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Organic supply chain featured at Policy Conference reception

Attendees to next week’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the organic industry’s supply chain excellence. Farmer Ray Williams from Williams Hudson Bay Farms (Milton-Freewater, OR), who grows organic grains, seeds, and livestock on his family’s farm, will be attending the Policy Conference with the help of a […]

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FTC to conduct study on consumer perception of organic claims

The deadline to submit comments on the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) notice and request for public comment is quickly approaching. FTC is requesting feedback on its proposed plans to conduct research to explore consumer perception of environmental marketing claims such as “organic” and “pre-consumer recycled content.”  The comment deadline is May 27. The study is intended to enhance FTC’s understanding of […]

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Bhutanese dignitary to address OTA Policy Conference

The Kingdom of Bhutan made headlines in 2012 when it declared its goal of becoming the first nation in the world to convert to a 100 percent organic agricultural system. Bhutan’s National Organic Program Coordinator Kesang Tshomo leads the team supporting this vision, advocating for organic farming and processing techniques, and facilitating market development for […]

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Summit will draw organic farmers, buyers to D.C.

OTA’s upcoming Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days May 21-22 will draw organic farmers from all across the United States to engage in a conversation between organic producers and processors on organic grain supplies. The goal is to discuss contract models to help ensure a steady supply of grain for processors, a less volatile market price […]

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FTC Senior Enforcement Attorney to speak at Policy Conference

Laura Koss, a Senior Attorney at the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC’s) Enforcement Division, will speak about FTC’s role in regulating organic product claims at OTA’s Policy Conference May 21 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The National Organic Program (NOP) lacks the legal authority to enforce organic claims beyond the realm of food. That leaves […]

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Darci Vetter to address OTA’s Policy Conference

This year’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days feature a robust agenda for international trade issues. Just in: Darci Vetter, President Barack Obama’s current nominee for Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR)—a role carrying the rank of U.S. Ambassador, has been confirmed as a speaker! Vetter will address the […]

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Appropriations process

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee got started on its appropriations process, approving the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill, and the Legislative Branch appropriations bill.  House Appropriations Committee Chair Hal Rogers (R-KY) has indicated he intends to get all 12 appropriations bills out of Committee before the July 4 recess. The Senate Appropriations Committee […]

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FAC Summit to convene at OTA’s Policy Conference

In 2013, OTA established its Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) to formalize two-way communication between OTA and member producers as well as regional organic producer organizations across the country. FAC gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence OTA’s policy and advocacy work. As part of FAC’s self-identified work plan priorities for 2014, OTA’s Policy Conference […]

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OTA and partners call for GMO labeling this week in D.C.

OTA co-hosted, along with Just Label It, the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety and others, a fly-in April 7-8 to lobby for GMO labeling.  Many of our members were in town to take to the Hill to advocate for GMO labeling.  In addition, we plan to include GMO labeling issues in our “asks” […]

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Be part of OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visits

Be a part of OTA’s Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days May 21-22 in Washington, D.C.  This year’s event will again be held at the Newseum and at the Hall of the States, OTA’s home in Washington, D.C. Aside from attending, there are several opportunities for companies to support this important industry event. One popular option […]

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