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OTA is known and respected on Capitol Hill as the voice for the organic business community. On behalf of our members, we negotiate and deliver industry recommendations, positions, and concerns to policymakers and regulators. Each week we update members about our public policy work through the News Flash e-newsletter and the Government Affairs Forum. Contact Kelley Poole, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs / General Counsel, to make sure you’re connected to these information resources. 

Posted on Tuesday May 23, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least six months, and has published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. The comment period to give feedback on these options […]

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017

This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least another six months, from May 19 until November 14, and published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. In […]

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center, on Tuesday, applauded Representatives Chellie Pingree  (D-ME), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) for introducing the Organic Research Act of 2017, which invests in the Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to meet the needs of the growing organic sector. The Organic […]

Posted on Tuesday May 16, 2017

Next week is the Organic Trade Association’s  2017 Policy Conference. From policymakers to those passionately involved in organic operations, this premier organic advocacy event has something for everyone. The program will feature such speakers as Jayson Werth (an MLB All-Star and World Series Champion and organic farmer), Members of Congress from both sides of the […]

Posted on Wednesday May 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today published two notices in the Federal Register to postpone the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Production (OLPP) final rule past its May 19 date and to open comments for the next 30 days, until June 9, to consider four possible options on how to proceed: […]

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