OTA is known and respected on Capitol Hill as the voice for the organic business community. On behalf of our members, we negotiate and deliver industry recommendations, positions, and concerns to policymakers and regulators. Each week we update members about our public policy work through the News Flash e-newsletter and the Government Affairs Forum. Contact Kelley Poole, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs / General Counsel, to make sure you’re connected to these information resources.
Agri-Pulse, the nation’s leading source of farm and food policy information, held a standing-room-only Farm Bill educational summit at the National Press Club in D.C. on Monday. More than 400 D.C. food and agricultural influencers and stakeholders came to hear key congressional staffers and policymakers who will be directly involved in the creation of the […]
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this past Friday finally released theproposals and discussion documents for the spring 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting April 19-21 in Denver, CO. The deadline to submit comments and sign up for oral comments either for the April 13 webinar or at the April 19-20 meeting continues to be Thursday, March […]
The spring NOSB meeting will begin the 2019 Sunset Review of several fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments and non-organic ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. It is critical that NOSB hear from certified farmers and handlers prior to the spring meeting on whether these inputs are essential and/or necessary for organic production, or whether there are other […]
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) last week announced the renewal of 187 substances on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances to conclude the 2017 Sunset Review. These substances are allowed in organic crop and livestock production and organic handling/processing and must be reviewed every five years by the National Organic Standards Board […]
Special discount registration fee of $495 ends this Friday, March 24, for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days. In addition to saving $55 off your conference registration, there are so many reasons to register now: A full day of compelling presentations by Members of Congress, agency leaders, and other inspiring organic stakeholders Updates […]
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