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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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Join your colleagues to advance organic

Thousands of certified organic farmers, ranchers, handlers, processors, distributors, and other businesses across the organic supply chain have voiced their support for the Organic Check-off.  Join them by taking action today to comment on the Organic Check-off. “We have come so far as an organic movement, but we are still on the sidelines of agriculture. […]

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OTA responds to column attacking organic

The Organic Trade Association this week wrote a response to a piece by Henry Miller and Julie Kelly entitled “Organic Labeling Program Should be Plowed Under” that appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune on April 1.

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State-by-state data shows purchasing increase

Organic food can now be found on the shelves of kitchen cupboards and pantries and in the refrigerators and freezers of more than 82 percent of American households throughout the country, according to Nielsen findings released by the Organic Trade Association. In the first comprehensive look at organic purchases by households on a state-by-state level, […]

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Kathleen Merrigan urges support for organic check-off

Speaking at an Organic Farming Research Foundation luncheon, former U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan told those gathered to celebrate “that we are Big Food with values.” As reported in a posting on TheFencePost.com on March 14, Merrigan explained that the sector’s growing popularity will make it more difficult for competitors in conventional agriculture to convince the […]

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Time is running out, comment now

You have until April 19 to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Agricultural Marketing Service on the proposed organic research and promotion program published by USDA in the Federal Register earlier this year. Organic Trade Association staff is ready to work with you to write a detailed comment on any of the many components of the organic […]

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Organic brand leaders appeal for check-off support

Stonyfield Chairman Gary Hirshberg and Organic Valley CEO George Siemon support the proposed organic check-off. In a personal appeal to fellow organic processors and manufacturers they explain why everyone with a stake in the future of organic should help make an organic check-off program a reality. Read their open letter to organic certificate holders posted on […]

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