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Annual Meeting

This year, OTA will host its Annual Meeting for members on Wednesday, September 17 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Sculpture Barn at the American Visionary Art Museum immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration. Come on over to the museum to participate in discussions about Association business, hear directly from OTA’s Board of Directors, [...]

OTA’s Annual Awards Celebration

Following the Annual Meeting, OTA’s Annual Leadership Awards Celebration will be held on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., also at the American Visionary Art Museum. Celebrate with your colleagues and honor inspirational leaders in the organic industry at OTA’s Annual Awards Celebration. OTA’s 2014 honorees will be announced soon! Tickets are on sale now and [...]

All Things Organic Conference Track

As the leading authority on the North American organic market, OTA will deliver a one-of-a-kind conference program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. From the state of the organic industry to defining non-GMO under the organic regulations, this year’s line-up is sure to spark conversation. Check out the full conference schedule and [...]

Visit the OTA Booth and Member Hospitality Suite

Be sure to stop by the OTA and Organic Center Booth #1211 on the trade show floor of the Baltimore Convention Center on Thursday, September 18 through Saturday, September 20. OTA members can stop by OTA’s exclusive lounge anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check e-mail, and chat with [...]

Organic PAC Fundraiser

OTA’s Organic Political Action Committee (Organic PAC) is heading back to Camden Yards to host a donor reception as the Orioles take on the Red Sox at home on Friday, September 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Come early and enjoy food, drinks, and networking with special guests in the Organic PAC VIP box! [...]

OTA represents organic on a biotech panel

For the first time, the organic industry was represented last week on a panel about biotechnology offered as part of a Foreign Service officer training. The goal of the panel was to educate State Department employees on the complexities of biotechnology uses here and abroad. Included in the panel were representatives from the Center for Science [...]

Organic Recycling Council Board meeting

The Washington Organic Recycling Council (WORC), which represents the commercial and on-farm composting industry in Washington State, last week held a Board of Directors meeting.  In attendance was Board member Nathanial Lewis, OTA’s Senior Crops & Livestock Specialist. Lewis has agreed to speak on acceptable uses of composted materials in certified organic crop production at WORC’s annual [...]

Rural investment opportunities

This past week, the White House Rural Council Rural Opportunity Investment Conference convened to show investors that there are opportunities in rural communities. OTA member Gary Hirshberg moderated a panel about investment in local, regional and organic food systems. Other speakers included Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, Kentucky Governor [...]

Bringing organic to Farm to Table symposium

The upcoming Farm to Table International Symposium (Aug. 3 in New Orleans) will include a session entitled “The Organic Opportunity” featuring OTA members Ashley Swaffer (Operations Manager for Arkansas Egg) and Kelly Landrieu (Southwest Regional Forager for Whole Foods Market). The session will draw connections between the traceability and transparency of organic production systems and [...]

Food label changes

Major changes are coming to labels on all packaged foods sold in Canada. Health Canada’s Food Directorate is proposing changes based on feedback from Canadian parents and consumers during the 2013 consultation on nutrition information. Among the many proposed changes are: different vitamins and minerals required in the Nutrition Facts panel; new guidelines on serving [...]