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Take Action on Origin of Livestock

On October 1, 2019, the USDA reopened the comment period for the proposed rule on Origin of Livestock that was originally published on April 28, 2015. The new comment period is open until December 2, 2019 to give all interested parties an additional opportunity to comment on the proposed rule.

Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

The Organic Trade Association’s Fiber Council will be participating in the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada, October 15 - 18!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 08:00 to Friday, October 18, 2019 - 17:00

Nate Powell-Palm

Cold Springs Organics
Rising Star

Nate Powell-Palm started farming when he was just 12 years old as part of a 4-H project, and used grants and other opportunities to develop and expand his cattle operation in Bozeman, MT. Raising livestock according to organic standards, he applied for certification while still in high school. During college, he completed IOIA training, and started working as an organic inspector. Since graduation, he has expanded the farm into crop production while also growing his cattle enterprise.

Lynn Coody

Organic Agsystems Consulting
Growing Organic Community

Lynn Coody of Eugene, Oregon, has been active as a crucial voice on the organic front since the 1970s. First serving as general manager of an organic farm, in the ensuing decades she has provided invaluable technical assistance to growers, certifiers, producers and regulatory agencies at the local, state, regional, national and international levels. She was one of a three-person team who guided the development and passage of Oregon’s ground-breaking Organic Food Law in the late 1980s.

Israel Morales Sr.

JV Farms Organic
Organic Farmer of the Year

Israel Morales Sr. is JV Farms Organic’s lead grower with over 40 years of farming experience. JV Farms Organic in Soledad, CA, is committed to growing organic crops in an innovative and eco-friendly manner. Israel has extensive experience not just in knowing what produce matches the type of soil, but also other factors important to soil health. As ranch manager, he has direct influence on the growing practices on all of the acres in his operation.

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its fall meeting October 23-25 in Pittsburgh, PA. Discussed will be substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:00 to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 18:00

Shiftcon Social Media Conference

The Shiftcon Social Media Conference, taking place October 3-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, is designed to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment. This conference blends professional workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of change makers from all over under one roof.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 08:00 to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 17:00

Organic Produce Summit

The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California taking place July 10-11, 2019. Come visit us at tabletop TT4! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 08:00 to Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 17:00


Calling all Influencers who want to make an IMPACT!

Applications are now open for Organic Trade Association's first-ever Influencer Program in conjunction with Organic Week D.C. May 20-22. 

About Organic Week D.C.

Year after year, organic businesses converge in Washington, D.C. for the Organic Trade Association’s signature advocacy and policy-making event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. This year, #OrganicWeekDC is all about the organic sector doubling-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, we’ll explore leading-edge thinking, discuss bold strategies, and take incremental steps to advance policy and private sector solutions.

These days, marketing professionals across a wide variety of industries are deciding how they will incorporate Influencer Marketing into their brand strategies. In addition to answering this question, organic businesses are asking themselves how organic activism aligns with their brand strategies. There is no better time to bring together Influencers and organic businesses to explore these opportunities. Organic Trade Association will invite social media Influencers and brand ambassadors to Capitol Hill to see advocacy in action and cover the event for their own audiences.

Program Details

Influencers who are selected to attend the event will be invited to participate in a wide range of Organic Week D.C. meetings and activities. Arriving Monday, May 20, participants are invited to attend social media and advocacy day trainings during Member Day, and join Organic Weekers on a Capitol Bus Tour in the evening. On Advocacy Day, Influencers will hit the Hill with OTA members for Hill meetings and get a first-hand look at how organic businesses go above and beyond brand strategy to advocate for organic policy priorities. They will be invited to join us at the Congressional Reception following Hill meetings, and to attend the Bold Ideas and Critical Conversations as well. Along the way, Influencers will chronicle the event on their social channels and follow up with a blog post about their experience – bringing even more public awareness to #OrganicWeekDC and the organic businesses that are doing the work to keep organic thriving.

Application Details

  • To apply, Influencers must prepare a short statement (200-500 words) about why they are interested in attending, as well as links to their social channels and blog or website (if they have one).
  • Influencer applications are due by April 15.
  • Selected Influencers will be announced April 26.

Travel and lodging (3 days, 2 nights) will be covered for Influencers who are selected to join the program.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kelly Taveras (, Digital Specialist for the Organic Trade Association.


Max 500 words.

Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

The Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be April 24-26 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. During meeting, NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 08:30 to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 18:00