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NOP compliant microorganisms scheduled to expire in 2016
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Mark your calendar for Aug. 19 residue sampling webinar
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July edition of The Organic Scoop now available
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Seven experts to co-host #OrganicFestival Twitter parties

The buzz from OTA’s #OrganicFestival social media campaign has already sparked tremendous engagement! A mix of industry, bloggers and consumers are highly engaged and sharing on Twitter as well as jumping into the Facebook conversation. The cornerstone to the #OrganicFestival will be our five Twitter parties co-hosted by OTA and leading topic experts. Tomorrow, Sept. [...]

#OrganicFestival: Not sure where to start?

Here are four easy ways to participate: 1. Receive daily suggested posts, graphics and activities through e-mail reminders from Sept 8-17. E-mail Kelly Taveras, OTA’s Digital Communications Manager, to get on the list. 2. Re-post our daily posts. Follow our social media channels at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and re-post some or all of our #OrganicFestival content each [...]

Next week in Baltimore!

Next week OTA will be hosting a packed schedule of activities and events offered in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center. We hope to see you there! Make sure to read the special “Everything You Need for Expo East” e-news blast that OTA is sending to you today—from the Annual [...]

Don’t miss out! Buy your tickets now

With 300 organic visionaries in attendance, the kick-off Annual Awards Celebration event is your best bet to network and start the show off right. Join us for a fun and inspirational evening at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on September 17. The entertaining program includes psychic readings, an interactive “social wall”, and a [...]

Conference spotlight: Organic Fiber–Apparel & Home

Come learn about the rapidly growing organic fiber sector in a special panel discussion Friday, Sept. 19, from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. in Room 315 in the Baltimore Convention Center. Our diverse panel includes manufacturers, regulatory experts and retailers. They will discuss trends in the sector, why it is a critical next frontier in the [...]

NOSB now accepting comments

USDA’s National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is now accepting public comments on subcommittee proposals to be discussed at its meeting Oct. 28-30 in Louisville, KY, at the Galt House Hotel. The tentative meeting agenda (PDF) is now available along with the meeting materials (all proposals and discussion documents) (PDF). The final deadline to submit written comments as well as sign up [...]

OTA hosts check-off discussion with state Farmers Union reps

OTA hosted presidents and other representatives of state Farmers Unions (including Wisconsin, Kansas, Ohio, New England, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Iowa, and California) yesterday in its D.C. headquarters for a discussion on the potential framework for an organic check-off.  The group engaged in a productive conversation about potential governance, programming, and assessment structure with Marni Karlin, OTA’s [...]

Associated Press article on pesticide drift

An article by AP reporter Steve Karnowski out of Minneapolis on pesticide drift as a persistent problem for organic farmers has received widespread media pick-up. The story ran this weekend as part of AP’s weekly Farm & Food Feature. The article, which features responses by Nathaniel Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, was picked [...]

Natural & clean label debate

Navigator-USA will hold a free online debate on Natural & Clean Label Trends on Tuesday, Sept. 30, starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT. Panelists will include Nicole Dawes (CEO of OTA member Late July Organic Snacks), Phil Anson (CEO of EVOL Foods), Kristen Polovoy (attorney with Montgomery McCracken), Stephen Gardner (Director of Litigation for the Center [...]

USDA announces Sound and Sensible grants

USDA is awarding project contracts to 13 organizations to advance the National Organic Program’s (NOP’s) Sound and Sensible initiative by identifying and removing barriers to certification and streamlining the certification process. Receiving the grants are the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, California Certified Organic Farmers, Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, the International Organic Inspectors [...]