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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 […]

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 […]

The public tells USDA: Don’t derail organic standards

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (January 19, 2018) — Organic Trade Association statement: The American public has again spoken out loudly and clearly that it wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to immediately implement the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule and to stop derailing this fully vetted, industry-supported and […]

The public tells USDA: Don’t derail organic standards

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (January 19, 2018) — Organic Trade Association statement: The American public has again spoken out loudly and clearly that it wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to immediately implement the final Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule and to stop derailing this fully vetted, industry-supported and […]

2018: Make a difference by making it organic

Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic CenterMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (December 29, 2017) —  Washington , DC (December 29, 2017) — Groundbreaking studies in 2017 continued to prove the ability of organic agriculture to combat climate change, to feed the world sustainably, to protect the health of our children and ourselves, and much […]

2018: Make a difference by making it organic

Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic CenterMaggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (December 29, 2017) —  Washington , DC (December 29, 2017) — Groundbreaking studies in 2017 continued to prove the ability of organic agriculture to combat climate change, to feed the world sustainably, to protect the health of our children and ourselves, and much […]

Organic Trade Association applauds bipartisan bill to boost rural economic development through organic agriculture

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (December 18, 2017) — The Organic Trade Association on Monday applauded Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Organic Farmers Access Act, which would expand eligibility for organic production in certain rural development programs and help enable organic agriculture to be a […]

Organic Trade Association applauds bipartisan bill to boost rural economic development through organic agriculture

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeilmmcneil@ota.com(202) 403-8514Alt Phone: (202) 615-7997 Washington , DC US  (December 18, 2017) — The Organic Trade Association on Monday applauded Representatives Sean Duffy (R-WI) and Peter Welch (D-VT) for introducing the Organic Farmers Access Act, which would expand eligibility for organic production in certain rural development programs and help enable organic agriculture to be a […]

Organic Trade Association dismayed at USDA proposal to withdraw organic animal welfare rule

*Media Alert*Maggie McNeil (December 15, 2017) — The Organic Trade Association on Friday issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement to withdraw the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday. “The Organic Trade Association is dismayed at the action by the […]