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Success of OTA event demonstrates huge interest in organic
September 26, 2014

A mom shared a picture of her toddler watering their organic vegetable garden, a college student asked about the stringency of organic standards, a diabetic adhering to a gluten-free diet appreciated the organic recipes and an influential Capitol Hill reporter tweeted to her thousands of followers about Organic Palooza.

TOC is leading the effort to find organic solutions for all growers
September 25, 2014

Thanks to donations ranging from $5 to as large as $5,000, The Organic Center has raised $20,417 through its first-ever crowdfunding drive – easily exceeding its goal of $15,000—as part of a major campaign to fund The Center’s research effort to find organic solutions to a devastating disease threatening the nation’s citrus industry.

September 23, 2014

After intensive discussions between the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Japan and Canada have agreed on an equivalency in organic products.

Feedback from the organic sector has a meaningful impact
September 19, 2014

Encouraged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revised language for its new rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the Organic Trade Association (OTA) said on Friday that the revisions clearly indicate that FDA listened to the feedback from organic producers and handlers and responded to the unique requirements of the organic system.

OTA says expanding organic acreage is key issue for next decade
September 18, 2014

The state of the organic industry is thriving, filled with opportunities on a host of fronts but faced with challenges on many, said Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore on Thursday.

Board members announced at OTA’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore Sept. 17
September 18, 2014

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was tapped on Wednesday as the new president of the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors by fellow Board members.

OTA members get discount on T-shirts produced using strict organic processing standards
September 16, 2014

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) wants to prove that doing good can be a win-win deal for everyone involved.

Steve Crider of Amy’s Kitchen to be honored at OTA Annual Meeting
September 15, 2014

Steve Crider doesn’t see a problem with being outspoken and tenacious, especially when it comes to getting things done in Washington to support the organic food and agriculture movement and to act as advocate and champion for the organic industry.

OTA stresses role of organic for states
September 12, 2014

Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Friday that organic farming is in all states, and that state directors of agriculture who care about jobs and vitality should care about organic.

Even more consumers are encouraged to participate in the remaining discussions
September 11, 2014

Four days in, nearly 10 million* consumers have either taken part in or been exposed to “Organic-Palooza,” the organic industry’s first-ever social media festival.