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General Mills to acquire Annie’s

General Mills has announced it is acquiring OTA member Annie’s Inc. in a $820 million deal. According to an article in Food Navigator-USA.com, a General Mills spokesperson said that Annie’s CEO and co-founder John Foraker has agreed to stay on, and the brand will continue to operate out of its offices in Berkeley, CA.

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Obama honors organic farmers in ceremony today

Ryan and Tiffany Batalden of Lamberton, Minnesota, produce organic grains and raise livestock on their 380-acre farm in Cottonwood County. They also manage a direct-market popcorn business named Patriot Pops. They will be among those honored at a “Champions of Change” ceremony at the White House today. The ceremony aims to recognize those who “are […]

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Register now for residue sampling webinar

You can now register for OTA’s residue sampling webinar. Join OTA’s Nathaniel Lewis on August 19 from 10 a.m. to Noon PST (1– 3 p.m. EST) to learn about residue sampling under the USDA National Organic Program. This webinar is free for OTA members.  Lewis will also conduct a second webinar session on residue sampling […]

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Voting ends tomorrow!

Votes for candidates in OTA’s Board of Directors election must be cast by midnight this Wednesday, July 30. Official voting contacts for OTA member companies are reminded to cast your vote—either by paper ballot OR use the voting code that was sent to you to fill out the electronic ballot. If you want to vote […]

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OTA member feedback sought on production inputs

Over the next two years, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will review the large majority of crop, livestock, and handling inputs currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. These production and handling inputs will be reviewed by NOSB based on their “Sunset” review timelines (October of 2015, 2016 or 2017), and may not be renewed if new […]

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USDA announces $13 million in organic cost-share funding

With the implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, approximately $13 million in funding is now available for organic certification cost-share assistance nationally, making certification more accessible than ever for small certified producers and handlers. Under the provisions, $11.5 million is available to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories. An additional […]

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Don’t forget to vote

Voting has begun in OTA’s Board of Directors election, with an impressive slate of candidates on the ballot. If you are the official voting contact for your company, please make sure to cast your ballot before the election closes on July 30. You may either send back the paper ballot OR use the voting code […]

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Be part of OTA’s member news magazine

Does your company have some exciting news to share or a new product offering? The summer edition of OTA’s quarterly news magazine, The Organic Report, is now in production. There are even opportunities to place display advertising or classified ads. The deadline for placing ads or submitting news is July 24. Those signing up for […]

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Mark your calendars for OTA activities at Expo East

OTA is gearing up for Natural Products Expo East Sept. 17-20 in Baltimore, MD. The All Things Organic Conference Track will present diverse conference sessions, including the perennially popular State of the Organic Industry session, along with numerous opportunities to hear directly from those making news in organic. In addition, OTA will host its Annual […]

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OTA Annual Meeting will focus on long-term vision

OTA will host its Annual Meeting for its members immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration on Wednesday, September 17, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Please join us at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum to discuss Association business and weigh in on a collective vision for the future of the organic sector with OTA Board, staff, and […]

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