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Join us for OTA’s 2015 Policy Conference

OTA’s Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days is set for April 14-16, 2015. 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, [...]

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OTA launches new website with exciting improvements

OTA is pleased to announce the launch of its newly designed website, which went live on Friday and is located at the same address www.OTA.com. The driving objectives were to build a user-friendly and simple to navigate site. The new home page welcomes visitors with a fresh new design, backed up by a fully revised [...]

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Organic industry supports research on organic rice safety

A recent study release by Consumer Reports and covered by the Dr. Oz show analyzes data on arsenic levels in rice. OTA and The Organic Center have responded by releasing a public statement, currently published on the Dr. Oz website, and providing members with an analysis of the report. The organic industry is taking a [...]

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Associated Press article on organic non-food products

An article by Mary Clare Jalonick of the Associated Press appears under the headline “The Meaning of ‘Organic’ Hazy for Nonfood” in many news outlets today. OTA staff worked with this reporter to explain the status concerning standards for various organic non-food items. The article also features OTA members Whole Foods Market and Dr. Bronner’s [...]

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An update from the September Board Meeting

Dear OTA members, It is my pleasure and my privilege to serve as OTA’s new Board President. It’s an exciting time for our community as we continue to grow and expand. While we’ve made much progress in recent years, there’s much more work to be done educating on the benefits of organic, and demystifying organic. [...]

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Board Officers announced

After the recent election in which a record 35 percent of OTA’s trade member companies voted, the new OTA Board of Directors was seated last week. Board Officers, announced  during OTA’s Annual Meeting for Members, include Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative as President, Sarah Bird of Annie’s Inc. as Vice President—USA, Dag Falck of [...]

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Organic Check-off development continues

The Board voted to move forward to further develop the framework for an organic research and promotion program (“check-off”) that will promote the benefits of organic and meet the needs of the diverse sector. This decision is based on extensive feedback from a survey of organic certificate holders and widespread outreach to organic producers, processors [...]

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Sector Councils open for establishment

OTA has reinstituted a sector council system to build community among groups of members. OTA Sector Councils will provide ongoing opportunities for networking, leadership development, and education. While sector councils will not act as policy-setting groups (that role will remain the focus of OTA task forces), they will communicate sector issues, ideas, and concerns to [...]

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FAC Annual Report accepted

The Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Annual Report was formally accepted by the Board and then presented to the membership by Farmer Board Seat member and FAC Co-Chair Perry Clutts. The 8-page report details FAC’s efforts over the past year to create strategic alliances with farmer-driven organizations, to work together to stay ahead of challenges and [...]

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15-Year Vision Task Force update

Using the 2014 membership survey results as a jumping-off point, a Board task force has been meeting regularly to develop a long-term vision for the organic sector and for OTA. Once it’s adopted by the full Board, the 15-year vision plan will be used as a springboard to update OTA’s three to five-year strategic plan. [...]

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