The Organic Center and the Organic Trade Association today gave a joint briefing to Congress covering emerging science on organic issues and organic food and farming research needs. The briefing included details about the recent nutritional study led by Newcastle University as well as research concerning citrus greening. The briefing looked at the mechanisms behind […]
During the May 2014 Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Summit at OTA’s Policy Conference, the group developed an idea of studying the factors that affect the trends of organic acreage conversion as its top priority. OTA staff is now actively working on developing a research project involving universities and agricultural economists to delineate forces that foster […]
Whether you are preparing for a meeting on Capitol Hill or are interested in learning more about the organic “asks” at this year’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days, OTA’s advocacy materials are available online for download: 2014 Infographic highlighting the latest industry statistics from across the sector Map of U.S. certified organic operations Appropriations […]
OTA’s recent 2014 Policy Conference featured a robust panel of keynote speakers, including U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and many other thought-provoking leaders. Video stream recordings from the conference sessions are now available. Please click the links to the right of speaker headshots to be redirected to OTA’s YouTube channel.
OTA held its annual Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days in Washington, D.C. last week. Here are a few of the highlights: Record-breaking attendance of nearly 200 individuals from 100 distinct organizations representing every facet of the organic value chain A robust conference featuring U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, and […]
As expected, last week’s media highlights centered around OTA’s Policy Conference. The conference itself received very good coverage from eight widely-read, DC-based reporters, including Bloomberg, Politico, Agri-Pulse, Food Safety News, The National Journal and the Bureau of National Affairs. Three of the reporters – Politico, Agri-Pulse and Food Safety News – stayed the day and […]
The Organic Center hosted a science session during OTA’s Policy Conference last week in Washington D.C. Panelists in attendance at the meeting included Professor Jane Dever of Texas A & M University, Mathieu Ngouajio (Program Manager at USDA-NIFA), Brise Tencer (Executive Director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation), and Chris Messer (Chief of the Census […]
A large part of OTA’s Policy Conference will be available via live web stream. If you can’t make it to D.C. you can still watch our keynote speakers, including OTA Executive Director Laura Batcha, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Kesang Tshomo – National Organic Programme Coordinator for the Kingdom of Bhutan, […]
COTA representatives are in Washington, D.C. this week to participate in OTA board meetings and the OTA Policy Conference. While there, COTA board members, staff and participating member companies will meet with officials at the Canadian Embassy in Washington to discuss Canada-U.S. trade issues and developments in the sector.
Only a few seats remain for OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days in Washington, D.C., May 21-22. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the newsmakers in organic and represent your industry on Capitol Hill. Speakers will include U.S. Department of Agriculture officials, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and even an inspirational organic leader from […]