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Task Forces

Task forces make recommendations to the Organic Trade Association on policy issues, association programs, and special projects. The Organic Trade Association has many active task forces with dozens of members working on everything from commenting on FDA's Food Safety Rule revisions to analyzing Mexico’s Operating Guidelines for Organic Agriculture. 
All of our Task Forces are time-bound (not necessarily short-term), task-charged, and outcome-focused groups with specific mandate statements. Task forces can be convened by the board, staff, or members (e.g., through Member Forums or Sector Councils) in order to recommend a course of action or accomplish a specific objective. Task Forces form to:  
  • gather input on specific programs, issues, new initiatives, or overall strategic planning 
  • convene an advisory group that would recommend a course of action to either the board or staff 
  • consider a narrow subject within a broader topic area 
  • focus attention and recommend service for a particular sector of the organic industry      
  • accomplish a specified project/task, as needed, using OTA and/or participants volunteer time.  

Child Nutrition Task Force

This task force will develop policy proposals related to the school lunch pilot program and expanding access to organic within the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) feeding programs as part of the upcoming Child Nutrition Act reauthorization by Congress.


Climate Change Task Force

The mandate of the Climate Change Task Force is to engage with policymakers and key stakeholders on OTA’s climate policy principles and recommendations as adopted by OTA’s board of directors. The task force will utilize OTA’s diverse membership to amplify OTA’s voice in climate change policy discussions. The work of the task force will be ongoing as OTA’s advocacy on climate change issues will be a long-term priority. The task force will focus on advocacy of OTA’s climate priorities, establishing partnerships with key stakeholders, and evaluating existing and future policy proposals and legislation against OTA’s principles.


Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Task Force

The mandate of the task force is to facilitate a conversation from OTA members on repairing the public-private partnership between USDA and the organic industry and generate strategic thinking for how organic will evolve within this partnership over the next decade and beyond.


European Union Task Force

This task force will serve as a platform to voice and discuss issues regarding the changing regulations, and plan next steps for those involved in the EU market. The work will also address the impacts to UK-Brexit and organic trade. The group also serves as an advisory body on work related to our E.U. TASC funding.


Mexico Task Force

The mandate of this task force is to monitor, analyze, and discuss existing and emerging issues from organic trade discussions and issue resolutions between the United States and Mexico. The task force will provide input to FAS, NOP, and USTR on the industry's perspective on trade issues, technical talks, Mexico’s recently implemented organic regulations, and market potential. Task force members will also provide industry support and concerns regarding the potential opportunities and challenges that will be created by entering an organic equivalency arrangement with Mexico. Additionally, the task force will provide issue assessments regarding organic seed treatments in support of OTA / FAS / APHIS work on this issue.


Marine Materials Task Force

The mandate of the Marine Materials Task Force is to develop comments in response to NOSB Materials Subcommittee Discussion Documents and Proposals related to marine materials in organic crop production.


Residues Task Force

The mandate of the Residues Task Force is to continue OTA's strong support of periodic residue testing as a critical tool to monitor compliance with the organic regulations and address challenges relating to unavoidable residual environmental contamination (UREC) and concentration factors.


Strengthening Organic Enforcement Task Force

The mandate of this task force is to: 1) engage early with NOP and answer the enforcement related questions NOP distributed in a public "Town Hall" style webinar; and 2) help shape OTA’s comments to NOP on the proposed rule.


Strengthening Organic Seed Usage Task Force

The Strengthening Organic Seed Usage Task Force's mandate is to assist the Organic Trade Association in identifying the strengths and weakness of NOSB’s draft proposals on seed, annual seedlings, and planting stock used in organic crop production, and inform the trade association’s comments to the NOSB on the areas of improvement needed.


Sugar Supply Task Force

The mandate of this task force is to decide on and implement a strategy to either 1) raise the US tariff rate quota for organic sugar, 2) create an organic Tariff Rate Quota (TRQ), or 3) implement both options, if they are compatible. In addition, the Sugar Supply Task Force may decide to discuss relief via amendments to the coming Farm Bill or other strategies to be determined.


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OTA announces new task forces and opportunities to get involved in the weekly News Flash e-newsletter for members.

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