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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 Marni Karlin, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs / General Counsel, to make sure you’re connected to these information resources. 

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

The next NOSB meeting will take place April 19-21 in Denver, Colorado. The comment period is now open, with meeting proposals expected to be available next week. Organic stakeholders have until March 30 to submit written comments or sign up to give public comment at the meeting or during an April 13 webinar. During the in-person […]

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

In response to a request by the Organic Trade Association, USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) is extending the comment deadline by 60 days on its Draft Guidance on Calculating the Percentage of Organic Ingredients in Multi-Ingredient Products. The new deadline is April 7. The draft guidance clarifies the standards for calculating organic percentages for finished products, including products that […]

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) has extended the comment period for the 2017 Sunset Review Amendments to the National List proposed rule by 30 days to April 19. Consistent with the NOSB recommendations made to NOP in 2015, the proposed Sunset rule would remove 11 non-organic inputs from the National List for allowed use in organic production […]

Posted on Wednesday February 22, 2017

Registration is open for the Organic Trade Association’s Organic Week in Washington, D.C., May 22-25. The agenda will include The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit May 22-23, OTA Member Working Sessions May 23, OTA’s Policy Conference at the Newseum May 24, and OTA Advocacy Day May 25. During this week, OTA and its members will advocate […]

Posted on Wednesday February 15, 2017

Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, will hold a Farm Bill Educational Summit at the National Press Club on March 20. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will be one of the sponsors of the event, and OTA’s CEO Laura Batcha will be on a panel to talk about organic and the […]