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All Things Organic and OTA Member Days @ Expo East Conference Track - Organic Trade Association
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All Things Organic and OTA Member Days @ Expo East Conference Track

 

OTA member days                        Expo East


Thursday, September 26 – Friday, September 27, 2013,
Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD


All Things Organic Conference Track
The Organic Trade Association (OTA), the leading authority on the North American organic market, will deliver a one-of-a-kind conference program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. For more information, contact Angela Jagiello or call 802.275.3831

Wednesday, September 25

8:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 301
HACCP Course
Beginning on Tuesday, OTA and NSF Training and Education, are hosting a two-day, hands-on course to provide instruction in the seven principles of HACCP, how they relate to prerequisite and organic certification programs, how to write HACCP Plans and implement HACCP in organic food environments. There is one remaining seat in the class. To register, contact Angela Jagiello or call 802.275.3831.
8:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Room 303
OTA Board Meeting
OTA welcomes members to attend and observe its Board meetings with the exception of any Executive Session. If you wish to attend the Baltimore meeting or formally address the Board, regarding a specific topic or issue, please contact OTA.
6:00 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
OTA Annual Meeting
This year, OTA will host its Annual Meeting for Members immediately preceding the Annual Awards Celebration. Come on over to the Baltimore Museum of Industry for a program on Association business and to meet OTA’s Board of Directors. Stay for cocktails and hors d' oeuvres before the Leadership Awards Celebration kicks off.
6:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Baltimore Museum of Industry
Annual Awards Celebration
Celebrate with your colleagues and honor organic achievements past, present and future during OTA’s Annual Awards Celebration at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. OTA’s 2013 Organic Leadership Awards will be presented to a passionate couple who have dedicated their lives to organic for almost three decades, a professional farmer who has advanced organic tree fruit production, and two emerging leaders on a mission to create meaningful opportunities for military veterans in organic. There are only a very small handful of seats remaining. Purchase your tickets here.

Thursday, September 26

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Room 301
Material Review Organization Accreditation: Roundtable Discussion
Please join OTA's Director of Legislative Affairs, Marni Karlin, and OTA's Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety, Gwendolyn Wyard, for a round table discussion about material review under the National Organic Program and NOSB's unanimously passed recommendation to create a system of accrediting Material Review Organizations (MROs).
8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Room 302
International Trade Forum meeting
Learn about OTA’s efforts concerning International Trade and give us your thoughts on trade barriers and where OTA should be focusing its efforts.
10:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Booth #2205
Member Hospitality Suite
OTA members can stop by OTA’s exclusive lounge (Booth #2205) anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check e-mail, and chat with the OTA staff. Meeting space will also be available on a first come first served basis.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Room 314
State of the Organic Industry
Leaders of the organic industry provide analysis of the growth, strengths and vulnerabilities of the industry in this executive-level briefing.
11:30 – 12:45 p.m.
Room 314
Organic Research Promotion Program Next Steps: Evaluating Options for a Framework
The USDA Organic seal is a common brand shared by over 17,000 organic operations in 50 states without dedicated marketing, research and development funding. OTA has facilitated a preliminary conversation to determine if there is a fair and equitable way to pool funds for the purpose of organic research and promotion. This session will explore the emerging options for a research and promotion program for organic. Don't miss this important opportunity to listen and weigh in!
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Room 314
Organic Research Promotion Program - Best in Class Research and Promotion
The organic industry is currently exploring the possibility of a research and promotion order to support organic agriculture and products. This session will look at research and marketing programs developed by other checkoff programs and the results they have achieved.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Room 315
Retail Certification
The National Organic Standards Board, a committee appointed by the USDA to advise the National Organic Program (NOP) on organic agricultural policy, will soon publish a discussion document on organic compliance and certification for retailers. Regardless of whether a retailer chooses to be certified organic, they must follow NOP rules for handling their organic products. Come learn what your store must do to preserve the integrity of organic products and be in compliance with the law.
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Room 315
Farm Bill in Brief
Congressional experts weigh in on the Farm Bill, how it will affect organic agriculture, and the programs relied on by farmers. Also hear more about the organic sector’s growing presence on the Hill, and what you can do to engage your Senators and Representatives back home.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 315
Apples and Oranges - Organic Icons at Risk.
Organic apples and oranges are iconic - staples of the produce aisle, fruit bowl and lunch box. Pending changes to organic rules, and mandatory chemical sprays to control invasive species, will reduce organic growers' options for managing diseases that can quickly devastate entire orchards. Your two best-selling organic fruits may have many differences, but they are both at risk. Learn about the current challenges and the road ahead for organic tree fruit.
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Room 314
Organic Sector Integrity
Today’s trading relies on paper or PDF certificates, limiting buyers’ abilities to verify whether a certificate is valid at a particular moment. This session will explore a number of options – governmental and private – for improving this system moving forward.
6:00 – 10:30 p.m.
Baltimore Orioles Stadium, Camden Yards
Organic PAC Fundraiser
Interested in being involved in Organic PAC? If so, you have the opportunity to spend an evening overlooking the Baltimore Orioles playing the Toronto Blue Jays from a private suite in Camden Yards. Join us for stadium fare and frosty beverages while viewing the game from left field in a climate-controlled box! Big screen televisions, high-top tables and balcony seats are just a few amenities to help you kick back and enjoy the game and the company of your fellow organic colleagues. Tickets are limited. Contact Amy Bovaird to learn how you can receive an invitation to this event.

