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

Just hours remain to comment!

We are hours away from the midnight deadline to submit comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the proposed organic research and promotion program. If you haven’t yet commented, please do so now. There is a fast and easy way to submit a comment to USDA supporting the Organic Check-off on You can also […]

Follow @OrganicTrade for NOSB updates

The Organic Trade Association is onsite at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) spring meeting in Denver, Colorado, today through Friday to deliver public comments. As always, OTA will report back to members afterwards on the meeting discussions and outcomes. Follow @OrganicTrade on Twitter for a play-by-play report of Board decisions, and stay tuned for an in-depth follow-up […]

Member Day schedule posted for #OrganicWeekDC

The full schedule for the Organic Trade Association’s Member Day is now online. At this annual event, OTA’s Board of Directors, its Sector Councils, Task Forces and other member groups meet at OTA’s headquarters in Washington to advance their work. The day kicks off with “Loop the Lincoln,” a 5.6 K circuit run around the Mall […]

Be part of advocacy and policy activities

#OrganicWeekDC this May 22-25 will be comprised of the industry’s major advocacy events. The week begins with The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit, includes a day for members to conduct trade association business prior to an informative and thought-provoking policy conference. The final day offers an opportunity for members to make their voices heard during hundreds of pre-organized […]

Housing deadline this Friday for Policy Conference

With just four and a half weeks until #OrganicWeekDC, we are making the final preparations for this year’s Policy Conference and related events. We are looking forward to seeing many of you in Washington at that time. If you plan to attend, but have not yet made hotel reservations, OTA has reserved a block of rooms […]

Tell us your export promotion needs

The Organic Trade Association is currently writing its 2018 Market Access Program grant application. These funds go to promote U.S. produced organic exports. OTA wants your feedback on the types of activities you would like to see on the 2018 activity calendar. Take a few minutes to complete this survey.  Include as much detail as possible in […]

Celebrating organic on Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, The Organic Center will be sharing studies that show why going organic supports a healthy planet for all. From the birds and the bees to the soil and the trees, these studies demonstrate how the contributions of organic agriculture to a healthy environment are undeniable! Follow The Organic Center on April 22nd on Facebook and Twitter to learn […]

Be part of the conversation at Confluences

Time is running out to sign up for the Organic Confluences Conference (May 22-23 in conjunction with OTA’s Policy Conference). Come join scientists, policymakers, farmers, industry, and non-profits as we develop solutions to bridge the gap between research results and the audiences who most need to hear about those findings.  We will hear from experts who […]

Organic reduces antimicrobial resistance in poultry

Researchers from Ohio State University who studied antibiotic resistance in Campylobacter on organic and conventional poultry farms have found  organic production is better at controlling antibiotic- resistant bacteria, according to research summarized by The Organic Center. While both systems had Campylobacter with genes that could confer antibiotic resistance, tests showed fewer Campylobacter with antimicrobial resistance on organic […]

Updated fact sheets on organic cotton now available

The Organic Trade Association has prepared updated fact sheets on organic cotton and organic cotton and the environment. Both are now available on OTA’s website. Feel free to print these out for your company’s use and to share with consumers and others.