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New Farm Bill signed into law, advances organic

The Organic Trade Association’s Farm Bill platform calls for full support and adequate funding for the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) to keep pace with industry growth, set uniform standards, and carry out compliance and enforcement actions in the U.S. and abroad. It advocates for organic-focused research, risk management tools, data collection and direct dialog between industry and USDA that are critical to organic farmers’ success.

OTA Responds to the GMO Labeling Standard

RESPONSE TO THE NATIONAL BIOENGINEERED FOOD DISCLOSURE STANDARD

Organic Trade Association deeply disappointed in USDA final GMO labeling rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 20, 2018) – The Organic Trade Association is deeply disappointed in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final GMO labeling rule and calls on companies to voluntarily act on their own to provide full disclosures on their food products about GMO content.

Stephanie and Blake Alexandre

Company: 
Alexandre EcoDairy Farm
Award: 
Organic Farmer of the Year Award
Year: 
2018
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Growing up on a dairy farm in Southern California, Stephanie Alexandre spent time with the cows as soon as she could walk. Soon, she was helping her parents with the chores. As a child, she loved showing her dairy cows in 4-H competitions, leading her to pursue an agriculture business degree at California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo. There, she met her future husband Blake Alexandre, a fourth generation grass-based Northern California dairy farmer, who is an entrepreneurial man with a passion for leading, both cows and people. They began dairying in 1988 in Southern California.

Javier Zamora

Company: 
JSM Organics
Award: 
Rising Star Award
Year: 
2018
Headshot: 

Immigrating to the United States in 1986, Javier Zamora worked in the service industry in southern California for 20 years before going back to school at the age of 43, earning his GED and a degree in landscape design before enrolling in the horticulture program at Cabrillo College. Sharpening his farming skills through the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA), he started farming organically in 2012 on 1.5 acres. Today, as owner of JSM Organics, he farms over 100 acres on California’s Central Coast.

Margaret Scoles

Company: 
International Organic Inspectors Association
Award: 
Growing Organic Industry Award
Year: 
2018
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Margaret Scoles, who started out as training manager and coordinator in 1999 for the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) subsequently became Executive Director, a title she still holds. But she has been a tireless educator, advocate and ambassador for the organic world even before that.

The Organic Center Benefit Dinner

Join us for the The Organic Center's 16th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic networking dinner on Wednesday, March 6 at Natural Products Expo West.

Expect a thought-provoking program featuring keynote speaker Shannon Allen. Shannon, wife of 2x NBA champion Ray Allen, is the creator and owner of the thriving all-organic fast-food restaurant chain grown™.
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Date: 
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 18:00 to 22:00

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) Annual Membership Meeting

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is the fifth largest organic certifier in the United States. The PCO Annual Membership Meeting will be taking place on November 28th, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Date: 
Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 16:30 to 19:00

Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In 2019

The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In brings organic farmers from across the country to Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress, USDA and national agriculture organizations to discuss issues of importance to organic farmers. The Fly-In will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 4 and conclude at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.  Special thanks to our generous sponsors, Organic Valley and Stonyfield. 

Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 18:30 to Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 15:00

EcoFarm Conference

The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 39th annual EcoFarm Conference January 23 - 26, 2019 in Pacific Grove, CA - Featuring over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, awards banquet, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare. Workshops offer practical and cutting edge information on crop production, livestock, soil health, marketing, distribution, and food systems.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:00 to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 17:00
 
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