Targeted regulatory, legislative, and marketing news and information for the organic business community.


Staying engaged through farm bill hearings

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this past Thursday on “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Organic Trade Association CEO, Laura Batcha, shared an update with members after the event, including a summary of highlights from the hearing. Meanwhile, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael […]

Comments submitted on the GMO labeling standard

The Organic Trade Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the 30 questions it posted on the USDA GMO labeling website for stakeholder input regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to complete a study on digital or electronic […]

Engaging policymakers in the field

In the lead up to developing the 2018 farm bill, Congress is busy hearing from producers both in Washington and around the country. Summer is a good time to engage with your member of Congress and their staff in the field. How can you get involved? Consider attending one of the recently announced listening sessions […]

Missing the train on organic

The July 17 edition of Farm Futures includes an article entitled “Missing the train on organic,” exploring how many Midwest farmers have been slow to convert acres despite red-hot demand for organic. Recounting the experience of TJ Shambaugh who farms near Cerro Gordo, IL, the article points out how organic can work for transitioning farmers […]

Organic in the Americas open house

The Inter-American Commission for Organic Agriculture (ICOA), which comprises the organic authorities of countries of the Americas, is currently holding its annual meeting through July 21 in Portland, Oregon. The week’s activities are planned and hosted by the Organic Trade Association. In June 2008, the Ministers of Agriculture of the Western Hemisphere created ICOA for the purpose of […]

Board election enters final week

The Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors election is now underway, with voting taking place through Wednesday, July 26. If you are the voting contact for your company, please make sure to cast your ballot. You may either send back the paper ballot OR use your unique voting code to fill out the electronic ballot. […]

Tickets and sponsorships for Awards Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Leadership Awards Celebration dinner. The Wednesday, September 13, celebration is the kick-off event to Natural Products Expo East. Join us to recognize three pioneers receiving the 2017 Organic Leadership Awards. Re-connect with friends and colleagues at the annual membership meeting, enjoy a delicious organic […]

U.S. buyers sought for Canadian trade show

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) and Ontario Food Exports will host a funded buyer program during the CHFA East Show in Toronto this September 16-17. U.S. buyers interested in participating in the program that will include travel reimbursements, free entry to the trade show and pre-arranged one-on-one meetings with select organic exhibitors should contact […]

Japanese journalist boot camp and Lifestyle Expo

The Japanese Journalist Boot Camp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo, Japan. The Organic Trade Association will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certified organic farm outside of Tokyo for an organic 101 Boot Camp. Journalists will learn about organic agriculture principles, regulations, markets, and trends. They […]

COTA releases The State of Organics report

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) this week released The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report, the first in what it plans to be an annual offering. This report analyzes and tracks the existing Canadian organic regulations, policies and programming within the federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments. As the first report of its kind, […]