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OTA members Clif Bar, Organic Valley spearhead $10 million investment to support organic agricultural research

June 23, 2015

Clif Bar & Company and Organic Valley today named the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) as the recipient of the nation’s first endowed chair focused on plant breeding for  organic crops.

OTA member Driscoll’s expands organic nursery plant program

June 23, 2015

Driscoll Strawberry Associates has made a commitment to supply all of its organic berry growers with organic nursery plants. Watsonville, Calif.-based Driscoll’s has had an organic nursery program certified by Santa Cruz-based California Certified Organic Farmers for the past seven years, according to a news release.

OTA on point with research and reaching out across the nation

June 18, 2015

As the demand for organic produce aggressively jumps boundaries, and with no signs of slowing down, the Organic Trade Association is working hard to keep spreading the message and reporting about organic conditions across the nation.

The Organic Thing: for Many, Still a Mystery 25 Years Later

June 8, 2015

The biggest roadblock to an even-more rapid growth of and acceptance for the industry in the U.S. is a lack of organic literacy.

California Agricultural Leaders Recognize State Food Producers' Commitment To Antibiotic Stewardship And Organic Production At State Capitol

June 3, 2015

Today, on the heels of the White House calling on food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders to commit to antibiotic stewardship, the Organic Trade Association and Californiaagricultural leaders met at the State Capitol to acknowledge the influence of California's food producers, including leading poultry producer Foster Farms, in mainstreaming antibiotic-free and organ

Organic agriculture more profitable to farmers

June 1, 2015

A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture.

Bringing U.S. Organic Products to International Trade Shows

May 20, 2015

The U.S. organic industry is taking advantage of growing opportunities to market its products in Europe. Thanks to the support of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), American companies are connecting with a wide array of potential customers at major international trade shows.

Organic industry seeks 'check-off' funds

May 13, 2015

Organic food producers are asking the Agriculture Department to sign off on a "check-off" program that would allow the maturing industry to spend more to educate the public and conduct research.

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) grew by more than 18% last year

May 12, 2015

The number of facilities certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) grew by more than 18% last year, from 3085 facilities in 2013 to 3663 facilities in 2014.

Organic food industry to ask USDA for checkoff referendum

May 12, 2015

The organic farming industry says it cannot meet the demand for its products so it will ask USDA to implement an industry-wide vote on a checkoff program that hopefully would raise $30 million a year to fund programs that will help the industry grow.