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All Things Organic Conference – Last call for ideas

This year’s All Things Organic Conference will take place September 17-19, and will be co-located in Baltimore with Natural Products Expo East. There, OTA will present a slate of educational sessions of critical interest to organic stakeholders. These sessions are offered at no additional cost to show attendees. Past speakers have included thought leaders from industry, [...]

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Nominations open for OTA’s Board of Directors

OTA’s Board of Directors has unanimously recommended the following slate of candidates for the upcoming 2015 elections to be held this summer. Up for election are three U.S. seats. The Board will also appoint one U.S. member, and the COTA Board will appoint one Canadian member to the Board. Samantha Cabaluna, VP Communications & Marketing, [...]

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OTA tagline contest

During OTA’s Organic Week in D.C. in April, OTA’s Board of Directors adopted revised Mission and Vision statements to better reflect OTA’s objectives for the future, and shared the long-term vision for the trade association to lead the organic sector into the year 2030 with the membership. It also launched a corporate tagline contest to [...]

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Don’t forget to read over latest check-off framework

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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Down to the wire on nominations for Leadership Awards

Want to nominate an organic leader or innovator but haven’t yet submitted a nomination for OTA’s 2015 Organic Leadership Awards? Submissions of nominations and letters of endorsement are due no later than this Thursday, April 23. This year’s categories are Growing the Organic Industry, Organic Farmer of the Year, and Rising Star. Visit OTA’s website [...]

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OTA tagline contest

OTA’s current tagline “Cultivating a strong organic industry since 1985” looks into the past, and we want something fresh and forward-looking instead. This is your trade association, and we know you’ll come up with something creative to help us express the essence of OTA. The contest rules are simple: All tagline entries must be original. [...]

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OTA briefs House agriculture staff on state of organic

Yesterday, a panel of OTA members and staff briefed House agriculture staffers on the state of the organic industry, including specific successes and challenges facing the sector; the importance of formalizing a transitional certification program; organic research needs; appropriations needed for the continued success of the organic sector; and the importance of joining the House [...]

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Today’s working sessions in D.C. open to all members

If you are in D.C. today, join us to gather with industry peers and conduct trade association business. OTA’s Board of Directors, Sector Councils, Task Forces and Forums will host a range of meetings at the Hall of the States—OTA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Even if you aren’t registered for OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill [...]

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Keynote presentations to be live-streamed

Even if you can’t join us in D.C. this week for OTA’s Policy Conference, you can still watch the keynote presentations live on OTA’s website. Check www.ota.com this Wednesday morning for a link to the live streaming feed. #OrganicWeekDC consists of a full week of advocacy in Washington. The week’s schedule is posted online.

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USDA’s Secretary Vilsack to keynote at Policy Conference

At OTA’s annual Policy Conference next week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will share his perspective on the role of organic within the nation’s diverse agricultural landscape, as well as his insights on coexistence and the long-range vision for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Vilsack has served as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture [...]

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