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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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Latest check-off framework Version 6 available

OTA, in collaboration with a diverse industry steering committee, has been engaged in extensive dialogue with the organic sector to create a consolidated vision for an Organic Check-off program to fund organic research and promotion. Based on feedback from certified operators, producer organizations, and other interested stakeholders, the framework has been revised, adjusted, and fine-tuned [...]

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Be part of Organic Week in D.C.

Dubbed Organic Week in Washington by industry insiders, OTA’s signature policymaking event is comprised of three distinctly different days of activity, beginning with a day for members to conduct trade association business, an informative and thought-provoking policy conference, and a final day when members will take the organic message to legislators on Capitol Hill during hundreds [...]

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Organic newsmakers to keynote at OTA Policy Conference

The agenda for OTA’s Policy Conference is taking shape. The lineup of keynote policymakers includes: Ambassador Darci Vetter, Chief Agricultural Negotiator, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Senator Patrick Leahy (one of the original authors of the Organic Foods Production Act),  Senator Jon Tester (a member of the Senate’s Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, and the only [...]

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House Organic Caucus briefing set for #OrganicWeekDC

The House Organic Caucus is a Congressional group that champions organic farmers and consumers by advocating for policies that advance organic. OTA has organized a briefing of this bipartisan council on Monday, April 13, ahead of its annual Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. If you would like to participate in the briefing to share [...]

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