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OTA sues USDA over animal welfare standards

Organic Trade Association to take the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to court over organic animal welfare rule

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.

Date: 
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.

Date: 
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

Company: 
LaRocca Vineyards
Award: 
Organic Farmer of the Year
Year: 
2017
Headshot: 

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.

Peggy Sutton

Company: 
To Your Health Sprouted Flour
Award: 
Rising Star
Year: 
2017
Headshot: 
Peggy Sutton, Rising Star Organic

Peggy Sutton of To Your Health Sprouted Flour will receive the Rising Star Organic Leadership Award. Before building one of the organic industry’s latest trends, Peggy Sutton of To Your Health Sprouted Flour was an innovator and health-conscious, family-focused home cook. Now, she is an expert in the field of sprouting organic flours and grains. In 2005, Peggy resurrected this ancient method in her kitchen.

Bob Anderson

Company: 
Sustainable Strategies—Advisers in Food and Agriculture
Award: 
Growing the Organic Industry
Year: 
2017
Headshot: 
Bob Anderson, Growing the Organic Industry

Receiving the Growing the Organic Industry leadership Award will be Bob Anderson of Sustainable Strategies—Advisers in Food and Agriculture. Bob first became active in organic by operating the Walnut Acres brand for 30 years beginning in 1969. A long-time organic pioneer, he was the longest-serving chair of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Standards Board. Over his career, he has championed organic standards, helped grow organic businesses, and served domestically and internationally as an ambassador for organic.

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