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


USDA approves new transitional certification program

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) this morning announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This announcement is an […]

Comments sought on term “Healthy” on food labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is accepting comments on the use of the term “healthy” in the labeling of human food products. This action, in part, comes from a citizen petition asking that FDA update its nutrient content claim regulations to be consistent with current federal dietary guidance. In particular, the petitioners request […]

Produce meeting series prior to EcoFarm

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will host a pre-conference organic produce meeting series in Pacific Grove, California, on January 25 at the Asilomar Conference Groups prior to the 2017 EcoFarm Conference. The event will be broken into two sessions. The morning session, led by OTA’s Celery Powder Working Group, will address the urgent need to develop an organic […]

Organic in Portland

The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Board of Directors will host a regional meeting and networking event on February 1 in Portland, Oregon. The OTA Board will be in town for Organicology and its annual winter Board meeting and retreat. Board members will use this opportunity to hear from you and your colleagues in the Pacific […]

Early bird tickets available for Annual Benefit Dinner

Start off the new year right and purchase your early bird tickets for The Organic Center’s 14th Annual Benefit Dinner, the largest business networking dinner at Natural Products Expo West. Join us to meet old friends and make new ones at this wonderful evening event, be inspired and entertained, and enjoy an organic meal—all in support of The […]

Date for import certificates pushed back

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) yesterday hosted webinars for certifying agents and importers to help them understand the new agreement between USDA and Mexico’s National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) requiring import certificates for all organic products traded between the two countries. The webinars announced that the implementation of […]

Volunteers needed at Guelph Conference

The Guelph Organic Conference is looking for 70 volunteers between January 26-29 to help run the show efficiently. Volunteers can choose from a variety of positions: workshop monitors, registration desk, coat check, coffee sales, set up, tear down, audio-visual technicians and more! This is a great opportunity to network and immerse yourself in the organic […]

2017 events & sponsorship opportunities

Join COTA in any of its upcoming campaigns, events, and promotions that will continue pushing forward the organic agenda this year. Read the overview of our major events in 2017, and find out how you can engage. Looking for an opportunity to become more engaged with the organic sector, launch new organic products or services, or […]

GreenSpace acquires Kiju

Congratulations to GreenSpace for acquiring all outstanding shares of Nothing But Nature Inc., owner of the popular Canadian organic juice brand Kiju. GreenSpace is confident it will have a strong impact on the Kiju business and hopes to see revenue growth through Kiju product line innovation and expansion, as well as strengthened relationships with its […]

OTA adds two government affairs professionals

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has announced the hiring of two experienced government affairs professionals to join its team. Kelley Poole has joined the staff to fill the role of Vice President of Government Affairs. In addition, Megan DeBates will take on the new position of Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions. Both Poole and […]