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Organic companies gear up for stronger oversight rules due in Spring
June 30, 2021

The Organic Trade Association’s ground-breaking fraud prevention program is getting robust interest from organic businesses as the organic sector readies for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s upcoming new rules to strengthen oversight of organic imports and the organic supply chain.

Association says organic egg farmers are being exposed to ongoing harm
June 21, 2021

The Organic Trade Association has asked the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to immediately vacate the Department of Agriculture’s 2018 withdrawal of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) final rule, and to order USDA to reinstate the organic animal welfare regulation that was published in the closing days of Sec. Tom Vilsack’s prior tenure at USDA.

New OTA officers announced following a record turnout election
June 18, 2021

Previewing his path forward for organic and pledging to elevate the significance and importance of organic agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the Annual Membership Meeting of the Organic Trade Association on Wednesday.

Association’s annual meeting recognizes Georgia Organics’ exemplary service and leadership
June 17, 2021

The Organic Trade Association honored the non-profit organization Georgia Organics with its prestigious Member of the Year Award at the association’s 2021 Annual Meeting held virtually June 16. Georgia Organics has for almost 25 years been devoted to promoting sustainable foods and organic farms in Georgia.

Organic Trade Association survey says swing to home cooking in pandemic ignited sales
May 25, 2021

U.S. organic sales soared to new highs in 2020, jumping by a record 12.4 percent to $61.9 billion. It marked the first time that total sales of organic food and non-food products have surpassed the $60 billion mark, and reflected a growth rate more than twice the 2019 pace of 5 percent, according to the 2021 Organic Industry Survey released Tuesday by the Organic Trade Association.

Advisory board also urges USDA to implement organic animal welfare rule
May 3, 2021

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on Friday expressed unanimous support for the recently introduced Continuous Improvement and Accountability in Organic Standards Act (CIAO), saying the legislation respects the work of the NOSB in clarifying and updating national organic standards.

Organic Trade Association applauds lawmakers and broad coalition for support of farmers, businesses, and consumers
April 30, 2021

The Organic Trade Association on Friday applauded the introduction of legislation that puts in place an improved federal process for the oversight of organic that will bring the government up to speed with the modern organic sector, and will enable organic’s improvement and advancement to continue to forge ahead into the future. 

April 29, 2021

The organic sector has shown determination and resilience in moving forward against some strong headwinds this past year. Throughout the organic chain, individuals and businesses are working every day to produce healthy organic food, to protect the health of our planet, and to support communities and families in need during the global pandemic.

Sustainable Food Trade Action Council opens registration to join dialogue
April 27, 2021

The Organic Trade Association’s Sustainable Food Trade Action (SFTA) Council is bringing organic’s unique voice to a ground-breaking global conversation on May 10 on how to achieve a sustainable and just food system.

Organic Trade Association recognizes Kelly Strzelecki for outstanding service to organic
March 25, 2021

The Organic Trade Association on Thursday honored Kelly Strzelecki, Senior Trade Advisor for the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, with its 2021 Organic Public Servant Award in recognition of her outstanding efforts to promote and facilitate a meaningful public-private partnership for the organic industry through trade during her many years at USDA.