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Organic panel discussion addresses supply

A workshop on “Scaling Up Organic” last week at EcoFarm was highlighted in a recent story from The Packer. Session panelists included Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of OTA, Ken Cook, President of the Environmental Working Group, and Mark Lipson a partner at Molino Creek Farming Collective and recent Organic and Sustainable Agriculture Policy […]

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Final chance to take part in member survey

Don’t miss out on sharing your thoughts with OTA in a short Membership Satisfaction Survey. The results will be used to help shape OTA’s strategic planning at its upcoming retreat in January. Your responses will be kept confidential, and there are only 15 questions to answer. Take the survey now. Respond anonymously, or share your […]

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Your thoughts are needed!

OTA is encouraging its members to take part in a short Membership Satisfaction Survey. The results will be used to help shape OTA’s strategic planning at its upcoming retreat in January. Your responses will be kept confidential, and answering the survey should only take a few minutes.  Take the survey now. Respond anonymously or share […]

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Celebration will be kick-off event at Expo East

Join us for OTA’s annual Organic Leadership Awards Celebration at the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD, September 16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. This epic celebration will host OTA’s annual membership meeting and toast three inspirational leaders—honorees who will receive the Growing the Organic Industry, Rising Star, and Organic Farmer of the Year […]

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Application filed today for an organic check-off

In an historic move, OTA, in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee, today formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to begin steps to conduct a vote on a research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry. The Executive Summary for the proposed organic check-off and full application are available to download. […]

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Thanks for pledging your support

OTA and COTA would like to thank the following companies who pledged their support for the OTA/COTA Annual Fund over the past few weeks: Wild Oats Foods LLC and Clif Bar & Company (the newest Leadership Circle members), Florida Crystals Corporation, Pacific Foods, Wegmans Food Markets Inc., Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods, UNFI Canada, Left Coast […]

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It’s not too late to contribute!

With the help of the investors listed above and others listed previously, we’ve raised over $970,000 for the OTA Annual Fund. We are only 3 percent away from our $1 million goal! It’s not too late to contribute. Please consider making your pledge today to support critical programs essential to the growth of the organic […]

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OTA’s 2015 Policy Conference a roaring success

A sold-out #OrganicWeekDC 2015 was held in Washington this past week. Here are a few of the highlights: Record-breaking attendance of more than 200 individuals from 100 distinct organizations representing every facet of the organic value chain A vibrant conference featuring U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT),  and many other thought-provoking […]

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Sales of U.S. organic products reach record $39.1 billion

Sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States set another record in 2014, reaching $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from 2013, according to top-line information from the Organic Trade Association’s 2015 Organic Industry Survey released this past week at OTA’s Policy Conference. Despite tight supplies of organic ingredients, organic food sales posted […]

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U.S. certified organic operations jump five percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the number of U.S. certified organic operations increased by more than five percent over the past year, to reach 19,474 businesses. Meanwhile, the global tally reached 27,814 operations certified to meet National Organic Standards. Since the count began in 2002, U.S. certified organic operation have increased […]

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