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Kim Dietz to lead Organic Trade Association Board

Kim Dietz of The J.M. Smucker Company has been elected President of the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors by her fellow Board members. Other officers announced at the trade association’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore yesterday afternoon are Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley as Vice President, Marci Zaroff of Under the Canopy/MetaWear as Secretary, and […]

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Today’s Millennial to be tomorrow’s organic parent

The Organic Trade Association today is releasing the findings of its latest survey on the organic attitudes of U.S. families. The new and expanded survey shows that Millennials are big buyers of organic, and that becoming a parent will only deepen the strong affinity for organic shared by this powerful generation. For the first time […]

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Organic Trade Association sues USDA

The Organic Trade Association yesterday announced it has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the agency’s delay in implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) regulation, more commonly known as the organic animal welfare regulation. The trade association is taking this legal action to ensure that the government […]

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Organic cuts ag contribution to climate change

A new groundbreaking study proves soils on organic farms store away appreciably larger amounts of carbons – and for longer periods — than typical agricultural soils. The important study, directed by Northeastern University in collaboration with The Organic Center, provides a new significant proof point that organic agricultural practices build healthy soils and can be […]

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Record number of companies vote in 2017 Board election

A record 37 percent of Organic Trade Association member companies voted in this year’s Board of Directors election, re-electing an incumbent and seating two new members to the Board. Kim Dietz, Senior Manager for Environmental, Natural and Organic Policy for The J.M. Smucker Company, was re-elected to serve a three-year term. Dietz, who has been […]

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Three change-makers to receive 2017 leadership awards

The Organic Trade Association has announced the three change-makers who have been selected to receive 2017 Organic Leadership Awards at an awards celebration dinner in September in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. Robert (Bob) Anderson of Sustainable Strategies LLC—Advisors in Food and Agriculture has been selected to receive the 2017 Growing the Organic Industry […]

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U.S. sales of organic products reach new record

U.S. sales of organic products totaled approximately $47 billion in 2016, reflecting new sales of almost $3.7 billion over sales in 2015, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey unveiled this morning at OTA’s 2017 Policy Conference. The $43 billion in organic food sales marked the first time the American organic food […]

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U.S. organic trade data released through 2016

Two years ago the Organic Trade Association released a watershed report that compiled, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the officially tracked organic food products sold by U.S. exporters and bought by U.S. importers. OTA has now updated this study, with researchers from Ohio State University and Penn State University, to analyze […]

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Just hours remain to comment!

We are hours away from the midnight deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the proposed organic research and promotion program. If you haven’t yet commented, please do so now. There is a fast and easy way to submit a comment to USDA supporting the Organic Check-off on GROorganic.net. You can also […]

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One week to comment on check-off

There is just a week—until next Wednesday, April 19—to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the proposed organic research and promotion program. Organic Trade Association staff are standing by to help you write a detailed comment on any of the many components of this unique Organic Check-off proposal  There is a fast and easy […]

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