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CCOF Focus Group: Economic Barriers to Organic Transition

OTA's CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will participate in a CCOF hosted focus group on the economic barriers for farmers transitioning to organic production on June 22 in Watsonville, California. The focus group participants will discuss regulatory, subsidy, and private industry models that support the transition of agricultural land to organic production.

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 12:00

National Organic Standards Board Meeting

The Fall 2015 National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) meeting will be held in Stowe, Vermont from October 26-29. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard and check back often as details unfold to learn more about the meeting. 

Monday, October 26, 2015 - 14:30 to Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 19:30

United Fresh 2015

The United Fresh 2015 Show will be held from June 8-10 in Chicago, IL. OTA's CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will deliver a presentation titled "Why an Organic Check-Off Program?" on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 from 12:15 - 1:00 PM in the Fresh Tech Learning Center - Hall B, Booth #2650. 

Monday, June 8, 2015 - 19:15 to Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 20:00

Organic Acreage Stakeholder Meeting

OTA's Nate Lewis will attend the Organic Acreage Stakeholder Meeting, immediately following the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society’s field day at the NDSU Research Extension Center in Carrington, ND, on July 14.. The U.S. Organic Grain Collaboration is seeking input from farmers on a strategic plan to increase market opportunities and investments that will help to support the expansion of organic grain production (feed grade and food grade).

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 16:00

SENASICA Organic Materials Training

OTA's Nate Lewis will attend this 3 day training for SENASICA in Mexico (Mexican equivalent of USDA)  SENASICA is responsible for implementing Mexico's organic program, and OTA and OMRI will provide information regaurding organic materials review. For more information, contact Nate

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 16:00 to Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 20:00

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