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Early bird registration for OTA’s Policy Conference

Be a part of OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days May 21-22, 2014 in Washington, D.C. The special discount registration fee of $349 ends in less than one week. In addition to saving $50 off your conference registration, there are so many reasons to register now. A full day of compelling presentations by Members [...]

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New York Times features organic strides in the Farm Bill

A The New York Times article titled “Farm Bill Reflects Shifting American Menu and a Senator’s Persistent Tilling” reports how the new Farm Bill reflects more provisions for specialty crops, including organic. The determination of Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan in shepherding the final bill through Congress is specifically highlighted.

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Politico cites OTA on agricultural coexistence

On Monday morning, OTA’s comments were highlighted in an article entitled “OTA to USDA: Enforce regulations” which ran in Politico. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Federal Register notice in November to solicit public comments to its Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) concerning recommendations from USDA’s Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture (AC21) [...]

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Mark your calendars for Expo West

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center will provide a number of opportunities to connect at Natural Products Expo West. Check out the full schedule of activities here and make sure to visit us in Booth 2510.

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The power of a collective research & promotion program

Now that Congress has passed the 2014 Farm Bill, it’s time for the organic sector to officially consider whether an Organic Research and Promotion Program will be in our future. Join OTA for a panel discussion reviewing the options for a program framework on Friday, March 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Anaheim [...]

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A few tickets available for The Organic Center’s VIP Dinner

Join supporters of The Organic Center at its 11th Annual VIP Dinner this Friday, March 7, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim. This event will celebrate the work of The Center over the past year, and will highlight The Center’s vision for the future. In addition, Dr. Charles Benbrook will be honored [...]

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House passes Farm Bill, Senate to act today

On Jan. 29, the House of Representatives passed the Agricultural Act of 2014 by a vote of 251-166, sending it to the Senate for its consideration.  A bipartisan coalition of 162 Republicans and 89 Democrats supported the bill, which includes a number of priorities that OTA has been working hard to advance over the past [...]

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Farm Bill now on route for congressional approval

On Monday evening, the Farm Bill Conference Committee released the Agricultural Act of 2014 (“Conference Report”), sending a compromise Farm Bill to the House and Senate for final passage and creating a path to presidential signature. Recognizing the growing importance of the organic sector to U.S. agriculture, it authorizes monies and mandates policy changes that [...]

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HACCP for the Organic Professional offered this March

OTA and NSF’s Training and Education Division will offer their HACCP for the Organic Professional course in Sacramento, CA, March 10-12. The two-and-a-half-day class will provide instruction in the seven principles of HACCP, how they relate to prerequisite and organic certification programs, how to write and implement HACCP plans in organic food environments. The course [...]

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Laura Batcha named OTA’s new CEO/Executive Director

OTA today announced that it has appointed seasoned organic professional Laura Batcha as its new CEO/Executive Director. Batcha, who is now on board as the fourth executive director in the association’s 29-year history, most recently served as OTA’s Executive Vice President and Interim Co-Executive Director. She originally joined the OTA staff in early 2008 as [...]

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