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USDA urged to implement exemption from conventional check-offs
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OTA launches organic newsletter for retailers
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OTA launches organic newsletter for retailers

OTA Batcha’s recent trip to Pennsylvania

OTA’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha and OTA Board member Leslie Zuck, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), on April 9 spoke at Penn State Ag Council’s spring Delegate meeting at Penn State College. That evening, OTA hosted a reception and dinner at Harrison’s Wine Grill in State College attended by 12 OTA [...]

Darci Vetter to address OTA’s Policy Conference

This year’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days feature a robust agenda for international trade issues. Just in: Darci Vetter, President Barack Obama’s current nominee for Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)—a role carrying the rank of U.S. Ambassador, has been confirmed as a speaker! Vetter will address the [...]

Appropriations process

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee got started on its appropriations process, approving the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, and the Legislative Branch appropriations bill.  House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) has indicated he intends to get all 12 appropriations bills out of Committee before the July 4 recess. The Senate Appropriations Committee [...]

New bill threatens mandatory GMO labeling

This past week, Congressman Pompeo (R-KS) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 (H.R. 4432), which would mandate federal voluntary GMO labeling, preempt states from enacting their own GMO labeling laws, and preempt the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from ever requiring GMO labeling. Its provisions would also require FDA to [...]

Vermont Senate passes GMO labeling bill

The Vermont Senate today voted 26-2 to approve the House-passed H. 112 that would require labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients with exemptions for animal feed and food-processing aides such as enzymes for making yogurt. However, as the Senate made some changes from the original bill passed by the House last year, the House [...]

Lobbying for GMO labeling

This past week, OTA along with Just Label It, the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety, and others co-hosted a fly-in to lobby for mandatory national GMO labeling. Representatives of Whole Foods Market, Organic Valley, Amy’s Kitchen, Annie’s, UNFI, Clif Bar, and others came to town to advocate for mandatory GMO labeling.

OTA Leadership Award: Growing the Organic Industry

OTA’s Organic Leadership Awards are given annually to individuals who have shown leadership and vision in furthering the goals of the organic movement. For 2014, OTA is accepting nominations for three Organic Leadership awards. Nominees for the Growing Organic Industry Award should be individuals who have made significant contributions to growing organic via their work [...]

Opportunity to analyze your organic farm’s soil

Researchers at Northeastern University, in collaboration with The Organic Center, have launched the National Soil Research Project. The team of scientists is analyzing soil samples from farms all across the United States for humic acid, fulvic acid, and humin content.  These complex compounds are critical to the biological processes found in healthy soil, and organic farmers have [...]

Organic Center response to misrepresentation of organic

For those of you who read The Washington Post article “Is organic better for your health?” published on April 7 and were concerned about how the editorial missed several studies supporting the health benefits of organic, you’re not alone!  The Organic Center’s response points out that the conclusions this article makes about the lack of [...]

There’s still time to show support

There is still time to show support for your trade association. OTA’s Annual Fund provides critical resources for OTA’s government affairs, media relations, and consumer marketing programs. Please join your industry colleagues and these recent contributors and show your support of OTA: Ash Street Organics, Field Farms Marketing Ltd., Hemp Oil Canada, Interlake Forage Seeds, MOM’s Organic [...]