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Organic Week D.C.
June 8-10, 2020

BIG NEWS! We've partnered with Food Tank to bring you a summit on the “Future of Organic” to Organic Week.

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Make an Impact

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.

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Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions Program

Organic Trade Association members may now voluntarily pre-enroll in an organic fraud prevention program to help minimize or eliminate organic fraud.

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Meet your Board!

Meet the Organic Trade Association’s democratically- elected leadership.

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And if you buy organic, you'll never have to

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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.

Our priorities: healthy markets, successful farmers, expanded production.

We bring the U.S. organic industry to developing markets around the world.

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

We want more research, more technical assistance, and more education on organic.

Current Issues

We have urged USDA to publish the final rule on Origin of Livestock in our Dec. 2 comments.

Be an early adopter and pre-enroll to help eliminate organic fraud.

Learn more about how organic priorities fared in the 2018 Farm Bill.

Motion for summary judgment states USDA acted unlawfully in withdrawing livestock standards.

  • January 22, 2020 to January 25, 2020
    EcoFarm Conference

    EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference, January 22 - 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. This Conference will feature 70+ groundbreaking workshops, keynote speakers, farm tours, exhibitors, seed swaps, live music, organic culinary fare, and an annual awards banquet. As the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success as stewards of the earth.

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking at the following Workshop at the Conference: 

    Safeguarding Organic from Fraud Workshop | January 23, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    The global organic market is now almost $90 billion annually, with the U.S. organic market alone accounting for $50 billion. Fraud is a huge threat to the organic market, and cannot be tolerated. In this session participants will learn about actions being taken at the local, national, and global level to prevent organic fraud. Panelists will discuss compliance monitoring; improving import oversight, certification and inspection protocols; and solidifying specific sections of the USDA organic regulations to protect organic integrity and bolster trust in the USDA Organic label. Participants will also learn what to do when they detect fraud, and how to file an actionable complaint to USDA’s National Organic Program.

    The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, will be speaking at the following sessions at the Conference: 

    Farmer-Inspired Research | January 23, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Whole-farm organic systems are hard to study scientifically, but some farmers and researchers are up to the challenge. This session will highlight one particular project at Phil Foster’s ranch, where after 30 or more years of farming, most vegetable diseases have disappeared or declined substantially. A unique research method, using big data sets of multi-sourced evidence, reveals the links between organic farming and disease suppression. Other farmer-driven projects will also be discussed, involving participatory research on subjects such as manure safety, biodiversity tracking, and organic control for citrus greening disease. When farmers are involved in planning and implementing research, the outcomes are more relevant and informative! 

    Citrus Greening Listening Session | January, 23, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Sanderling 
    Come be a part of developing a research project focused on providing much-needed knowledge and relief to organic citrus growers! This discussion group will address the challenges associated with growing organic citrus in the face of citrus greening. We will discuss concerns around citrus greening, experiences with materials and non-chemical methods of preventing or controlling the Asian citrus psyllid and the HLB bacterial infection, and research that is most needed for growers across citrus growing regions in the United States. This project is part of an OREI planning grant that was recently awarded from the USDA to a team including non-profits, academic researchers, and governmental agencies.  The information from this listening session will be used to develop a large-scale holistic project proposal targeted toward protecting organic citrus growers from citrus greening, slowing the spread, and reducing damage to currently infected groves.

    Organic Trade Association Representative, Melody Meyer, will be moderating the following session at the Conference: 

    Reducing Plastics in the Produce Department | January 24, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    While organic is the baseline for doing good, there is a growing demand to do more about the packaging used to grow, wrap and protect the products we consume. In this session, panelists will showcase innovative actions and programs aimed at reducing and/or eliminating the waste and toxicity of plastic packaging. We’ll look at the amount of plastic used to grow and ship organic produce and the emerging issue of “clean packaging.” Growers, handlers and retailers will hear examples of programs and opportunities to help start or further a program of their own. Consumers will leave with a call to action and a greater awareness of what to look for.

