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

Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies

At today’s Policy Conference, the Organic Trade Association released conclusive research that for the first time links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production—and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture—create real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities. The recently completed White Paper, entitled “U.S. Organic Hotspots […]

Enjoy live streaming of OTA’s Policy Conference

The Organic Trade Association is holding its 2016 Policy Conference today as part of #OrganicWeekDC. The lineup includes an impressive array of agency leaders, government officials, and industry thinkers who will share their perspectives on the critical issues confronting U.S. agriculture and its growing organic sector. Among the speakers: U.S. Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (ME-1), U.S. Secretary of […]

Yesterday’s activities in D.C.

Yesterday, the Organic Trade Association held a variety of member meetings as well as its Board of Directors meeting. In addition, OTA took representatives of its Board of Directors, that of The Organic Center and the Organic Political Action Committee (PAC) Board on a tour of the White House Gardens.

Efforts stop derailment of animal welfare proposed rule

This past Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee moved the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill out of committee by a unanimous vote. Although Senators had planned to offer an amendment delaying USDA’s National Organic Program from finalizing and implementing the Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule, such an amendment was not offered. Instead, Committee members agreed to […]

First-ever Organic Confluences Summit a success

The first-ever Organic Confluences Summit held Monday by The Organic Center reviewed the most up-to-date research on organic’s positive impacts on the environment, and looked at existing conservation programs. The goal: to provide a foundation for future recommendations from The Center on ways that organic research can be used by policymakers to provide real-life solutions […]

U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015

The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a robust 11 percent from the previous year’s record level and far outstripping the overall food market’s growth rate of 3 percent, according to the Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Organic Industry Survey. […]

Sign up for Organic Week 2016 sponsorship

Organic Week, Canada’s single-largest organic marketing campaign will take place September 17-25 across Canada. Over the past few years, Organic Week activities have garnered national media attention, and the celebration has included thousands of retail promotions and community events. Sponsorship of Organic Week 2016 is now available. For more information, contact Henry Chen.

Canadian exporter survey

The speed of global business is accelerating, and Export Development Canada (EDC) would like a better understanding of how Canadian businesses leverage digital technology and partnerships to stay competitive to provide or improve relevant services. If you are a Canadian exporter, please share your experiences via this online survey. EDC will send an aggregate report of the research […]

Senate to markup Agriculture Appropriations bill

The Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture Appropriations bill is expected to be marked up in the Senate in Subcommittee today, and is likely to be marked up by the full Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has a number of priorities in this bill, including full funding for the National Organic Program […]

Potential amendment would impede animal welfare rule

The Senate Appropriations Committee may consider an amendment this week that would significantly impede the implementation of the National Organic Program (NOP) Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices proposed rule. We strongly oppose that amendment, which hamstrings NOP from doing its job – writing, implementing, and enforcing organic rules – and would set a very dangerous […]