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Organic Leadership Awards

Phil LaRocca, LaRocca Vineyards
2017 ORGANIC FARMER OF THE YEAR AWARD
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Peggy Sutton, To Your Health Sprouted Flour
2017 RISING STAR AWARD
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Bob Anderson, Sustainable Strategies
2017 GROWING THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY AWARD
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OTA’s Annual Organic Leadership Awards recognize individuals who have shown leadership and vision in furthering the goals of the organic movement. The awards are presented at OTA’s Annual Awards Celebration as the kick off to Natural Products Expo East.

Alert2017 Honorees have been announced. Read OTA's Press Release and learn more about the Honorees.
 


OTA’s Board of Directors determines the categories and criteria for each year’s awards. In 2017, OTA will present awards in the following three categories: 
 

GROWING THE ORGANIC INDUSTRY

Nominees are “game-changers” who have made significant contributions to growing the organic industry through leadership and action in areas such as consumer education and marketing, new market development, public relations, standards development, advocacy, and research. Submit nomination. 
 

ORGANIC FARMER OF THE YEAR

Nominees are professional farmers* who have made significant contributions to support and advance organic agriculture and trade at the farm level, such as increasing the amount of land under organic management, expanding the number of farmers using organic practices, or advancing organic agriculture through farm policy advocacy, community education, or innovative land stewardship and technical practices. Submit nomination. 
 
*For the purposes of the OTA Leadership Award, a farmer is defined as someone who: 
  • Owns, leases, or is a partner in an organic farm; 
  • and has a full-time functional role as an organic farmer;
  • and derives their primary income from an organic farm. 
     

RISING STAR 

Nominees are emerging leaders who have distinguished themselves professionally for their pursuit, zeal or notable advancements to programs, initiatives, new categories, or product development that promotes the growth, sustainability, or influence of organic agriculture and trade. Submit nomination. 

Past Honorees               OTA Annual Awards Celebration              Selection Procedure             Submit a Nomination Now! 


General Criteria

In making an award, OTA considers individuals who have:

  • Demonstrated skill, innovation, personal commitment, leadership and vision beyond the professional competence and requirements of the position for which s/he was employed.
  • Achieved identifiable and lasting changes to promote and protect organic agriculture and trade.
  • Inspired and persuaded others to act to advance the cause of organic agriculture and trade.

Nominations will only be accepted in writing and must use the questions on the nomination form to list the major contributions and activities of the nominee relating to the year’s award category and selection criteria. Nominations may not be made anonymously. Letters of endorsement to the nomination are encouraged.


Contact

Tessa Young
Vice President, Communications
(202) 403-8642

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