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The OTA Calendar is full of events that are either organized or attended by OTA. We are pleased to organize and support dozens of events that advance organic agriculture and trade throughout the year. Some of these are signature OTA events hosted for members, while others are regional, national, or international conferences where OTA staff are featured keynotes and panelists. Whether we’re bringing the latest news and trends about the organic industry to diverse audiences, sponsoring business networking gatherings, or hosting listening sessions to gather feedback from the sector, you can count on OTA to be part of the action. 

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  • Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm
    USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

    USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

    Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

    The United States Department of Agriculture's 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place February 23-24, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The theme will be "A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture." The Organic Trade Association's CEO Laura Batcha and Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis will both be speaking. Registration is now open!

    Schedule:

    TRACK: Marketing and Consumer Driven Practices | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Session 20 : Marketing-driven Changes in Agricultural Production

    Moderator: Laura Batcha, Executive Director, Organic Trade Association

    Topic 1: Slow-growing Chickens
    Speaker: Bruce Stewart-Brown, Sr. VP Food Safety and Quality, Perdue Farms 

    Topic 2: Antibiotic-free Animal Agriculture
    Speaker: George Siemon, Chief Executive Officer, Organic Valley

    Topic 3: Elimination of Gestation Crates for Hogs
    Speaker: Stewart Leeth, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield

     

    The United States Department of Agriculture's 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place February 23-24, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The theme will be "A New Hori...
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
    Natural Products Expo West

    Natural Products Expo West

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:00am to Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 6:00pm

    Natural Products Expo West will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. OTA will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with the trade show. This exciting week in Anaheim serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. We look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events including The Organic Center's Annual Benefit Dinner. Contact Tracy Campany to learn more.

    FULL SCHEDULE OF OTA EVENTS AT EXPO WEST

    Natural Products Expo West will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. OTA will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction wi...
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 11:00pm
    The Organic Center's 14th Annual Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center's 14th Annual Benefit Dinner

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
    6:00pm to 11:00pm

    TicketsSponsorships and VIP Reserved Tables Are Still Available

    Don't miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to be inspired and entertained, and to enjoy a fantastic organic meal – all in support of The Organic Center. This event is located at the Marriot Hotel in Anaheim, CA. 

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    Tickets, Sponsorships and VIP Reserved Tables Are Still Available Don't miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West. Come to meet old friends and make new ...
  • Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:15pm
    Farm Bill Educational Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse

    Farm Bill Educational Summit hosted by Agri-Pulse

    Monday, March 20, 2017 - 3:15pm

    Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, will hold a Farm Bill Educational Summit at the National Press Club on March 20. The Organic Trade Association will be one of the sponsors of the event, and OTA CEO, Laura Batcha, will be on a panel to talk about organic and the opportunities it offers. The event will be attended by key congressional staffers and policy makers who will be directly involved in the creation of the 2018 Farm Bill.

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    Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, will hold a Farm Bill Educational Summit at the National Press Club on March 20. The Organic Trade Association will be on...
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 6:00pm
    National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Spring Meeting

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information including agendas, locations, recommendations, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
    1550 Court Pl
    Denver, CO, 80202
    1-888-627-8405

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, ...
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

    Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Save the date! The Organic Trade Association's 2017 Policy Conference will take place in Washington D.C., May 22-25, 2017. 

    OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. headquarters this spring to take part in these important discussions about the future of organic, and to help raise the profile of organic on Capitol Hill.  

    The week's activities include:

    • Organic Trade Association Policy Conference - Wednesday May 24
    • Hill Visits
    • Member Meetings
    • Congressional Reception
    • Capitol Fun Run
    • Organic PAC Fundraiser
    OTA's Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days are co-located with The Organic Center Confluences Summit (May 22- 23).
     
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    Save the date! The Organic Trade Association's 2017 Policy Conference will take place in Washington D.C., May 22-25, 2017.  OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. head...
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:30pm
    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 5:30pm

    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Center’s 2017 Organic Confluences Conference: A Summit to Turn Environmental Evidence into Policy Practice will take place Monday and Tuesday May 22-23 at the Hall of the States, Washington, D.C. The summit is held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C. This year's summit will bring together scientists, policymakers, farmers and industry to connect research on the environmental benefits of organic farming practices with policy to improve the sustainability of U.S agriculture. Scientists from across the United States will present the latest research on how organic farming practices benefit soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and pollinators, and can contribute to climate change mitigation. To see some of the highlights presented at last year's summit, visit The Organic Center's website. Please contact The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs Jessica Shade with questions. 

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    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Center’s 2017 Organic Confluences Conference: A Summit to Turn Environmental Evidence into Policy Practice will take place Monday and Tuesday May 22-23 at th...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 16, 2017. This exciting week in Baltimore serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. From our our annual Membership Meeting to the All Things Organic conference series, we look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events again during Expo East 2017. 

    Check out our full schedule of activities   

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday,...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    OTA's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together to honor the 2017 Leadership Award winners. We will also host OTA’s annual membership meeting. If you are looking for a fun and memorable way to kick off Natural Products Expo East, then you won’t want to miss this incredible night.

    Registration will open in 2017. 

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    OTA's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together to honor the 2...

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