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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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OTA reps to speak at annual buying food show

OTA’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha and Todd Linsky of OTA member company Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms will speak at the Crosset Company Educational Buying Food Show and Educational Seminar tomorrow at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH. Batcha and Linsky will discuss growth trends in organic and fresh fruits and vegetables in an educational [...]

Batcha taking part in advisory trade meeting

Laura Batcha, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director, will take part this Thursday, July 24, in the latest meeting of the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee (APAC), of which she is a member. The day’s agenda includes an overview of the U.S. Trade Agenda and discussion of key trade negotiations, as well as an open roundtable discussion [...]

OTA member feedback sought on production inputs

Over the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production and handling inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their “Sunset” review timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed if new [...]

USDA announces $13 million in organic cost-share funding

With the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, approximately $13 million in funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance nationally, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Under the provisions, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. An additional [...]

Register now for residue sampling webinar

You can now register for OTA’s residue sampling webinar. Join OTA’s Nathaniel Lewis on August 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon PST (1– 3 p.m. EST) to learn about residue sampling under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is free for OTA members.  Lewis will also conduct a second webinar session on residue sampling [...]

Impressive coverage of organic’s nutritional benefits

Press coverage of the recent study led by Newcastle University scientists on the nutritional benefits of food from organically produced crops has been impressive. At last count, the outreach of the media who did their own stories on the study, or picked up one of the releases on it—a press release from Newcastle University in [...]

Don’t forget to vote

Voting has begun in OTA’s Board of Directors election, with an impressive slate of candidates on the ballot. If you are the official voting contact for your company, please make sure to cast your ballot before the election closes on July 30. You may either send back the paper ballot OR use the voting code [...]

Be part of OTA’s member news magazine

Does your company have some exciting news to share or a new product offering? The summer edition of OTA’s quarterly news magazine, The Organic Report, is now in production. There are even opportunities to place display advertising or classified ads. The deadline for placing ads or submitting news is July 24. Those signing up for [...]

Mark your calendars for OTA activities at Expo East

OTA is gearing up for Natural Products Expo East Sept. 17-20 in Baltimore, MD. The All Things Organic Conference Track will present diverse conference sessions, including the perennially popular State of the Organic Industry session, along with numerous opportunities to hear directly from those making news in organic. In addition, OTA will host its Annual [...]

OTA Annual Meeting will focus on long-term vision

OTA will host its Annual Meeting for its members immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please join us at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum to discuss Association business and weigh in on a collective vision for the future of the organic sector with OTA Board, staff, and [...]