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


Action still needed on animal welfare

In a proactive advocacy campaign entitled “Do Not Play Chicken with Organic Standards,” the Organic Trade Association has issued a “Take Action” message to its members to urge their U.S. Senators and members of Congress to vote no on any amendments that might jeopardize the USDA Organic label by interfering with proposed animal welfare regulations. […]

OTA hosts D.C. fly-in on animal welfare

During this past week, the Organic Trade Association arranged over 30 meetings between organic egg producers and key U.S. Senate offices in D.C. in an effort to prevent any action during the Agricultural Appropriations process to impede the U.S. Department of Agriculture from finalizing its proposed rule on organic livestock and poultry practices. In these […]

Save the date – NOSB to meet in November

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its fall meeting Nov.16 – 18 in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. NOSB will meet to discuss and vote on several important topics including whether to renew several farm and handling inputs that are due to Sunset (expire) from the National List in 2018. It […]

Join OTA for hot topics in organic produce

At the inaugural Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, CA, in July, the Organic Trade Association will host a three-hour meeting to explore some of the issues shaping the $14.4 billion organic fruit and vegetable space. During this participatory session, we will discuss several topics germane to organic produce. Each conversation will begin with a moderator’s […]

Trade work with Mexico

The Organic Trade Association this week is leading two seminars on organic trade data and hosting an organic market update at Expo Orgánicos in Mexico in collaboration with USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, the Mexican National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health Safety and Quality (SENASICO Mexico) and ECONOMIA. Expo Orgánicos is the largest domestic-focused organic trade […]

Thank you to our supporters

The Organic Trade Association’s Annual Fund campaign has reached $883,543 toward its $1 million goal. OTA extends a special thank you to the following organizations for pledging their support to this year’s Annual Fund: Bridges Produce Inc., Golden International Dist. Inc., Hesco Inc., Nurture Inc. dba Happy Family, Organic Foods International, Organics Unlimited, Pure Branding […]

Organic snack maker’s story in Fortune

Organic Trade Association member Late July Organic Snacks is featured in a Q and A article in Fortune magazine that was posted online on June 20. In the article entitled “How an Idea for Organic Saltines Became a Booming Business,” Nicole Bernard Dawes tells her story of starting her company and strategies the company has used […]

Organic bedding makes NY Times

In an article posted June 16 by The New York Times, Organic Trade Association member company Boll & Branch founders Scott and Missy Tannen tell how their search for luxury organic sheets has evolved into a business that not only provides organic products but improves the livelihoods of farmers and factory workers in India. The […]

PCC Natural Markets in the news

PCC Natural Markets has been named 2016 Retailer of the Year by WholeFoods Magazine. The retailer is the largest consumer-owned food market in the United States, according to the article announcing its selection for the award.

The Globe and Mail to publish organic report

COTA is once again partnering with The Globe and Mail to produce a Special Report on Organic in Canada’s national newspaper, timed to release at the beginning of Organic Week September 17-25. This is a unique opportunity to highlight your commitment to the organic sector, and to promote your message directly to consumers across the […]