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Organic Trade Association applauds appointment of USDA organic advisor

*MEDIA STATEMENT*

Barbara Haumann
(
bhaumann@ota.com
(202) 403-8635
)
Washington , DC
US
 (
October 1, 2021
) — 

The Organic Trade Association today applauded the appointment of Marni Karlin as Senior Advisor, Organic and Emerging Markets, at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and said the reinstatement of the post would regain a much-needed senior-level voice for organic at the USDA. 

“We welcome USDA’s announcement that it has reinstated this important position, and that the agency has filled it with such an incredibly capable individual,” said Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association. “Getting this position back at USDA was one of our top first-year priorities for the Biden administration, after it was eliminated during the Trump administration, as it ensures that organic be a part of activities and policy throughout the USDA.”  Batcha added, “Choosing Marni to serve in this position is smart and forward-thinking on USDA’s part. Marni’s twenty-plus years of experience in the organic, agriculture and food sectors, as well as her passion to create a healthier and more sustainable food system, will be an invaluable asset to the department.”

Karlin most recently served as Executive Director of the Controlled Environment Food Safety Coalition and was Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel for the Organic Trade Association from 2012 to 2016.