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OTA issues a response to Washington Post analysis

In response to the “Monkey Cage” analysis by Jason Kuo published on May 22 in the Washington Post, the Organic Trade Association reiterates its original response to the May 13 story “The labels said ‘organic,’ but these massive imports of corn and soybeans weren’t” and adds the following: It is a federal law that all […]

Broadcasting live from OTA’s Policy Conference

Can’t make it to the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Policy Conference in D.C. today? See and hear today’s main stage presentations by tuning in to the free live stream on www.ota.com. The conference today goes from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Here is the full conference schedule and keynote speaker line up! The live stream is […]

U.S. sales of organic products reach new record

U.S. sales of organic products totaled approximately $47 billion in 2016, reflecting new sales of almost $3.7 billion over sales in 2015, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Organic Industry Survey unveiled this morning at OTA’s 2017 Policy Conference. The $43 billion in organic food sales marked the first time the American organic food […]

U.S. organic trade data released through 2016

Two years ago the Organic Trade Association released a watershed report that compiled, for the first time ever, a comprehensive picture of the officially tracked organic food products sold by U.S. exporters and bought by U.S. importers. OTA has now updated this study, with researchers from Ohio State University and Penn State University, to analyze […]

Take action: support the organic animal welfare rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least six months, and has published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. The comment period to give feedback on these options […]

Organic Confluences looks at making research count

The Organic Center’s Organic Confluences held this Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service explored connecting organic stakeholders to scientific research findings. At The Center’s second annual Organic Confluences Summit entitled “Making Research Count,” participants looked at the barriers to the dissemination and adoption of […]

White Paper recaps findings from 2016 Confluences Summit

The Organic Center has released a White Paper it has prepared from discussions emanating from its 2016 Organic Confluences: “A Summit to Turn Environmental Evidence into Policy Practices.” The White Paper is entitled “Increasing Agricultural Sustainability Through Organic Farming,” and sub-titled “Outcomes from the 2016 Organic Confluences.” For more information, contact Tracy Misiewicz at The Organic Center […]

Rodale Institute kicks off vegetable comparison trials

Earlier this month, Rodale Institute began planting potatoes, winter squash and snap beans in its new Vegetable Systems Trial (VST), intended as a long-term side-by-side comparison of organic and conventional vegetable production systems. The goal is to compare and develop viable vegetable production systems that improve soil, plant, human and environmental health through using regenerative […]

Educational guides for building healthy soils

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is developing a series of educational guides to help organic farmers and ranchers enhance the soil health and overall resilience of their operations. Each guide begins with tools and practices set in the context of the challenges and opportunities identified by organic producers in OFRF’s 2016 National Organic Research […]

Take action on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule

This past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) postponed the effective date of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) rule for at least another six months, from May 19 until November 14, and published a notice asking for input on whether to suspend the rule indefinitely, delay it further, or withdraw it. In […]