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Farmers Advisory Council

The Organic Trade Association's Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) provides the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors and staff with input from small- and medium-sized organic farmers, ranchers, and growers on matters pertinent to the advancement of organic agriculture, with a specific focus on OTA’s policy agenda. Established in 2013, FAC was designed to formalize and improve communication between OTA and organic producers. Through open dialog, FAC gives organic farmers a voice to directly influence OTA’s policy and enables OTA to better represent the diversity of organic producers in its policy and advocacy.

  

 

The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council is the largest coalition in the United States of organic farmers and organic farming organizations. Together it represents nearly 8,000 organic livestock, poultry, grain, and specialty crop producers.

 

  


Leadership

The Farmers Advisory Council is co-chaired by Perry Clutts, Organic Farmer and OTA’s Board of Directors Farmer Seat, and Doug Crabtree, OTA's Board of Directors Community Relations Committee Chair. FAC is supported by Nate Lewis, OTA's Farm Policy Director. The council is comprised of representatives from state and regional farming organizations representing organic, which enter into an agreement with OTA for the mutual benefit of strengthening the organic industry’s national public policy influence, and individual OTA farmer members who volunteer to participate.

Participating organizations

The advisory council is comprised of active farmers of small- and medium-sized operations who serve as representatives of sector, state, and regional organic farming organizations.
 

CCOF, Inc. (California Certified Organic Farmers)

CCOF is a full-service trade association governed by the CCOF, Inc. Board of Directors that actively works to expand the organic marketplace we all depend upon. CCOF is a nonprofit organization of organic farmers, processors, handlers, and retailers. Founded in 1973, CCOF is one of the nation’s largest and oldest organizations of third-party organic certification and is the only full-service certification agency and trade association. Additionally, CCOF is a founding member of the Advisory Council.
 

Georgia Organics

Established in 1997 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Georgia Organics is an outgrowth of a growers' collaborative with roots dating to the 1970s. Georgia Organics champions organic agriculture and healthy families by empowering farmers to thrive, helping schools engage children in delicious and educational farm-to-school experiences, and making organic and local food accessible to all Georgians.
 

Montana Organic Association

The Montana Organic Association is the voice of Montana's organic community. MOA is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that provides education, information, support, assistance, promotion, and representation for organic producers, processors, handlers, retailers, consumers, researchers, agricultural service providers, and other interested parties
 

Organic Egg Farmers of America

Formed in 2011, Organic Egg Farmers of America’s mission is to bring together various stakeholders dedicated to the production of eggs in compliance with the Organic Standards, and to create an environment of honesty and co-operation for the betterment of the industry as a whole.
 

Oregon Tilth Certified Organic

Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit research and education membership organization dedicated to biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture. Oregon Tilth offers educational events throughout the state of Oregon, and provides organic certification services to organic growers, processors, and handlers internationally.
 

Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative

Founded in 1988, CROPP is the nation’s largest and most successful organic farmer cooperative, with over 2,000 farmer members in 36 states in the U.S. and in Canada. CROPP has distinguished itself nationally as a leader of organic production, marketing, and farm policy.
 

Pennsylvania Certified Organic

Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO) is a USDA-accredited organic certifying agency that educates and certifies growers, processors, and handlers of organic crops, wild crops, livestock, and livestock products in Pennsylvania and adjoining states. Founded in 1985, PCO reepresents over 1,100 farmers throughout the Eastern part of the U.S.  They currently certifies over 1250 operations and can certify operations across all 50 states.
 

Tilth Alliance of Washington

Tilth Alliance promotes ecologically sound, economically viable and socially equitable farming practices that improve the health of our communities and natural environment.
 

Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

The mission of the Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance is to preserve, protect, and ensure the sustainability and integrity of organic dairy farming across the West.

Farm Bill

The member organizations of the Farmers Advisory Council who have endorsed OTA’s Farm Bill Priority Platform include California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), Georgia Organics, Organic Egg Farmers of America, Montana Organic Association, Oregon Tilth Certified Organic, Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, Pennsylvania Certified Organic, and Tilth Alliance of Washington.

How to get involved

Interested organic farmers and organic farming sector, state, and regional organic farming organizations should contact Organic Trade Association Farm Policy Director, Nate Lewis.

Join us to Amplify the Voice of Farmers 

Farmers can join us in our efforts to promote and protect organic food and agriculture. We are working together to advance critical policy priorities that impact organic farmers, growers, and ranchers. 

  • Expand domestic acreage
  • Increase organic research
  • Improve oversight of organic imports
  • Protect organic standards

Farmstead Membership


Resources

2017 FAC Annual Report 2016 FAC Annual Report 2015 FAC Annual Report 2014 FAC Annual Report
Operating guidelines 


Contact
Farm Policy Director
(360) 388-6422
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