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The organic sector's integrated value chain not only delivers organic products from seed to shelf, but helps to capture consumer demand for the benefit of the farmers, the economy, and the public.
Download the latest organic industry infographic
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"U.S. Organic Hotspots and their Benefit to Local Economies" is conclusive research that links economic health at the county level to organic agriculture, and shows that organic food and crop production–and the business activities accompanying organic agriculture–creates real and long-lasting regional economic opportunities.
Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies
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Join us to celebrate #OrganicLeaders!
Organic Trade Association Leadership Awards Celebration
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Wednesday, September 21 6:30 pm | Columbus Center, Baltimore, MD
Currently, one of the most pressing challenges for the U.S. organic sector is to encourage more farmers to manage more acres organically. The good news is that there are a number of exciting strategies and opportunities at hand that can help address this challenge, particularly if we work together for success.
OTA's Spring 2016 Organic Report magazine is here!
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Following the release of The Organic Center’s pollinator health report, OTA urges USDA and the White House to take action.
OTA adopts pollinator policy
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Organic sector petitions USDA for organic check-off
In a groundbreaking move for the nation’s organic sector, OTA in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core Committee has petitioned USDA for a research and promotion check-off program for organic.
OTA has spearheaded and underwritten two significant studies on organic trade in its effort to build a sound set of data for organic stakeholders and policymakers when they make their business decisions and design policy.
Benchmark studies yield key insights into global organic food trade
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OTA's Board is comprised of 15 diverse individuals, from multiple points along the supply chain, who bring an unparalleled commitment and vision to guide the future direction of OTA.
Meet OTA's Board of Directors
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OTA's mission is to promote and protect ORGANIC with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA's vision is to grow ORGANIC to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment and enhance community well-being.

OTA provides advocacy and analysis to advance organic food and farming.

OTA brings the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

OTA tracks market size, growth rates, and consumer perceptions on the $43B U.S. organic sector.

The organic sector has petitioned USDA for an Organic Check-off program.

Current Issues

Raw manure is a critical tool in organic farmers’ fertility management. See OTA's comments to FDA.

OTA submitted final comments to the National Organic Program on a proposed animal welfare rule.

The federal GMO labeling bill passed by Congress includes important provisions for organic.

Join thousands of certified organic operations who are voicing their support for an Organic Check-Off.

  • July 25, 2016
    National Press Foundation Boot Camp

    National Press Foundation Boot Camp

    Monday, July 25, 2016 - 9:15am

    OTA will sponsor an organic boot camp for journalists during the National Press Foundation's 4-day training on The Future of Food and Agriculture. On July 25, 2016, OTA will lead a tour of an organic farm, followed by a presentation on organic. Over four days, journalists will dive into a range of topics, taking them from the fields to the dinner table to a peek into the future of agriculture. 

    The all-expenses-paid fellowship covers airfare, ground transportation, hotel costs and most meals. NPF offers this professional development opportunity for journalists to enhance skills, increase knowledge and recharge their reporting on one of today’s most critical issues. 

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  • September 21, 2016
    OTA Annual Membership Meeting

    OTA Annual Membership Meeting

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 -
    5:30pm to 6:30pm

    OTA’s Annual Meeting is one of the many important events OTA has on tap for its members as part of Natural Products Expo East. OTA is your trade association, and we encourage you to come listen, share your ideas, and get involved in our work. Hosted by OTA’s Board of Directors, the Annual Meeting highlights Association accomplishments and invites members to weigh in on a collective vision for the future of the organic sector. The program is always productive, interesting, and interactive. Our Annual Meeting is also where we announce “OTA’s Member of the Year” award to recognize engaged long-time members who actively serve on OTA task forces and standing committees, participate in OTA events, and serve as overall ambassadors for OTA and the industry. You don’t need a ticket to come to the Annual Meeting, and stay for complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to our ticketed celebration honoring the 2016 Organic Leadership Award recipients. Both OTA’s Annual Meeting and the Annual Awards Celebration that follows will be held off-site in Baltimore’s Columbus Center.

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  • September 21, 2016
    OTA Annual Awards Celebration

    OTA Annual Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:30pm
    OTA hosts a perennially popular, always fun and undeniably inspirational event in Baltimore on the night before the Expo East conference and tradeshow begins. Each year, we recognize organic visionaries who are transforming our sector in the backdrop of a beautiful and unique event space over a delicious organic dinner.
     
    With 300 organic executives in attendance, this Wednesday night party is your best bet to network and start the show off right. OTA's Annual Awards Celebration is recognized as not just the best organic meal in town but also the chance to be among the best organic company. Tickets usually sell out for this favorite event, so don’t miss out. 
     

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

    6:30 - 10:00 PM

    Columbus Center: 701 E. Pratt Street

    Baltimore, MD
     

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The Canada Organic Trade Association promotes the organic sector, educates the public and protects organic product integrity. COTA raises public awareness of the diverse Canadian organic industry through initiatives like national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer campaign. Member participation ensures that COTA will continue to be a strong voice for organic—to governments, consumers and the media.

The Organic Center is a trusted, go-to source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming. As a non-profit research and education organization, The Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in the current knowledge base about the many benefits of organic food and farming.

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