Archive | Government Affairs & Policy RSS feed for this section

Comment deadline for GMO labeling standard is Friday

There are still two days left to provide comments to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on 30 questions concerning labeling for genetic engineering on products. The Organic Trade Association already submitted its final comments in July before the agency extended the deadline to August 25. The questions provide the organic sector with an important opportunity to […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Farm Bill listening sessions continue

The Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team has been busy helping its members prepare remarks for Farm Bill listening sessions that have been taking place, and very much appreciates those who have taken time to do so. Our members have been hitting the road to go to bat for organic at the House Agriculture Committee […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Engage with your representatives during recess

The pace sometimes slows down a bit during August with Congress on break through Labor Day. This is a perfect opportunity for you to engage with your representatives by inviting them for a farm or facility visit, or visiting them at their district office. Connect with your representatives to support OTA’s Farm Bill priorities. Tell them […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

NAFTA first round of talks underway

Negotiators for Canada, Mexico, and the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for the first round of talks concerning modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The meetings began today and are set to run through Sunday. The Organic Trade Association has submitted comments to the record, and provided testimony last month […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Comment deadline for GMO labeling standard is Aug. 25

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service extended the deadline to August 25 for stakeholders to provide feedback on 30 questions posted by the agency concerning developing labeling for genetic engineering on products. The Organic Trade Association already submitted its final comments in time for the original July 17 deadline. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer included […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Looking ahead to the fall NOSB meeting

The comment period for the upcoming fall National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting is currently open, and the public can submit either written or oral comments at this time. Visit the meeting website for materials related to the October 31-November 2 meeting in Jacksonville, FL. The NOSB proposals will be posted on or around September […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Organic Week in D.C. 2018 dates + new venue announced!

Mark your calendars now to join us for a “can’t miss” week of organic education and advocacy May 21-24, 2018! For more than a hundred years, The National Press Club has hosted Presidents, Kings, Cabinet Secretaries, and countless celebrities for high-profile meetings in our Nation’s capital. Now it is our turn. Organic executives, farmers, and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Farm Bill listening sessions continue

San Angelo (Texas), Morgan (Minnesota) and Modesto (California) Farm Bill Listening Sessions are in the history books, while others are on the horizon. The Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team has been busy helping its members prepare remarks, and very much appreciates those that have taken time to wave the organic flag! OTA members have […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Rep. Ann Kuster introduces organic farming bill

Congresswoman Ann Kuster (D-NH) has introduced a bill designed to help farmers transition to organic agriculture and boost domestic production of organic products to reduce dependence on imports. Referred to the House Committee on Agriculture, the Homegrown Organic Act of 2017 would modify three existing conservation programs to incentivize farmers who wish to transition to […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Engage with your representatives during recess

The pace sometimes slows down a bit during August when Congress breaks through Labor Day. This is a perfect opportunity for you to engage with your representatives by inviting them for a farm or facility visit, or visiting them at their district office. Connect with your representatives to support OTA’s Farm Bill priorities. Tell them how […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }