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Organic meat, poultry can now be labeled as non-GMO

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued guidance that will now allow organic companies to make label claims that organic meat and poultry were produced from livestock or poultry not fed genetically engineered feed. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued this guidance in response to the recently passed GMO labeling legislation, which President […]

USDA provides clarification on compost

On June 20, a federal judge ordered the National Organic Program (NOP) to remove its guidance document on use of green waste in organic compost (NOP 5016). This order went into effect yesterday (August 22).  Last week, NOP issued an announcement to stakeholders on how compost should be evaluated by certifiers and producers moving forward.  Its […]

Be part of special organic content in SF Chronicle

Once again, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is partnering with Mediaplanet to produce a cross-platform, independent supplement dedicated to the organic movement, this time within the San Francisco Chronicle. The campaign will encourage Americans to learn about how easy it can be to go organic, demonstrate the benefits of organic, and connect consumers with organic […]

See your OTA Board at work

The Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors will hold its next in-person meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Baltimore in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East. OTA welcomes members to attend and observe its meetings, with the exception of the closed executive session. To notify the Board of your plan […]

Beginning Farmer Rancher Development Program Grant awarded

This past week, USDA announced a new investment of $17.8 million for 37 projects aimed to help educate, mentor, and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of farmers.  Among the successful projects is a multi-regional efforts spearheaded by Tufts University to “train the trainer” for young farmer apprenticeship programs. OTA will participate in the […]

All Things Organic education sessions now posted

The session topics for All Things Organic Conference at Natural Products Expo East next month are now available. The conference will take place Thursday and Friday, September 22-23, at the Baltimore Convention Center. Speakers will address a range of topics from the financial community interest in organic to the latest data and insights about the […]

Your name in lights at OTA’s awards celebration

Join in the excitement of our upcoming Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore set for September 21. This year, the event will be held at the Columbus Center along the Inner Harbor, where guests will have relaxing views of the water while networking and celebrating OTA’s Leadership Award recipients. Sponsorship provides a variety of benefits including […]

Tickets still available for Awards evening

The Organic Trade Association’s September 21 Leadership Awards Celebration held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East will offer the perfect opportunity to toast leaders who are advancing organic food, fiber and farming, to engage in conversation over a delicious certified organic meal served family-style, and crowd-source some fun afterwards in our lofty lounge. During […]

Neonicotinoid exposure adversely affects wild bees

A new study, published in Nature Communications and highlighted on The Organic center website, analyzed almost two decades’ worth of data on 62 different species of wild bees and found that sub-lethal exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides can lead to population declines. While many studies primarily conducted on the European honeybee have identified negative impacts on […]

Save the date: Parliament Day and Policy Conference

COTA will hold its annual Parliament Day Reception the evening of Tuesday, October 25, on Parliament Hill. On October 25, we will gather for our Policy Conference in the morning, with lobbying on Parliament Hill that afternoon. Mark your calendars now to travel to Ottawa and spend October 25-26 there. More information will be released in the […]