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

GMO labeling approved by Congress

A week after passage in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives in a vote of 306 to 117 passed the compromise GMO labeling bill drawn up by Senators Stabenow and Roberts. To add context to the complicated and critical issues surrounding the bill passed by Congress, Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Board President Melissa […]

Raw manure use comments due today

Comments are due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today on its process to develop a risk assessment for the use of raw manure in produce production. To submit comments electronically to the docket, stakeholders can visit Docket No. FDA-2016-N-0321. OTA will be submitting its comments today. Contact Organic Trade Association’s Farm Policy […]

Comments sought on arsenic limits for baby cereal

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting comments through today on its proposal to enforce a limit on the amount of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal. FDA is proposing a limit or action level of 100 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal—similar to the level set by the […]

OTA submitted animal welfare comments

The Organic Trade Association last week submitted comments on the National Organic Program’s Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Proposed Rule. In its 34 pages of comment, OTA supports NOP’s efforts to create greater consistency in organic livestock practices, and acknowledges that the proposed regulations do not increase biosecurity risks on organic farms. However, it made numerous […]

NOP responds to NOSB April recommendations

At its April meeting, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) made a number of recommendations concerning USDA’s national organic standards and the National List. NOP has now posted a response to these recommendations. The response describes the background for each NOSB recommendation, NOP’s acknowledgement of each specific recommendation, and NOP’s plans for considering the recommendation. For more […]

Findings: organic produce sales soar

Record numbers of U.S. consumers are eating more organic fruits and vegetables than ever before, with over half of all households now purchasing organic produce, the Organic Trade Association’s Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha told attendees of the first-ever Organic Produce Summit this past week. The inaugural sold-out event July 13-14 attracted attendees representing every facet […]

National Press Foundation journalist training

Next week, the Organic Trade Association will be in St. Louis to present a dynamic, hands-on session on organic to twenty top journalists from around the county. The session helps kick off the National Press Foundation’s (NPF) second annual educational program for reporters on food and agriculture. This year’s program is entitled “Exploring the Future […]

Voting continues for OTA’s Board election

So far, we have had a good turnout for the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors election, but the closing date of July 27 is fast approaching. With your vote, we could reach or exceed our goal of 35 percent participation! We have an impressive slate of candidates. If you are the voting contact for your company, […]

Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards September 21

The Organic Trade Association’s 2016 Annual Meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 21, at the Columbus Center in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with 2016 Natural Products Expo East. The meeting will be followed by OTA’s Annual Leadership Awards Celebration, also at the Columbus Center. The 2016 Leadership Award honorees will […]

Webinar available on trade

A video from Oregon Tilth on “Importing and Exporting Products from the U.S.” and the accompanying PowerPoint slides are now available online for viewing and reference. Featuring speakers Oregon Tilth Certification Director Connie Karr and the Organic Trade Association’s Associate Director for International Trade Monique Marez, the presentation provides an overview of export requirements and […]