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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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  • Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind.

    • It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Everyone from small organic producers to major growers, from family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, from 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.

    The week's activities include:

    Monday (all day) + Tuesday (morning), May 21-22
    The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit at USDA 

    Tuesday (afternoon), May 22
    Organic Trade Association's Member Meetings + Workshop at The Hall of the States

    Wednesday, May 23
    Organic Trade Association's Hill Visits Day on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, May 24
    Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference at the historic National Press Club

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit (May 21- 22) is colocated with The Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference and Hill Visits Day (May 23-24)  

     
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    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind. It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Everyone from small organi...
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:00pm
    American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Policy & Leadership Development Conference

    American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Policy & Leadership Development Conference

    Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

    The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Policy & Leadership Development Conference will be taking place June 9-13, 2018 in Washington, D.C. 

    Education, debate and advocacy are on the agenda each June at ASTA's annual conference. Attendees focus on science and policy issues related to the development and free movement of quality seed worldwide. Review the full conference agenda here. 

    Laura Batcha, CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association, will speak at the Conference as part of the "Building Bridges for Organic Seed" session held on Monday, June 11 from 4:00pm-5:00pm at the Grand Hyatt Washington. 

    Conference Information:

    June 9-13, 2018

    Grand Hyatt Washington

    Washington, D.C. 

    The American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) Policy & Leadership Development Conference will be taking place June 9-13, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  Education, debate and advocacy are on the agen...
  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
    PA Seminar - The Challenges Facing EU-U.S. Organic Trade

    PA Seminar - The Challenges Facing EU-U.S. Organic Trade

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

    The European Union, the Organic Trade Association, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and PASA, a Pennsylvania-based Sustainable Agriculture Association invite you to a round table discussion on EU and U.S. organic production. Join us to discuss the challenges facing the organic sector in Europe and America; to ensure the quality of our products and how the controls are implemented for the benefit of consumers. The event will conclude with an organic lunch. 

    Welcome address by Hannah Smith-Brubaker, Executive Director, PASA, a Pennsylvania-based Sustainable Agriculture Association, followed by a round table featuring:

    • Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

    • Nicolas Verlet, Director for Organics, Department of Agriculture, European Union

    • Monique Marez, Director, International Trade, the Organic Trade Association 

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

     

    Seminar Information:

    Tuesday, June 12, 2018

    9:30am - 12:00pm, followed by lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Hyatt Place State College

    219 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801

     

    For more information contact Monique Marez, the Organic Trade Association's Director of International Trade.

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    The European Union, the Organic Trade Association, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and PASA, a Pennsylvania-based Sustainable Agriculture Association invite you to a round table discussion on EU and U...
  • Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm
    WI Seminar - The Challenges Facing EU-U.S. Organic Trade

    WI Seminar - The Challenges Facing EU-U.S. Organic Trade

    Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 1:00pm

    The European Union, the Organic Trade Association, and Organic Valley invite you to a round table discussion on EU and U.S. organic production. Join us to discuss the challenges facing the organic sector in Europe and America; to ensure the quality of our products and how the controls are implemented for the benefit of consumers.

    Welcome address by Sheila Harsdorf, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (invited) followed by a round table featuring:

    • Nicolas Verlet, Director for Organics, Department of Agriculture, European Union

    • Monique Marez, Director, International Trade, the Organic Trade Association

    • Dan Mosgaller, International Pool Development Coordinator, CROPP Cooperative, Organic Valley

    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

     

    Seminar Information: 

    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    9:30am - 12:00pm, followed by lunch from 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Wisconsin State Senate

    Room 411 South, 2 E Main St, Madison, WI 53703

     

    For more information contact Monique Marez, the Organic Trade Association's Director of International Trade.

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    The European Union, the Organic Trade Association, and Organic Valley invite you to a round table discussion on EU and U.S. organic production. Join us to discuss the challenges facing the organic sec...
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
    2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference

    2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm

    The 2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference will be taking place July 21-24 in Minneapolis, MN. 

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be presenting a session at the Conference titled "The Strength of the USDA Label", taking place on Sunday, July 22, from 1:15pm - 2:45pm. 

    In this session, you will learn about critical organic topics, their status, and what’s being done to ensure that our hard-built standards and consumer trust will continue to thrive. Retailers will receive information and resources to help keep you and your shoppers better informed so we can all engage and continue to grow organic. USDA organic is the culmination of over 30 years of work. It was built by a coalition of organic farmers, handlers, consumers, animal welfare and environmental organizations that recognized the need for one common federal standard to ensure consistency, build consumer trust and allow the sector to flourish. To date, the organic label remains the only regulated eco-claim in the marketplace with third-party certification, federal oversight and enforcement and it continues to be the fastest- growing sector in agriculture. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations and a marketplace drawn to shiny new add-on labels, retailers are bound to have questions. Attend this session and learn more! 

    Conference Information:

    July 21-24, 2018

    Minneapolis, MN

    The 2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference will be taking place July 21-24 in Minneapolis, MN.  Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulato...
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

    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.

    The Organic Trade Association will exhibit at Natural Products Expo East, booth #1211, and organize the All Things Organic Conference at the show. On September 12th, The Organic Trade Association will also host a Board Meeting, Annual Membership Meeting, and Annual Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, MD. Click here for more information on these events!

    Trade Show Information: 

    September 12-15, 2018

    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 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

    Organic Trade Association'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 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.

    Learn more  

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    Organic Trade Association'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 ...
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
    SIAL Paris

    SIAL Paris

    Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not only the European Union but also from the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    The Organic Trade Association will have a booth at SIAL Paris, and will also host 7 organic companies in shared booth space at the OTA booth. For more information contact Monique Marez.

    Trade Show Information: 

    October 21-25, 2018

    Paris, France

     

     

     

    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not on...

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