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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, June 25, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
    IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo

    IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo

    Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 10:00am to Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo will take place in Las Vegas, NV, June 25-28, 2017. The Organic Trade Association will be attending and presenting in a session titled "Developing Organic and Natural Ingredients for Use in Organic Products." Attendees will learn about several approaching regulatory changes to the USDA organic regulations on the use of natural flavors, colors, carrageenan and celery powder and gain an appreciation of the market opportunity available for food technologists who specialize in creating organic and natural alternatives. The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, June 28, 10:30am-12:00pm. Speakers include Kim Dietz, Senior Manager of Environmental, Natural and Organic with J.M. Smucker Co., Steve Pierce, CEO of Ribus Inc., Tony Moore, Chief Flavorist at Flavor Producers, and Erin Silva, Assistant Professor with University of Wisconsin-Madison. The session will be moderated by OTA's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs.

    The IFT 2017 Annual Meeting and Food Expo will take place in Las Vegas, NV, June 25-28, 2017. The Organic Trade Association will be attending and presenting in a session titled "De...
  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Organic Produce Summit

    Organic Produce Summit

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    The second annual Organic Produce Summit is July 12-13 at the Monterrey Conference Center in Monterrey, CA. Retail buying organizations from across North America will meet with growers, shippers, processors and distributors in this intimate and energetic event devoted exclusively to organic fresh produce. Following the sold-out inaugural OPS this past July, the 2017 Organic Produce Summit promises to be a can’t miss opportunity to see organic production first hand, learn from insightful and innovative presenters, and network with leaders on the buying and production segments of this growing industry.

     
     
     
    The second annual Organic Produce Summit is July 12-13 at the Monterrey Conference Center in Monterrey, CA. Retail buying organizations from across North America will meet with growers, ship...
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
    Texas A&M AgriLife Research Rice Field Day

    Texas A&M AgriLife Research Rice Field Day

    Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 2:00pm

    The Organic Center will be presenting at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Rice Field Day on July 13, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas.  The afternoon will feature information about our organic rice program, with the objectives of providing updated information about organic rice production and management, reporting on the progress of our project, and getting input from our stakeholder advisory board.  We’ll also be giving an organic rice field tour to talk about disease control, nutrient management, insect control, and variety performance.  Field tours will be followed by an organic rice workshop and an advisory board meeting for our project.  The workshop will cover disease management and research updates from Texas, information about nutrients and agronomy, weed management, insect management, updates from Arkansas and South Carolina, details about our outreach program (including this website!), an update on our cost-benefit analysis and plenty of time for questions.

    The Organic Center will be presenting at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Rice Field Day on July 13, 2017 in Beaumont, Texas.  The afternoon will feature information about our organic rice pro...
  • Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:00pm
    The Organic Center at Good Earth

    The Organic Center at Good Earth

    Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 3:00pm

    The Organic Center will provide a workshop for Good Earth employees showcasing studies on the impacts of organic food and farming on human and environmental health, and highlighting projects conducted by the Center in those areas. Contact Jessica Shade to learn more.

    The Organic Center will provide a workshop for Good Earth employees showcasing studies on the impacts of organic food and farming on human and environmental health, and highlighting projects conducted...
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:45pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:45pm
    ICOA Annual Meeting

    ICOA Annual Meeting

    Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:45pm to Friday, July 21, 2017 - 7:45pm

    The Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA), which comprises the organic competent authorities of countries of the Americas, is holding its Annual Meeting from July 15 – 21 in Portland Oregon. In June 2008, the ministers of agriculture of the western hemisphere created the ICOA for the purpose of contributing to the further development of organic agriculture in their countries and facilitating trade of organic produce.  ICOA is a sub group of Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) supporting cooperation on agriculture in the Americas since 1942.  OTA is honored to plan and host this meeting. Thursday, July 20, is an open to the public day where guests will learn about organic in the Americas and hear from industry experts on growing organic in the western hemisphere.  For information or to RSVP please contact Monique Marez.

     

     

    The Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA), which comprises the organic competent authorities of countries of the Americas, is holding its Annual Meeting from July 15 – 2...
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 2:45pm to Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:45pm
    Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo

    Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 2:45pm to Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:45pm

    The Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo Japan. OTA will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certified organic farm outside of Tokyo for an organic 101 bootcamp.  Journalists will learn about organic agriculture principles, regulations, markets, and trends.  They will experience first-hand the benefits of organic and share the experience with their readers.  Immediately following OTA will participate in the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo in Tokyo; highlighting USDA organic products to a curious Japanese market.  Did you know Japan is the third largest export destination for US organic products?  For more information on these activities please contact Monique Marez.

     

     

    The Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo Japan. OTA will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certif...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm
    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 16, 2017. This exciting week in Baltimore serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. From our our annual Membership Meeting to the All Things Organic conference series, we look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events again during Expo East 2017. 

    Check out our full schedule of activities   

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday,...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    OTA's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together to honor the 2017 Leadership Award winners. We will also host OTA’s annual membership meeting. If you are looking for a fun and memorable way to kick off Natural Products Expo East, then you won’t want to miss this incredible night.

    Registration will open in 2017. 

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    OTA's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together to honor the 2...
  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:45pm to Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:45pm
    Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour

    Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:45pm to Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:45pm

    The Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour led by FiBl and IFOAM E.U. will be held September 21-22, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine. Ukraine is quickly becoming a major exporter of organic products especially feed grains for livestock.  This conference and tour will address organic supply chain integrity.  Representatives from the National Organic Program, Organic Trade Assocation, and U.S. industry are welcome to participate. The full agenda is now available. Please contact Monique Marez to learn more.

    The Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour led by FiBl and IFOAM E.U. will be held September 21-22, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine. Ukraine is quickly becoming a major exporter of organic products especially...
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:45pm
    Organic Food Day: Finland

    Organic Food Day: Finland

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:45pm

    Finland's Organic Food Day will be held October 5, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The Organic Trade Assoiation will speak at the event to deliver comments on the challenges, trends, and successes of the U.S. organic industry. Contact Monique Marez to learn more. 

    Finland's Organic Food Day will be held October 5, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The Organic Trade Assoiation will speak at the event to deliver comments on the challenges, trends, and successes of the U...
  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm
    ANUGA

    ANUGA

    Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm

    ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. OTA will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga in the Organic Hall.  The OTA participant package includes 1 round trip flight, 1 hotel room for the duration of the show, 1m tabletop space, and signage at the show. In order to qualify you must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume.  Contact Monique Marez if you are interested.

     

     

    ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. OTA will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga i...
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm
    Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

    Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm

    OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will include a market briefing, retail tours, and 1:1 meetings with pre-qualified buyers all pre-arranged by OTA.  For more information please contact Monique Marez.

    OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will inclu...
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. A more detailed agenda and the meeting materials will be available on or before September 12. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

    For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    Omni Jacksonville
    Jacksonville, FL
     

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through No...
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm
    IFOAM World Congress

    IFOAM World Congress

    Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm

    The IFOAM World Congress will be held November 9 – 11, 2017 in New Dheli, India. Several members of the Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) community will speak at the event. This gathering happens once every three years and is a meeting point for organic stakeholders worldwide. OTA will speak during 5 unique sessions at the congress.  For more information visit: https://owc.ifoam.bio/2017 or contact Monique Marez to learn more.

    The IFOAM World Congress will be held November 9 – 11, 2017 in New Dheli, India. Several members of the Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) community will speak at the event. This gathering happens once ...

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