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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 Our Board of Directors
OTA’s consumer survey takes an in-depth look at the buying patterns of American households, who buys organic products, what products are being bought, the reasons behind those decisions, and the purchase patterns of the organic consumer.
Latest Organic Consumer Data
As of September 13, 2017, the Organic Trade Association has taken action to defend the organic seal and organic standards by filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock standards.
OTA sues USDA over animal welfare standards
The Organic Center and Northeastern University have released a breakthrough study showing that organic cuts agriculture’s contribution to climate change!
Organic can help mitigate climate change!
OTA’s members work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.
Join the Organic Trade Association today!
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
A vibrant conference featured a number of industry leaders and government officials who shares their perspectives on the critical issues confronting U.S. agriculture and its growing organic sector.
Policy Conference Keynote Speeches Now Available
Keynote speeches now available
OTA has spearheaded and underwritten 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. The latest report is now available for download.
Just Released U.S. Organic Trade Data Report: 2011 to 2016
"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
The Organic Trade Association'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 priorities: healthy markets, successful farmers, expanded production.

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

OTA tracks market size, growth, and consumer perceptions on the nearly $50B U.S. organic sector.

OTA supports a nationwide research and promotion check-off program for organic.

Current Issues

Organic Trade Association has filed a lawsuit over failure to advance organic livestock standards.

Read the Organic Trade Association's final comments on NOSB agenda topics.

Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force to address supply chain vulnerability.

Read Organic Trade Assocation's comments to USDA on the establishment of a GMO labeling standard.

  • October 31, 2017 to November 2, 2017
    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

    For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    October 31-November 2, 2017

    Omni Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department ...
  • March 8, 2018
    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

    Save the Date! The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018.  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. 

    Learn more

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    Save the Date! The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 8,...
  • May 21, 2018 to May 24, 2018
    Organic Week DC: Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

    Organic Week DC: Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Week D.C. will take place in Washington D.C., May 21-24, 2018. 

    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:

    Monday (all day) + Tuesday (morning), May 21-22
    The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit at USDA 

    Tuesday (afternoon), May 22
    Organic Trade Association Member Working Sessions at The Hall of the States

    Wednesday, May 23
    Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, May 24
    Organic Trade Association Policy Conference at the historic National Press Club

    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 2018 Organic Week D.C. will take place in Washington ...
  • May 21, 2018 to May 22, 2018
    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:30pm

    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Center’s 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday and Tuesday May 21-22 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 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday an...

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.