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Member Day Meetings

OTA Members, Join us for Member Day!
Tuesday, May 23 during 
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Hall of the States / 444 N. Capitol St NW / Washington, D.C.

Before OTA’s Policy Conference kicks off on Wednesday, trade association members will gather to advance work on a wide range of topics. Will you be there to be part of the conversation? Schedules and timing are being finalized, but you won’t want to miss the opportunity to connect in your area of interest.
 
Member Day is a free Organic Week D.C. event and registration is not required, but do let us know if you plan to attend.
 

MEMBER DAY MEETING SCHEDULE

* = Invitation Only. All meetings are located at OTA Headquarters // Hall of the States // 444 North Capitol St. NW // Washington, D.C. unless otherwise indicated

TIME

MEETING

LOCATION

7:00 - 9:00am  Loop the Lincoln  Convenes at 3rd ST SW  & Jefferson 
9:00am - 3:00pm OTA Board of Directors' Meeting Room 231
9:30 - 11:00am Dietary Supplements Council Meeting* Room 338
10:00 - 11:00am Taiwan POE Challenges & Solutions Room 337 A/B
10:00 - 11:00am Team Leader Bootcamp* Room 383/385
11:00am - 12:00pm Mexico Task Force* Room 337 A/B
11:00am - 12:00pm Hill Visits 101 Room 383/385
11:30am - 1:00pm Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council* USDA building, 1-210 
12:00 - 2:00pm  Lunch Available Room 285
1:00 - 2:00pm Organic MATCHMAKING: a Member Discussion Room 337 A/B
3:00 - 4:30pm Farmers Advisory Council Summit* Room 381
3:00 - 4:00pm Trade, Technology, and Oversight: a Member Discussion Room 237 A/B
4:15 - 5:15pm Member Meeting Room 285
5:30pm Capitol Hill Reception Hall of the States, The Capitol View at 400

OTA BOARD OF DIRECTORS' MEETING

9:00am - 3:00pm

All members are welcome to attend, except during executive session. Contact Stephanie Jerger if you are interested in attending.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Team Leader Bootcamp*
OTA member assigned Team Leaders for Hill visits will take a deep dive into policy asks and best practices for effective hill visits. Open to Hill Visit team leaders only.

Hill Visit 101
OTA Policy Conference attendees are invited to a Hill Visit Prep Session to help them prepare for visits with members of Congress and their staff on Thursday, May 25, as part of OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. All are welcome. 

Contact Kelley Poole if you're interested in attending Government Affairs member day meetings. 


SECTOR COUNCILS


Farmers’ Advisory Council*
OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) will convene its 4th annual summit at a FAC member-only meeting. FAC will discuss ideas for expanding its network, maintaining momentum in tackling issues organic farmers face, and increasing its participation in OTA’s governance and policy agenda.  FAC will also work to refine its input into OTA's 2018 Farm Bill platform and identify ways FAC, and its individual members and organizations, can contribute to the success of organic in this Farm Bill cycle.   FAC provides the OTA board of Directors and staff with input from organic farmers and ranchers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda. For more information on FAC, please contact Nathaniel LewisBy invitation only.

Grain, Pulse and Oilseed Council*
OTA’s Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council will hear an update on the activities of the US Organic Grains Collaborative, a pre-competitive collaborative effort of OTA members focused on increasing the domestic supply of organic grain, and participate in strategic planning for the future of the project.  Additional topics to be covered at this meeting will include updates and discussion on transitional certification for grains and organic grain imports.  The Grain, Paulse, and Oilseed council serves as a forum for the industry to address issues pertaining to organic grain, pulses, and oilseeds, and allows the many OTA members who depend on these ingredients to contribute to problem-solving. If you are interested in attending the meeting or in joining OTA's Grain, Pulse, and Oilseed Council please contact Nathaniel LewisBy invitation only.

Dietary Supplements Council*
OTA's Dietary Supplements Council will meet to discuss ideas for expanding its network, creating industry and consumer focused fact sheets that help promote the use and development of organic supplements, and increasing its involvement with the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). OTA’s Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs will also provide an update on the outcome of NOSB's spring meeting and potential impacts to the organic supplements sector. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 23 from 9:30am - 11:00am. The aim of the council is to provide a forum for discussing issues, challenges and opportunities related to this industry. If you are interested in attending the meeting or in joining OTA's Dietary Supplements Council please contact Gwendolyn WyardBy invitation only.


INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Certifiers & Taiwan
Taiwan is the fourth largest importer of certified organic product from the United States.  However, procedures at the port of entry in Taiwan are hindering trade.  OTA submitted a TASC grant to help better understand and resolve this issue.  Please join this session to comment on project strategy and desired outputs from this work. All are welcome. 

Mexico Task Force*
USDA is actively pursuing equivalency discussions with Mexico.  OTA has presented the task force critical areas of consideration on multiple occasions in person.  We would like to provide an update on our efforts and gather information you would like to share with the USDA. By invitation only.

Trade, Technology, and Oversight: a Member Discussion
Help set the international trade priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill and beyond. If you export or import, it’s likely you‘ve had a conversation recently about trade, compliance, technology, and oversight. Come learn about OTA’s international trade platform for the 2018 Farm Bill and take part in a discussion focused on the same.  This is a moderated discussion with questions shared in advance. All are welcome. 

Contact Monique Marez if you're interested in attending International Affairs member day meetings. 


MEMBER BUSINESS MEETINGS

Organic MATCHMAKING: a Member Discussion
OTA staff often receive emails from members looking for suppliers or buyers for certified organic products.  There is a lot of potential for members to do business with each other however; we do not want to share your personal contact information with just anyone.  Please join this session to brainstorm the best way for OTA to match make among members!  Ideas to discuss include classified section of the FLASH, an online solution, and any ideas you might have!  Help us help you! All are welcome. 
 
OTA Member Meeting
After a full day of working meetings, OTA’s sector councils, task forces, and working groups will report to the Board on the outcomes from the day's work. The Board of Directors will also briefly update the membership on their quarterly meeting and open it up for questions and discussion. This Meeting is open to all members and all Policy Conference attendees are encouraged to attend. Contact Tessa Young for more information. All are welcome. 
 
Help us get a head count! There is NO COST to attend OTA Member Day and Organic Week D.C. registration is not required. However, RSVP to OTA and let us know which meetings you would like to attend.
 

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Contact

Tracy Campany
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632

 

 
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