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OTA prepares comments on Non-GMO Project Standard

The Non-GMO Project is currently accepting comments on the Non-GMO Project Standard (Version 11). The comment 60-day comment period will close end at the close of business on Friday, Sept. 5. OTA recognizes that there is substantial overlap between the Non-GMO Project standards and the USDA NOP standards, and we would like to encourage further collaborative efforts in keeping GMOs out of [...]

NOP issues memo on ‘brand name’ instructions

This past Friday, the National Organic Program (NOP) released a follow-up Memo to Accredited Certifying Agents further clarifying the requirements for the use of brand or company names that contain the word ‘organic’ on the labeling of agricultural products. The memo shares additional aspects to be considered during the implementation of the Brand Name instruction document released Aug. 14. The [...]

Join in organic’s first Social Media Festival Sept 8-17

OTA is excited to announce “Organic-Palooza,” the industry’s first-ever Social Media Festival. We encourage you to take part in this very engaging and fun online event to share the benefits of organic nationwide. September is “Organic Month,” a phenomenal opportunity and national platform to engage with organic thought-leaders, media and the public at large. With [...]

Support for first-time exhibitors at BioFach

New U.S. exhibitors to BioFach Germany will have the first opportunity to showcase their products in the Organic Trade Association (OTA) booth within the U.S. Pavilion in February 2015. The first-time exhibitor package for U.S. organic suppliers is $500. This includes a tabletop display within OTA’s booth and reimbursement for airfare and hotel expenses (based on [...]

Spreading the story to fight citrus greening

A segment today on NPR entitled “The ‘Greening’ of Florida Citrus Means Less Green in Growers’ Pockets” highlights the scourge of citrus greening, which has affected nearly every orange grove in Florida. Included are comments from Matt McLean of OTA member Uncle Matt’s Organic. Meanwhile, USA Today on Aug. 24 picked up the story in [...]

Government affairs roundtable

OTA will hold a government affairs roundtable at 9 a.m. Thursday, September 18, during Natural Products Expo East in Room 301 of the Baltimore Convention Center. At this meeting, Marni Karlin, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel, will discuss policy issues Congress might take up next year, and how OTA can influence [...]

OTA Fiber Forum meeting at Expo East

OTA will hold a Fiber Forum meeting at Expo East on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to noon EDT. Join us in Room 302 to learn about OTA’s efforts concerning organic fiber. The meeting will specifically focus on the recent updates to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS 4.0), and OTA’s recent efforts urging [...]

Get your tickets for OTA’s awards celebration

Join us to celebrate three outstanding visionaries by attending OTA’s Annual Leadership Awards Celebration  from 6:30 – 10 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. Receiving Leadership Awards during the evening will be Marty Mesh, Executive Director of Florida Certified Organic Growers and [...]

OTA clarifies pesticide use on organic farms

In Hannah Wallace’s recent article in Civil Eats on the value of certification, OTA Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis provides a picture of the complicated framework regulating pesticides used by certified organic operations. Organic farmers must implement a preventive pest management plan and can only use natural substances and a limited number of [...]

GMO labeling initiative officially on Colorado ballot

The Colorado Secretary of State office has confirmed that the Right to Know Colorado campaign submitted nearly 40,000 more valid signatures that those needed to place Proposition 105—requiring that foods containing GMOs be labeled—on the November 4 ballot. Voters will be asked whether foods modified or treated with GMOs should be labeled Produced with Genetic [...]