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Foster Farms Press Conference

Foster Farms, a new OTA member, has become the leader in organic poultry production on the west coast with plans for continued market expansion. Laura Batcha, OTA's CEO/Executive Director will speak at their June 3rd press conference along with California state leaders. For more information contact Maggie McNeil.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 17:15

Organic Day, Tokyo Japan

OTA is leading a consumer education activity in Japan in late October.  The program will help familiarize customers with the USDA organic seal and all our organic industry represents.  We need help developing content for all age levels, and all product categories.  Let’s get creative and collaborate on this exciting opportunity! Contact Monique Marez to learn more. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 13:00

World’s Fair Expo 2015

OTA is participating in the World’s Fair 2015 “Food 2.0” in the USA Pavilion October 5-9. A collaboration with the U.S. Department of State and the James Beard Foundation, this one-of-a-kind pavilion features a vertical farm, interactive exhibitions, and daily programming all about our food system. OTA will lead a symposium on women in organic agriculture, organic agriculture and technology, and survey consumers and buyers about their opinions on USDA certified organic products.

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 13:00 to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 19:00

OTA in Taiwan

Bob Anderson, senior trade advisor, and Monique Marez, associate director for international trade, will lead an organic diplomacy mission in Taiwan in early June.  According to the latest HTS Code report, Taiwan is a key destination for US organic exports.  Nevertheless, exporting products to Taiwan can be challenging, for example there are differences in MRL standards particular to Taiwan that impact various parts of the organic supply chain.  As such, OTA is heading to Taipei to meet with US and Taiwanese officials to discuss the current state of organic trade with the US and Taiwan, and

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 13:00 to Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 18:00

OTA in China

Monique Marez, associate director for international trade will be in Guangzhou and Shanghai, China investigating e-commerce retail options for organic products.  E-commerce is a growing retail channel in China with over 300 million Chinese consumers making purchases on-line. This is a particularly interesting channel for organic products because products sold through e-commerce do not need to be certified to the Chinese organic standards, and do not incur tariffs if fulfilled through a free trade zone.

Monday, June 1, 2015 - 13:00 to Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 18:00

Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) Strategy Meeting

On June 23-24, Marni Karlin (OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs/General Counsel), who serves as OTA’s representative on the GOTS Advisory Council, and Gwendolyn Wyard (OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs) who serves as the GOTS Technical Representative for North America, will be attending a GOTS strategy meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:15 to Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 17:15

PCO Farm Fest

Pennsylania Certified Organic's FarmFest will be help August 7-8 at the Grange Fairgrounds at 169 Homan Lane, Centre Hall, PA.

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 12:15 to Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 17:15

WEBINAR: Understanding organic labeling requirements and labeling claims

Oregon Tilith a webinar on July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm on understanding organic labeling requirements and labeling claims. OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory & Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard will present. This webinar is FREE to attend, and you can register online. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:00

WSDA Organic Advisory Board Meeting

The Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Advisory Board Meeting is Thursday May 14, 2015 (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Pacific) in Ellensburg, WA The Organic Advisory Board provides guidance to WSDA on its organic certification program and provides WSDA a forum to communicate important changes in the organic industry to key organic stakeholders in Washington State.  OTA’s Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist, Nate Lewis, currently sits on the advisory board in a designated “Industry Supporter” seat.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 13:00

Silicon Valley AgTech Conference

Royce Law AgTech will present the 2015 Silicon Valley AgTech Conference Monday, May 11, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. This event will bring together farmers, technologists, venture capitalists and governmental representatives to discuss how technology will affect farming. Among the speakers will be OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha and Lynn Clarkson from OTA member company Clarkson Grain.

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 15:30