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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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  Time is running out! Submit feedback today. View this email in your browser     Quick Links PARTICIPATE: Use OTA’s surveys to provide feedback on inputs under sunset review  READ: OTA summary of NOSB proposals and discussion documents FOCUS: NOSB is specifically looking for weigh-in on these inputs:  Sunset Crops Inputs,  Sunset Livestock Inputs,  Sunset Handling Inputs WATCH: Webinar recording of OTA’s sunset [...]

OTA’s 2015 Policy Conference a roaring success

A sold-out #OrganicWeekDC 2015 was held in Washington this past week. Here are a few of the highlights: Record-breaking attendance of more than 200 individuals from 100 distinct organizations representing every facet of the organic value chain A vibrant conference featuring U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT),  and many other thought-provoking [...]

Sales of U.S. organic products reach record $39.1 billion

Sales of organic food and non-food products in the United States set another record in 2014, reaching $39.1 billion, up 11.3 percent from 2013, according to top-line information from the Organic Trade Association’s 2015 Organic Industry Survey released this past week at OTA’s Policy Conference. Despite tight supplies of organic ingredients, organic food sales posted [...]

U.S. certified organic operations jump five percent

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that the number of U.S. certified organic operations increased by more than five percent over the past year, to reach 19,474 businesses. Meanwhile, the global tally reached 27,814 operations certified to meet National Organic Standards. Since the count began in 2002, U.S. certified organic operation have increased [...]

See you at the NOSB meeting next week

NOSB will be in La Jolla, California, for its spring meeting April 27-30. Representing OTA will be Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha, Senor Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard, Senor Crops and Livestock Specialist Nathaniel Lewis and Digital Communications Manager Kelly Taveras. In preparation for the meeting, OTA has created its latest [...]

Down to the wire on nominations for Leadership Awards

Want to nominate an organic leader or innovator but haven’t yet submitted a nomination for OTA’s 2015 Organic Leadership Awards? Submissions of nominations and letters of endorsement are due no later than this Thursday, April 23. This year’s categories are Growing the Organic Industry, Organic Farmer of the Year, and Rising Star. Visit OTA’s website [...]

OTA tagline contest

OTA’s current tagline “Cultivating a strong organic industry since 1985” looks into the past, and we want something fresh and forward-looking instead. This is your trade association, and we know you’ll come up with something creative to help us express the essence of OTA. The contest rules are simple: All tagline entries must be original. [...]

Benchmark study looks at global organic food trade

Findings from a study conducted by Pennsylvania State University’s Dr. Edward Jaenicke for OTA shows that exports of U.S. organic foods as well as U.S. imports of organic have risen significantly in the past few years. In 2014, American organic growers sold more than $550 million worth of products tracked by the U.S. government through [...]

Check out OTA’s 2014 Annual Report

OTA’s 2014 Annual Report, recapping highlights from the past year, is now available. From member networking and the Member of the Year Award to new OTA leadership, the report gives snapshots from OTA’s many milestones and activities throughout the year. 2014 brought Farm Bill success and OTA’s stepped-up engagement on food safety measures, as well [...]

OTA invited to speak at journalists’ annual meeting

The North American Agricultural Journalists (NAAJ) will hold its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., April 26-28. Among the invited speakers will be OTA’s CEO and Executive Director Laura Batcha. Other featured speakers are U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Batcha will speak [...]