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USDA seeks comments on national Organic Check-off

After many years of organization-wide and industry-wide work, today brought an important milestone for the organic sector—this morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for the organic industry! Tomorrow, the 60-day public comment process will begin. The Organic Trade […]

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Proposed organic check-off garners media attention

USDA’s announcement of the proposed organic check-off has grabbed the attention of many media outlets today. In an Op-Ed in FoodTank, Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) urged others to support the GRO Organic campaign to make the check-off a reality. “EWG not only believes that organic farming can help feed the world, […]

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USDA approves new transitional certification program

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) this morning announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This announcement is an […]

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OTA responds to allegations of organic crop insurance fraud

On December 9, the Farm Journal published a piece by Chris Bennet entitled “Organic Crop Insurance Abuse Hide in Plain Sight.” In a rebuttal on behalf of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), OTA’s Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis submitted a response noting that some of the observations made by Bennet and his conclusions “make us […]

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Millennial parents the largest organic-buying group

According to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2016 Tracking Study, parents in the 18- to 34-yeer-old age range are now the largest group of organic buyers in the United States. Findings from the study, conducted online February 25 through March 4, showed Millennial parents are more aware of the […]

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Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies

At today’s Policy Conference, the Organic Trade Association released conclusive research that for the first time links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production—and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture—create real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. The recently completed White Paper, entitled “U.S. Organic Hotspots […]

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U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015

The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey. […]

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Updated proposal for Organic Check-off now posted

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service has officially posted the formally updated proposal for an organic research and promotion program submitted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) last week. The latest documents reflect changes that have come from continued outreach by OTA and the ideas from responses to the original proposal. They […]

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Get on board with GRO Organic

Expect a call tomorrow from OTA Board President Melissa Hughes who will be updating you on OTA’s Organic Check-Off effort, and urging you to get on board to add your name to the list of public supporters. If you haven’t already signed up as a public supporter, you will be encouraged to visit GROorganic.net or […]

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Last chance to save on #OrganicWeekDC registration!

Early bird registration for OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days ends this week. Take advantage of the special discount registration now and you’ll have a week full of advocacy and education to look forward to this Spring. This is your time to gather with colleagues and make a difference for organic. There are so […]

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