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Organic Week DC: Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

Organic Week in Washington is Organic Trade Association’s signature policymaking event, comprised of a week full of advocacy and education, including a day for members to conduct trade association business, an informative and thought-provoking policy conference, and an opportunity for members to make their voices heard during hundreds of pre-organized Hill Visits. This event will be held in conjunction with The Organic Center’s Organic Confluences Summit, a two-day conference whose aim is to turn environmental research into actionable policy.
This is your time to make a difference for organic. All aspects of the organic value chain are affected by food, agriculture and trade policies administered in Washington, D.C. With a new venue and flow of events, Organic Week 2018 is promising to be the best and most impactful one yet. Plan to arrive early and stay late, because you won’t want to miss this opportunity to network and gather with your industry colleagues and D.C. policymakers.

Organic Week in Washington, D.C.
Monday-Thursday, May 21-24, 2018

Registration opens October 2017.


Monday + Tuesday (afternoon), May 21-22

The Organic Center will host the Organic Confluences Summit, as part of Organic Week in Washington. Confluences is the only conference focused on bringing organic stakeholders together with scientific experts and policy makers to turn environmental benefits research into actionable policy that supports the growth of organic farming. OTA members receive a discount when registering for both Confluences and Policy Conference.

Location // United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C. 


Tuesday (afternoon), May 22

Organic Trade Association members are invited to gather with industry peers for a day of trade association business. OTA’s Board of Directors, Sector Councils, Task Forces and Forums will host a range of meetings at the Hall of the States – OTA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Following these meetings, members will receive an update on major association projects and objectives, and weigh in on a collective vision for the future of the organic with OTA Board, staff, and members. The program will be interesting and interactive.

Location // Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C.


Wednesday, May 23

Join us as we share organic’s messages of strong rural livelihoods, business growth and consumer choice with leaders in Washington. Equipped with the insights gained during the Policy Conference, attendees will deploy to Capitol Hill for pre-arranged meetings with legislators. Be there to tell Congress about the prosperity and growth created by the organic industry through the hard work and determination of its members.

The day will close with a Champagne Toast, a time-honored favorite, as our members raise a glass to the learnings of the week, and best wishes for continued success for the organic industry.

Location // Individual meeting schedules will be provided to each registrant


Thursday, May 24

Organic Trade Assocation’s Policy Conference introduces you to the policymakers of today and the visionaries who are driving organic’s future. This fast-paced day features conversations with Members of Congress, agency leaders, political strategists, and those who inspire us with their passion, creativity and determination to make a difference. From main stage keynote presentations to panel discussions and networking sessions, you won’t want to miss a minute of this blockbuster program. This year, Policy Conference will be held at a new venue, the historic National Press Club.

Location // National Press Club, Washington, D.C.


Contact Amy Bovaird to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for 2018!                              

Conference Inquiries:
Associate Director, Conference & Product Development   
(202) 403-8636
Registration Inquiries:
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632