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OTA issues a response to Washington Post analysis

In response to the “Monkey Cage” analysis by Jason Kuo published on May 22 in the Washington Post, the Organic Trade Association reiterates its original response to the May 13 story “The labels said ‘organic,’ but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t” and adds the following: It is a federal law that all […]

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Broadcasting live from OTA’s Policy Conference

Can’t make it to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Policy Conference in D.C. today? See and hear today’s main stage presentations by tuning in to the free live stream on www.ota.com. The conference today goes from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Here is the full conference schedule and keynote speaker line up! The live stream is […]

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OTA issues a response to Washington Post story

In response to a story in the Washington Post on May 1 by reporter Peter Whoriskey titled “Why your ‘organic’ milk may not be organic,” the Organic Trade Association issued a statement. The organic sector works every day to maintain the hard–earned trust of consumers. Adherence to the organic standards by organic operations, verification and […]

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Nearly three-quarters to our goal!

OTA’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $799,821 toward its $1 million goal. OTA extends a special thank you to Frontier Co-op, Global Organics, KeHE, and Whole Foods Market, who have gone above and beyond to provide Leadership Circle support in 2017. In addition, we thank the following for pledging their support to this year’s Annual […]

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Tell us your export promotion needs

The Organic Trade Association is currently writing its 2018 Market Access Program grant application. These funds go to promote U.S. produced organic exports. OTA wants your feedback on the types of activities you would like to see on the 2018 activity calendar. Take a few minutes to complete this survey.  Include as much detail as possible in […]

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Review OTA’s draft comments on removing Sunset inputs

The deadline to comment on the National Organic Program’s (NOP) proposal to remove several allowed non-organic inputs from the National List is Wednesday, April 19. The proposed Sunset rule would remove lignin sulfonate (floating agent in post-harvest handling), furosemide (livestock medical treatment), magnesium carbonate (allowed only in “made with” processed products) and the following non-organic ingredients allowed in organic processed products when commercially unavailable […]

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Comment countdown starts now

It’s really and truly now or never to weigh-in to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the proposed organic research and promotion proposal. Organic Trade Association staff are standing by to help you write a detailed comment on the Organic Check-off proposal. There is a fast and easy way to submit a comment to USDA supporting the Organic […]

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Imagine the possibilities

Imagine technical specialists on the ground in every state working with transitioning and existing organic farmers. Imagine educating the next generation of agricultural leaders about the benefits and opportunities of organic. Imagine a marketing slogan and well-funded promotional campaign such as “The Incredible Edible Egg” or “Got Milk?” that is focused on organic. You can […]

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The future of organic depends on it

We can either leave consumers guessing about what organic is, or we can come together to educate the public about what the organic seal really means. We can be solely dependent on others for research dollars to help solve industry challenges, or we can generate a pool of funds to help ourselves. We can struggle […]

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More than two-thirds towards our goal

OTA’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $744,274 toward the $1 million goal. OTA extends a special thank you to Honest Tea, which has gone above and beyond to provide Leadership Circle support in 2017. In addition, we thank the following for pledging their early support to this year’s Annual Fund: Cascade Specialties, Chino Valley Ranchers, […]

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