC on the 2018-19 Farm Bill process, and dig into policies ranging from working lands conservation and crop insurance to research, certification cost share, and enhanced enforcement against fraudulent organic imports.  Policy experts will provide an update regarding the long and winding path to the 2018-19 farm bill. Come learn about key strategies and opportunities for grassroots outreach to engage and mobilize around critical organic wins as the farm bill process moves forward (or, as we work to implement the 2018 farm bill). In addition to digging into the specific programs that matter for organic producers, if the 2018 Farm Bill has not yet been passed, we will walk through the “marker bills” that have been introduced to advance critical organic priorities. Finally, the 116th Congress will be in place in early 2019, so this workshop will also cover the new and returning members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, with an eye to members of the Organic Caucus who will be instrumental for championing our organic priorities throughout the farm bill writing and implementation process. This workshop will also involve feedback from the audience regarding policy needs and options.

    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.

    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. 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...
  • 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.

    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...
  • 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 largest exhibition dedicated on food and drink across Japan and the whole world, taking place March 3-8 in Tokyo.  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.

    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:

    March 3-8, 2019

    Venue - Makuhari Messe

    Tokyo, Japan

     

    FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's largest exhibition dedicated on food and drink across Japan and the whole world, taking place March 3-8 in Tokyo.  Over the 4 days of the exhibition, about 85,000 buyer...
  • 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. 

    We’ve also got another fantastic organic dinner and networking event planned for Expo West. Shannon Allen will take the stage as the keynote speaker for The Organic Center’s 16th Annual Benefit in Anaheim on March 6, 2019. Shannon launched an organic fast food restaurant, grown™, in 2016 with her husband, 10x NBA All-Star and 2x NBA Champion Ray Allen. This benefit dinner is the biggest fundraising event for The Organic Center, and a guaranteed great night! It brings together hundreds of organic visionaries, activists and businesses to enjoy an all-organic feast and spotlight the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic food and farming. Working behind the scenes to raise funds, develop the evening’s program and ensure a successful and inspiring event is a volunteer Host Committee. Exclusive sponsorship opportunities are available now, contact The Organic Center for information on event sponsorship or donations while they last.

    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...
  • Monday, May 20, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, May 20, 2019 - 8:00am to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind. Save the date for Organic Week 2019 taking place May 20-23! 

    It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will all come together to advance organic policy priorities.

    It is a week of education and advocacy. Join discussions on federal policy issues critical to our nation’s nearly $50 billion organic sector. Take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities. Make a difference in Washington, D.C., and bring tools to advance organic back to your home state.

    It is an unforgettable experience. Through keynote speeches by national thought leaders, inspiring moments from the business sector, and intimate networking opportunities, you will experience the impact of the organic sector in one powerful week.

    Event Type: 
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind. Save the date for Organic Week 2019 taking place May 20-23!  It is a cele...
  • 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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