Friday, September 27
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Room 314
Canada Organic: what you need to know
Canada's organic market has exploded and is now the world's fourth largest, as well as the top destination for US exporters. But it is also a very different environment to do business in: with a unique retail landscape and consumer base. Join the Canada Organic Trade Association as it unveils the first comprehensive study of Canada's organic market and consumer attitudes and behaviours. Canadian industry experts will also discuss recent developments in the market: including major concentration and new entrants at retail, as well as emerging trends and topics on the minds of consumers. This panel is a must-see if you do business in Canada, or plan to.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Room 319
GMO Labeling Update
Our expert panel will provide updates on the major labeling initiatives relating to GMOs, including progress on national, state and regional labeling initiatives.
10:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Booth #2205
Member Hospitality Suite
OTA members can stop by OTA’s exclusive lounge (Booth #2205) anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check e-mail, and chat with the OTA staff. Meeting space will also be available on a first come first served basis.
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Room 302
Fiber Forum Meeting
Come learn about OTA’s efforts concerning fiber matters and recent GOTS activities. Some of the many topics to be discussed include the GOTS 4.0. revision process, OTA's recent efforts on enforcement of organic fiber claims, and securing an acceptable alternative to methyl bromide for treating imported organic cotton.
11:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Room 315

What's Next: Trends in Organic
Our panel of organic prognosticators reveal their top trends to watch in 2013 and beyond.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Room 314

The Buzz on Bees…
The plight of honeybees is well documented, and their importance to agriculture is difficult to overstate. Come hear about the latest research relating to bees, as well as some innovative projects being undertaken to help them.

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.
OTA Booth #2205

Listening Session with FAS and AMS Administrators
Phil Karsting was appointed as administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), and Anne Alonzo was appointed as Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in May 2013. FAS is responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating information about global supply and demand, trade trends, and market opportunities. AMS is responsible for the oversight of policies and programs that facilitate the efficient, fair marketing of U.S. agricultural products, including food, fiber and specialty crops. Come by the OTA booth on Friday afternoon to meet these new USDA administrators.

2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Room 314

The Organic Center: Organic Research Showcase
Join Jessica Shade, PhD., The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, for an update on research relating to the human and environmental health benefits of organic.

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Room 315

Food Safety Modernization Act Update
Food Safety Modernization Act Update With the comment period having just passed for the latest round of proposed rules relating to the Food Safety Modernization Act, come hear what the major organic groups have recommended and learn about next steps for the law's implementation and the long term outlook for organic food products.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Room 314

Talk to The Organic Center: Exploring Research Needs
The Organic Center would like to hear from you about research needed in the organic sphere. Following a showcase of some of the latest academic studies pertaining to organic, share your input about what we still need to know regarding nutrition, environmental outcomes, or other benefits of organic.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Room 302

Government Affairs Forum Meeting
Join OTA’s policy staff to learn about OTA’s efforts concerning legislative matters, organic standards, and food safety. Some of the many topics to be discussed include the farm bill, FDA review of arsenic in rice, the fall 2013 NOSB agenda items, and FDA's proposed food safety regulations.

Saturday, September 28
10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Booth #2205
Member Hospitality Suite
OTA members can stop by OTA’s exclusive lounge (Booth #2205) anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check e-mail, and chat with the OTA staff. Meeting space will also be available on a first come first served basis.
 
 
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