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Nominate organic leaders, game changes, and innovators

The Organic Trade Association is now accepting nominates for its annual prestigious Organic Leadership Awards, which recognize organic individuals who have made a significant difference to organic agriculture, industry and trade. For 2017, the Award categories will once again be Growing the Organic Industry, Organic Farmer of the Year, and Rising Star. Think about the […]

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Everything you need to submit a check-off comment

The March 20 comment deadline is quickly approaching for the proposed GRO Organic Check-off proposal published by USDA in the Federal Register earlier this year. USDA needs to hear from stakeholders about the merits of the proposal and the desire of the sector to move expediently towards a final rule and industry-wide vote. OTA staff is ready to work with you […]

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Doug Crabtree calls proposal “transformative”

Doug Crabtree, who with his wife Anna farms over 5,000 acres organically in northern Hill County, Montana, calls the organic check-off proposal “a transformative opportunity” for the organic sector. He envisions that such a program will raise up to $30 million each year to re-invest in the organic sector, and will help facilitate active organic […]

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In case you missed it

Organic Valley’s management and Board of Directors have issued a press release in support of the proposed GRO Organic check-off proposal. “A self-funded promotion program for all involved in organic is a natural step toward building a strong marketplace for more farmers and consumers. Investing in our movement is just smart business,” said Organic Valley CEO George […]

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Submit a public comment on the check-off proposal

After many years of discussion, there is a proposed research and promotion check-off program designed just for organic. Now it is time for organic stakeholders to weigh-in to USDA with a comment on this game-changing initiative. Please support this progressive proposal to advance organic. There is a fast and easy way to submit a comment […]

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Proposal is progressive step to advance organic

The announced organic check-off proposal includes meaningful reforms from older check-offs. Here are some of the details that show positive reform: Check-off Board would consist of 50 percent producers, 50 percent handlers. Organic producers will select regional representatives through balloting. Every certificate holder subject to an assessment will have a direct vote. Farmers and handlers […]

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Melody Meyer urges support for organic check-off

Melody Meyer of UNFI and an Organic Trade Association Board member has authored an article entitled “How (and why) to make a comment on the organic check-off program” published by New Hope Network. Outlining the importance of such a program, Meyer writes, “I support an agricultural production method that protects our soils, waters, our farmers […]

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Grace Gershuny shares her perspective on SANET list

Grace Gershuny of GAIA Services, a long-time advocate of organic who was among the founders of the Organic Trade Association in the 1980s, has shared her review of the proposed organic check-off with participants of “SANET” on Google Groups in a blog entitled “The organic check-off debate—Are you at the table or on the menu?” […]

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Submit a public comment on the check-off proposal

After many years of discussion, there is a proposed research and promotion check-off program designed just for organic. Now it’s time for organic stakeholders to weigh-in to USDA with a comment on this game-changing initiative. The future of organic depends on it. We can either leave consumers guessing about what organic is, or we can […]

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Organic Valley leadership welcomes check-off proposal

Organic Valley’s management and Board of Directors have issued a press release in support of the proposed GRO Organic check-off proposal. “A self-funded promotion program for all involved in organic is a natural step toward building a strong marketplace for more farmers and consumers. Investing in our movement is just smart business,” said Organic Valley […]

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