    Conference Information: 

    January 22-25, 2020

    Pacific Grove, CA 

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference, Januar...
  • February 12, 2020 to February 15, 2020
    BIOFACH

    BIOFACH

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 5:00pm

    BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, is taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the perfect opportunity for visiting professionals to meet organic producers from the organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends.

    Organic Trade Association will host 15 U.S. organic companies at BIOFACH, and will also participate in the following education sessions and meetings at the show: 

    Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) Workshop | Wednesday, February 11 | 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, and VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be participating in this pre-BioFach workshop and present outcomes from a recent residue testing project. 

    North American Market Update | Thursday, February 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

    Fraud Prevention Solutions Panel | Thursday, February 13 | 1:00 p.m - 2:45 p.m.
    This session will cover fraud, gaps and loopholes – private and public counteractions and enforcement. Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be presenting. 

    Harmonization of Consumer Data | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 
    In the session, short presentations of national organic consumer data collection approaches and concepts for data collection at international level will be presented. The session will close with a discussion round on harmonization opportunities. Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, will be speaking in this session. 

    EU and USDA Changes in the Regulation for Trade and Processing | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    EU and USDA are fully acting on new organic regulation requirements for certification, import-export, extra measures for organic integrity. How does it work out for international trade and processing? What about consequences for equivalence between EU and USDA? And what is the private sector developing to improve integrity of international organic supply. Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

    Challenges for 100% Organic in EU: The Burden of Unharmonised Residue Handling | Friday, February 14 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
    A general introduction on the market-developments and perspectives of organic by prof Hamm of Kassel University and a detailed look to the challenge of integrity in organic (with a close look to the residue topic) by specialist from research, CB's and companies. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking in this session. 

    U.S. Regulatory Update: What's New for Companies Exporting to North America | Friday, February 14 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    This session will provide an overview of the organic regulatory framework and also discuss the Food Modernization Act (FSMA). Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be speaking in this session. 

    Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, to learn more and connect at the show!

    Trade Fair Information:

    February 12-15, 2020 

    Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

    Nuremberg, Germany

    BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, is taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Nu...
  • March 3, 2020 to March 7, 2020
    Natural Products Expo West

    Natural Products Expo West

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunities to bring people together for business, networking, and socializing at Natural Products Expo West, taking place March 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. 

    The Organic Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Dinner
    March 4, 2020  |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Anaheim Marriott 

    Join us for the The Organic Center's 17th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic and premier executive-level networking event at Natural Products Expo West! On March 4, 2020, we welcome back Chef Megan Mitchell, a returning fan-favorite. Megan is a seasoned chef and internet personality who's worked with the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Tastemade. She wowed us last year with her contemporary cuisine and she’s cooking up something special for this year’s 500+ guests. You’ll enjoy a delicious menu created by Chef Megan, featuring incredible organic ingredients. Secure your sponsorship soon to have your product featured on the menu! Contact Cassandra Christine for more information on sponsorship and VIP table packages.

    Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings
    March 4-5, 2020 | Anaheim Convention Center 

    The Organic Trade Association will again partner with Food Export Midwest to bring a diverse set of buyers to Expo West from around the world. We will be organizing 1 on 1 meetings for U.S. organic companies with buyers from a variety of foreign markets. Meetings will take place on March 4 - 5 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Register here! For more information on this Buyers Mission and OTA's other international activities, contact Alexis Carey.

    Organic Education at Expo West

    The Organic Trade Association will deliver educational programming on the issues that impact your organic business. Sessions will hit all the hot topics in the industry and are sure to spark conversation. More details on 2020 sessions coming soon! Contact Angela Jagiello for more information. 

    What’s new at OTA? Visit booth #1821 to learn more!
    March 5-7, 2020  |  Anaheim Convention Center  | Booth #1821

    Be sure to visit our booth and member lounge at the 2020 Natural Products Expo West trade show! Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help you expand your business overseas, or understanding what OTA is doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you. Contact Danielle Cote to setup a meeting with us at the show! 

