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Organic Trade Association shares top billing on “The Dr. Oz Show”

OTA CEO on panel of experts on special episode on organicMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (April 24, 2018) — Organic Trade Association CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha on Monday was one of a panel of three organic experts headlining a special episode on organic on the eight-time Daytime Emmy award-winning nationally […]

Organic Trade Association statement on House Farm Bill

*MEDIA ALERT*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (April 18, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association is pleased that the House Agriculture Committee recognized the strong growth in organic and the opportunities that organic provides for the food and farm economy. We thank Chairman Conaway, Ranking Member Peterson and members of the committee for […]

Organic Trade Association ups challenge to USDA withdrawal of animal welfare rule

Major animal welfare groups join legal suit against USDAMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (April 12, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association this week ratcheted up its court battle against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency’s failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards, with two of America’s most influential […]

Benefit for The Organic Center inspires, entertains and raises record funds

More than $450,000 raised in annual celebrationMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com (March 14, 2018) — Organic science, organic inspiration, organic food, organic fun. These all came together for more than 500 organic visionaries, activists and businesses on March 8 at The Organic Center’s 15th Annual Benefit Dinner in Anaheim, resulting in just over $450,000 raised – a new record — […]

Organic Trade Association Fiber Council working to grow market and problem-solve

Global Organic Textiles Standard roundtable brings stakeholders togetherMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514 Washington , DC US  (March 14, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association’s Fiber Council recently met in Charleston, SC, for its annual in-person meeting to discuss its 2018 work plan and announce new officers. This meeting took place in conjunction with several exciting Global Organic Textile […]

Organic Trade Association blasts USDA withdrawal of organic animal welfare rule 

Association calls action “egregious,” says battle will continue in courtMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (March 12, 2018) —  The Organic Trade Association on Monday strongly condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices regulation, saying the Department had – without regard for […]

Organic Trade Association seeks court hearing in animal welfare standards lawsuit

Case is picking up momentum and gaining critical supportMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (March 8, 2018) —  The Organic Trade Association wants its day in court. The association on Wednesday requested that oral arguments be heard on its lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the Department’s failure to […]

Organic Trade Association rebuts USDA motion to dismiss animal welfare lawsuit

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (February 16, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association on Friday issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s motion to dismiss the Organic Trade Association’s lawsuit challenging USDA’s delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule: “USDA’s motion to dismiss the Organic Trade […]

Organic Trade Association rebuts USDA motion to dismiss animal welfare lawsuit

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (February 16, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association on Friday issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s motion to dismiss the Organic Trade Association’s lawsuit challenging USDA’s delay of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule: “USDA’s motion to dismiss the Organic Trade […]

Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center applaud bipartisan Senate bill to invest in organic agriculture research

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (February 8, 2018) — The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center on Thursday applauded Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) for introducing The Organic Agriculture Research Act of 2018, which increases federal investment for organic agriculture research in the next farm bill to […]