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2017 Keynote Speeches

The Organic Trade Association's 2017 Policy Conference keynote speakers included a number of industry leaders and government officials who shares their perspectives on the critical issues confronting U.S. agriculture and its growing organic sector. Videos are also available on OTA's YouTube channel

Melissa Hughes, OTA Board President

State of the Organic Industry
Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Director / CEO

Good Food for All – Getting to 200 organic farms in Georgia 
Alice Rolls, Executive Director Georgia Organics

The Honorable Jimmy Panetta
U.S. House of Representatives (CA-20)


Organic preference defies demographic markers   
Cary Funk, Associate Director, Research. Pew Research 

The Honorable John Faso 
U.S. House of Representatives (NY-19)


Jayson Werth, Outfielder 
Washington Nationals

Farm Bill Q&A
Kathleen Merrigan  

The Honorable Tim Ryan 
U.S. House of Representatives (OH-13)   


Ray Starling
Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance 



Angela Jagiello
Associate Director, Conference and Product Development 
(802) 275-3831