    The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunitie...
  • June 8, 2020 to June 10, 2020
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

    ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION’S ORGANIC WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
    JUNE 8-10, 2020 | INTERCONTINENTAL—AT THE WHARF ON D.C.’s WATERFRONT

    THREE DAYS. ONE LOCATION. COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS.
    From congressional hearings on the Hill to action at USDA, policies and positions in Congress and on the campaign trail will shape the 2020 organic agenda. Don’t fall behind. The Organic Trade Association’s 2020 Organic Week in Washington, D.C. will offer clarity on what’s happening now and how you can prepare for the future.
    Whether you’re fresh off the tractor or right out of the boardroom, Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy. Join us for an unprecedented 72-hours in the nation’s capital to advance organic policy priorities and discuss the future of organic.

    THREE DAYS

    Day 1 will have you rolling up your sleeves and finding solutions (Monday, June 8)
    MEMBER DAY starts with a workshop on repairing the public-private partnership and advancing continuous improvement in organic. It’s been 30 years since Congress passed the law that established the national organic program. What should the future of organic look like for the next 30 years? A day of roundtable discussions and thought provoking breakouts will be finished off by a networking reception and celebratory dinner honoring our inspirational Leadership Award winners.

    Day 2 will leave you inspired (Tuesday, June 9)
    CONFERENCE DAY is a powerful gathering of hundreds of organic industry leaders, coalition partners and government officials. You’ll learn what’s really at stake and how to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact organic. An optional evening boat tour from the Wharf will support elected leaders who make organic food, fiber and farming a priority in policy decisions.

    Day 3 will have you on your feet (Wednesday, June 10)
    ADVOCACY DAY is a meaningful way to lend your voice and help educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of organic. Members will work in small teams to attend hundreds of pre-scheduled meetings across Capitol Hill. We’ll toast a full day of advocating for organic with cocktails and appetizers, side by side with policy makers, during our Congressional Reception.

    Monday’s Member Day workshops and Wednesday’s Advocacy Day meetings are offered exclusively to Organic Trade Association Members. To learn more about the many benefits of membership contact the Organic Trade Association.

    ONE LOCATION

    The InterContinental at the Wharf in Washington, D.C. is the Organic Week headquarters hotel where all activities will be based. Book our Residency Package to enhance your opportunities to meet with colleagues, share experiences and enjoy the convenience of one central location (that’s right, no Uber’s needed).

    Ranked #1 on Conde Nast Traveler's best D.C. hotels, the InterContinental is located on the Potomac River with incredible views in D.C.’s recently revitalized Southwest waterfront promenade. Organic Week attendees will settle in to this beautiful location to learn together and work together.  You will be steps away from award winning restaurants and bars, recreational activities, a newly opened concert hall and D.C.’s original fish market. When you book the Organic Week Residency Package, you get luxurious accommodations and tremendous convenience. All workshops, meetings, and conference sessions will be held on-site, making it easy to return to your room for breaks (or work).


    The Organic Week Residency Package gives you the VIP experience and full access to: Member Day Workshops + Leadership Awards Dinner + Annual Membership Meeting + Conference Day + Advocacy Day + Congressional Reception + 4 nights’ at the InterContinental + all organic food and beverage.

    COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS

    Organic Week in Washington D.C. is a one of a kind opportunity to gain strategic insights, new advocacy tools and valuable personal connections. There will be countless opportunities for connecting with attendees and sponsors whether at the rooftop pool, the hotel bar, or during our exclusive networking breakfasts.
    Join us for the event that unites the entire organic sector to take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities.

    Registration will be opening soon. Interested in sponsorship? Contact Cassandra Christine, Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, to learn more about Organic Week 2020 sponsorship opportunites. 

     

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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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