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Member Councils, Forums and Task Forces

Our Member Communities provide Organic Trade Association members with opportunities to get connected to conversations, issues, and action that impact their business. 
 
Member Forums, Sector Councils and Task Forces offer members a variety of ways to participate without having to make long-term commitments, encourage communication among and between our diverse membership, and promote work that is aligned with the Organic Trade Association’s overall strategy and vision for promoting and protecting organic food and farming. 
Sector Councils
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Learn about our Sector Councils
  • Councils build community among groups of like members to provide ongoing opportunities for networking, leadership development, education, information development, and sharing.
  • Sector Councils are required to meet at least twice per year and to submit an annual report to the Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors.
  • Sector Councils are not policy setting groups.
  • Each Sector Council has a dedicated staff liaison, who will not negate the duties of elected council leadership. S
  • Sector Councils adhere to an election process for leadership positions, occurring once two years.
  • Leadership positions in Sector Councils are held for the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary.

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Find the right Sector Council for your business

Dairy Council

Dietary Supplements
Council

Fiber Council

Grains Council

Retailer Council

 

 

Don't see your sector represented in our active Councils? Read more about how our Councils begin and how you could start your own. 

Join the Farmers Advisory Council
Established in 2013, Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) was designed to formalize and improve communication between the Organic Trade Association and organic producers. FAC provides the Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors and staff with input from small- and medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers, and growers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda. Through open dialogue, FAC gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence and enable the Association to better represent the diversity of organic producers in its policy and advocacy.
 

The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council is one of the largest coalitions of organic farmers and organic farming organizations in the United States. It represents nearly 8,000 organic livestock, poultry, grain, and specialty crop producers.

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Member Forums
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Learn about our Member Forums
  • Forums offer informal, on-going conversation on issues of common interest.
  • Members use Forums to network with peers, seek answers to questions, share their expertise, provide advice, and discuss common challenges.
  • The Organic Trade Association has six Member Forums covering diverse topics such as international trade, marketing, and sustainability.

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Sign up to receive important organic information

Click on the images to sign up for any of our forums.

Farm Supplies Forum

 

Fiber & Textiles
Forum

Ingredients Forum

 

International Trade
Forum

Personal Care Forum

 

U.S. Government
Affairs Forum

 

 

 

 

Task Forces
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Learn more about Task Forces
  • Task Forces are time-bound, task-charged, and outcome-focused groups charged with accomplishing a definite objective.
  • Task Forces can be convened by the board, staff, or members in order to recommend a course of action or accomplish a specific objective.
  • Task Forces may work within an approved structure to recommend policy setting for the Association.

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Contact 

Libby Mucciarone
Member Engagement and Education Manager
(202) 403-864