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Draft NOSB comments available for member review

The written comment period for the spring 2017 National Organic Standards Board meeting, and the deadline to sign up for oral comments, ends this Thursday, March 30. The Organic Trade Association’s draft comments are now published online for member input. Please submit any feedback by the end of today to Gwendolyn Wyard or Nathaniel Lewis. We encourage you to participate in […]

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Your turn to take organic to D.C.

Groups that are able to communicate the importance of their programs have the upper hand as the budget process unfolds in Washington, D.C. Many interests compete for limited resources, so the Organic Trade Association is calling on you to help deliver a message that resonates within the halls of Congress. Earlier this month, President Trump […]

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A day dedicated to member communities

OTA will host a full day of member meetings and trade association business in conjunction with its annual Policy Conference. OTA’s Board of Directors and many of its task forces, sector councils and working groups will convene at the Hall of the States on Tuesday, May 23. You don’t have to be registered for Policy Conference to […]

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Organic at the table during Agri-Pulse Farm Bill Summit

Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, held a standing-room-only Farm Bill educational summit at the National Press Club in D.C. on Monday. More than 400 D.C. food and agricultural influencers and stakeholders came to hear key congressional staffers and policymakers who will be directly involved in the creation of the […]

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Comments due next week for spring NOSB meeting

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this past Friday finally released theproposals and discussion documents for the spring 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting  April 19-21 in Denver, CO.  The deadline to submit comments and sign up for oral comments either for the April 13 webinar or at the April 19-20 meeting continues to be Thursday, March […]

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There’s still time to weigh-in on Sunset Surveys

The spring NOSB meeting will begin the 2019 Sunset Review of several fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments and non-organic ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. It is critical that NOSB hear from certified farmers and handlers prior to the spring meeting on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other […]

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USDA announces renewal of 187 substances

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week announced the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. These substances are allowed in organic crop and livestock production and organic handling/processing and must be reviewed every five years by the National Organic Standards Board […]

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Only 3 days left for Policy Conference early bird price

Special discount registration fee of $495 ends this Friday, March 24, for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. In addition to saving $55 off your conference registration, there are so many reasons to register now: A full day of compelling presentations by Members of Congress, agency leaders, and other inspiring organic stakeholders Updates […]

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100 words on Farm Bill

The Organic Trade Association’s profile in D.C. is growing every day. The latest example of our increased reach to top policy and decision makers is the contribution by OTA’s Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha to Story Partner’s recent Washington 100. Covering the latest on politics, business and culture in the nation’s capital, this publication […]

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Take part in NOSB Sunset Surveys

The tentative agenda for spring 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting (April 19-21 in Denver, CO) is posted. This meeting will begin the 2019 Sunset Review of several fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments and non-organic ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. The allowance of these inputs may not be renewed if new information indicates they are no […]

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