OTA is still seeking nominations through the end of this week for three awards:
- The Growing Organic Industry award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to growing the organic industry via work in such areas as consumer education and marketing, new market development, public relations, standards development, advocacy, and research.
- The Organic Farmer of the Year award recognizes a professional farmer who has made significant contributions to supporting and advancing organic agriculture and trade at the farm level, such as increasing the amount of land under organic management, expanding the number of farmers using organic practices, or advancing organic agriculture through farm policy advocacy, community education, or innovative land stewardship and technical practices.
- The Rising Star award recognizes an emerging leader who has distinguished himself or herself professionally due to pursuit, zeal or notable advancements to programs, initiatives, new categories, or product development promoting the growth, sustainability or influence of organic agriculture and trade.
The awards will be presented in the fall at OTA’s Annual Awards Gala during Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore. Selection criteria and downloadable nomination forms are available on OTA’s website. All nominations and letters of endorsement must be submitted by May 30. For more information, contact Tessa Young, OTA’s Director of Communications.