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OTA hosting 14 organic product suppliers at BioFach show in Germany
February 12, 2015

German Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt wandered over to the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) spacious display area at this year’s BioFach World Organic Trade Fair in Nuremberg, Germany, on Wednesday to get a closer look at the American organic products being showcased.

Cotton survey shows steady growth in organic sector
February 9, 2015

Despite grappling with tight seed supplies, persistent weeds and a shortage of seasonal labor, U.S. organic cotton growers are estimated to have planted the most acreage to organic cotton in 2014 since 1995, according to the 2013 and Preliminary 2014 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report just published by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

Celebrity chef and noted sustainable food advocate will highlight Annual VIP Dinner
January 12, 2015

More than 500 organic stakeholders will feast on an all organic dinner created by a celebrity chef, listen to a thought-provoking discussion of food politics from a nationally respected sustainable food advocate, hear updates on the latest organic research, participate in science-focused social media festivities, and, for good measure, let loose at an after-dinner bash with a rhythm and blues b

Number 1 organic wheat-producing state aims for a bigger voice
January 8, 2015

In a move to elevate the voice of the western organic grain farmer and better connect the organic sector with key organic grain growers and handlers, the 230-member Montana Organic Association voted unanimously last month to join the Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC), becoming the newest farmer-governed association to form a strategic alliance with OTA.

Ten New Year’s Resolutions from The Organic Center
December 29, 2014

2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming: for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the environment.

Action by U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes unique needs of organic industry
December 16, 2014

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) announcement today of a proposed rule to exempt more organic farmers and handlers from paying into conventional commodity check-off programs, saying this is an important step that recognizes the organic industry’s unique needs, and lets the industry decide where its dollars are best spent.

Organic Trade Association shares how working together strengthens organic voice
December 5, 2014

Jesse Laflamme says his family's egg business was saved the first time by going organic, and then rescued again when the operation joined forces with the Organic Trade Association (OTA) to fight a regulation that would have had dire implications for its future.

USDA awards OTA $785,000 in market promotion funds for 2015
December 3, 2014

If Taka Yamaguchi has his way, athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic—an ambitious plan that more than 100 of Japan's top grocery retailers, food importers and distributors learned about at a recent Organic Trade Association (OTA) sponsored seminar in Japan.

OTA says petitions to USDA will continue trend of reducing synthetics in organic food
November 6, 2014

Acting on extensive feedback and input from its members, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday filed two petitions with the National Organic Program to amend the National List of substances that can be used in organic production and processing – in one case strengthening the requirement for organic ingredients and in the other, removing a non-organic substance from the list.

OTA launches new Farmstead Membership category
October 21, 2014

The Franklin family has been farming in southern Vermont for nine generations. A family operation with one son helping full-time and two others pitching in on weekends, the certified organic dairy farm stays busy raising and milking some 52 dairy cows, along with producing fresh organic eggs and farm-raised organic beef, and some of the best-tasting organic maple syrup in Vermont.

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