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Types of Membership


The Organic Trade Association has two categories of membership: 

Trade members govern the association. Only North American-based (U.S., Canada and Mexico) businesses or organizations engaged in the production, distribution, certification, or promotion of certified organic products and the services required to produce them are eligible for Trade Membership. Trade members receive OTA member benefits and one vote.
Associate members include businesses, organizations, and individuals who are not eligible for Trade Membership but who are supportive of principles consistent with those of organic agriculture. Businesses and organizations without an office in North America and those who receive no direct sales from the organic industry are only eligible for associate membership. Associate members receive OTA member benefits but do not have voting privileges.

The Organic Trade Association also has a special membership category for small-scale organic farmers. The Farmstead Membership enables smaller organic farmers who have current membership with one of the participating organizations belonging to our Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) to obtain a full OTA membership with all associated benefits for a minimal fee. 

We encourage students interested in pursuing a career in organic to join the association through its Student Membership program. Whether you are working on a farm-based internship, taking classes at a local community college, or completing your PhD, if you have an interest in working in organic, we’d like to make your acquaintance, and share resources helpful to your program and future career. For more information on the benefits of joining, contact OTA’s Director of Education & Insights, Angela Jagiello.  

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Danielle Cote
Membership Manager
(202) 403-8633