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USDA Informational Session - Organic Certification Cost Share

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is hosting an information session and stakeholder workshop on the Organic Certification Cost Share Programs on April 28, 2016. The objective of the session is to share information on the current state of the program and discuss a proposal for improving the program, including the potential for Farm Service Agency involvement in program implementation. Currently, two organic certification cost share programs are available to assist certified organic operations in defraying the costs associated with organic certification.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 10:00 to 12:00

National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 08:00 to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 19:00

Portland's Bounty: B Corp + OTA Networking Event

OTA member Grady Britton will host "Portland's Bounty: B Corp + OTA Networking Event" in Portland, OR on April 7 from 5-7 PM. Portland (and Oregon) is home to some of the finest natural & organic food and drink in the land. Come network with local B Corps, Organic Trade Association (OTA) members, and other local companies who are interested in Oregon's thriving food and beverage industry. There will be food, drinks, music and a raffle of B Corp prizes too!

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 20:00

Cuba Organic Research Trip

OTA CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will join U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and a group of U.S. organic food producers and advocates on a trip to Cuba May 2-7. The group, including OTA Members from Honest Tea, Global Organics, and other companies, will spend five days on the island, meeting with Cuba’s agriculture minister, touring farms and restaurants, and talking about opportunities for both imports and exports between Cuba and North America. The trip is being sponsored by the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which favors normalizing relations with Cuba.

Monday, May 2, 2016 - 09:45 to Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 17:00

Food Tank Summit

Food Tank, in partnership with American University, is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Washington, D.C. Food Tank Summit April 20-21, 2016. This two-day event will feature more than 70 different speakers from the food and agriculture field.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 09:15 to Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 17:00

Specialty Food Association North Bay Certification Panel and Peer Discussion

The Specialty Food Association will hold a North Bay Certification Panel and Peer Discussion on March 28th at The General's Daugher in Sonoma, CA. OTA's CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will be one of the panelists speaking about the opportunities and challenges of certification. The educational panel will be followed by Q&A and peer networking. To learn more, contact Laura

Panelists include:

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 15:00 to 17:00

Organic Egg Farmers of America Annual Symposium

The Organic Egg Farmers of America's Annual Symposium will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 15th 2016. The organization will bring in a number of industry experts to touch on an assortment of topics relating to organic egg production. OTA's Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis will be presenting an OTA update from 9:15-10:00. To learn more, please contact Nate.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 09:00

Michigan Organic Food and Farming Alliance Organic Intensive

Michigan Organic Food and Farming Alliance will offer an Organic Intensive March 10th 2016. Organic Intensives are an opportunity to acquire practical, detailed information from experts and practitioners over the course of a day with fellow Michigan farmers and gardeners. OTA's Senior Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis will be speaking on the organic certification process and planning organic systems. To connect with OTA at the intensive, please contact Nate



Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 09:00

Washington State Dept of Agriculture Organic Advisory Board Meeting

The Washington State Dept of Agriculture Organic Advisory Board Meeting will take place March 4th in Olympia, 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.

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 09:30

Organic Council of Ontario Annual General Meeting

The Organic Council of Ontario will hold its annual meeting Thursday, March 24th 2016. Marni Karlin, OTA's Vice President of Government Affairs, will discuss the consultation process and regulatory changes that the Organic Trade Association facilitated culminating in the creation of GRO Organic, the proposed Generic Research and Promotions Order for the Organic Sector.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 09:00