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OTA sues USDA to defend organic

In Brief: Organic Livestock + Poultry Practices Rule

  • The continued success of the organic sector demands that organic standards be robust, consistent and clear in order to stay meaningful.

  • The Organic Trade Association Board of Directors voted unanimously to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its failure to put into effect new organic livestock and poultry regulations.

Farmers Advisory Council Fly-In

The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) is organizing a farmer fly-in scheduled for November 28-30.  FAC’s goal during this event is to meet with members of the Senate and House Ag Committee to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill.  Meetings are also expected to be scheduled with USDA, White House, and other DC-based Ag groups to discuss issues of concern to organic farmers.

For more information contact Allison Rice, Engagement Coordinator. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 08:00 to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 17:00

EcoFarm Conference

The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to nurture safe, healthy, just, and ecologically sustainable farms, food systems, and communities by bringing people together for education, alliance building, advocacy, and celebration. EcoFarm Conference features over 70 workshops, intensives, keynote speakers, an exhibitor marketplace, seed swap, awards banquet, live entertainment, mixers, and organic culinary fare.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 08:00 to Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 17:00

Read OTA's fall 2017 NOSB meeting report

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program (NOP), will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville Hotel. The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for organic stakeholders to give input on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s NOP on issues pertaining to organic agriculture.

OTA takes action on fraudulent imports

A vulnerability was revealed in the organic supply chain via a complaint that the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Organic Program (NOP) received regarding non-organic grains and oilseeds being imported from Turkey and fraudulently sold as organic in the United States.

WEBINAR: Global Organic Trade Update & Web-Platform for Organic Sourcing

The Organic Trade Association will share the latest organic trade trends and export activity results for efforts in EU and Asia in an international trade webinar August 17 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time. Organic Trade Association member Ekowarehouse will give a non-U.S. global organic trade perspective, and introduce the Ekowarehouse platform and how it benefits both organic suppliers and buyers. In addition, Organic Trade Association member Magnis Group will discuss virtual employee options and optimizing social media for brand representation in Europe.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 15:30

WEBINAR: What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101

Are you ready for Expo East 2017? The Organic Trade Association will hold a special webinar entitled “What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101” on Thursday, August 10, at 2 p.m EST.  The free webinar is open to all organic stakeholders, focusing on key issues for the best trade show experience. Join Organic Trade Association staffers Gwendolyn Wyard (Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs) and Monique Marez (Director of International Trade) as they discuss industry topics such as regulatory issues, international programs and trade show basics.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 14:00

OTA submits comments on GMO labeling standard

Update: Comment deadline has been extended to August 25. The Organic Trade Association has already filed comments, see below for details.

Phil LaRocca

LaRocca Vineyards
Organic Farmer of the Year

Phil LaRocca of LaRocca Vineyards will receive the 2017 Organic Farmer of the Year Leadership Award. A tireless organic farming advocate and farmer for over 40 years, Phil LaRocca has deep organic convictions that he puts into practice on his farm, in his winery, and in the wider community, particularly in California.