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Israel Morales Sr.

JV Farms Organic
Organic Farmer of the Year

Israel Morales Sr. is JV Farms Organic’s lead grower with over 40 years of farming experience. JV Farms Organic in Soledad, CA, is committed to growing organic crops in an innovative and eco-friendly manner. Israel has extensive experience not just in knowing what produce matches the type of soil, but also other factors important to soil health. As ranch manager, he has direct influence on the growing practices on all of the acres in his operation.

Webinar: Top 10 Organic Headlines of 2019

Join Organic Trade Association to review the stories that made news in organic in 2019. We'll review the most compelling issues and discuss tips and resources for representing organic and your brand accurately in the media. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 14:00

Webinar: NOSB Wrap-Up

Join Organic Trade Association's regulatory team for a briefing on the issues discussed at  the National Organic Standards Board's fall meeting. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 13:00

Montana Organic Association Annual Conference

The Montana Organic Association's Annual Conference will be taking place December 4-7, 2019 in Bozeman, MT. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 08:00 to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 17:00

African Organic Conference

The African Organic Conference will be taking place November 9-16 in Morocco. 

Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking at the Conference on how organc can feed the world. Jessica will also attend the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) Board Meeting. More more information, contact Jessica Shade

Conference Information:

November 9-16, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 08:00 to Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 17:00

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) will hold its fall meeting October 23-25 in Pittsburgh, PA. Discussed will be substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances, substances due to sunset from the National List in 2021, and guidance on organic policies. 

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 08:00 to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 18:00

Shiftcon Social Media Conference

The Shiftcon Social Media Conference, taking place October 3-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, is designed to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment. This conference blends professional workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of change makers from all over under one roof.

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 08:00 to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 17:00

Organic Produce Summit

The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at the Organic Produce Summit in Monterey, California taking place July 10-11, 2019. Come visit us at tabletop TT4! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 08:00 to Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 17:00


Calling all Influencers who want to make an IMPACT!

Applications are now open for Organic Trade Association's first-ever Influencer Program in conjunction with Organic Week D.C. May 20-22. 

About Organic Week D.C.

Year after year, organic businesses converge in Washington, D.C. for the Organic Trade Association’s signature advocacy and policy-making event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. This year, #OrganicWeekDC is all about the organic sector doubling-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, we’ll explore leading-edge thinking, discuss bold strategies, and take incremental steps to advance policy and private sector solutions.

These days, marketing professionals across a wide variety of industries are deciding how they will incorporate Influencer Marketing into their brand strategies. In addition to answering this question, organic businesses are asking themselves how organic activism aligns with their brand strategies. There is no better time to bring together Influencers and organic businesses to explore these opportunities. Organic Trade Association will invite social media Influencers and brand ambassadors to Capitol Hill to see advocacy in action and cover the event for their own audiences.

Program Details

Influencers who are selected to attend the event will be invited to participate in a wide range of Organic Week D.C. meetings and activities. Arriving Monday, May 20, participants are invited to attend social media and advocacy day trainings during Member Day, and join Organic Weekers on a Capitol Bus Tour in the evening. On Advocacy Day, Influencers will hit the Hill with OTA members for Hill meetings and get a first-hand look at how organic businesses go above and beyond brand strategy to advocate for organic policy priorities. They will be invited to join us at the Congressional Reception following Hill meetings, and to attend the Bold Ideas and Critical Conversations as well. Along the way, Influencers will chronicle the event on their social channels and follow up with a blog post about their experience – bringing even more public awareness to #OrganicWeekDC and the organic businesses that are doing the work to keep organic thriving.

Application Details

  • To apply, Influencers must prepare a short statement (200-500 words) about why they are interested in attending, as well as links to their social channels and blog or website (if they have one).
  • Influencer applications are due by April 15.
  • Selected Influencers will be announced April 26.

Travel and lodging (3 days, 2 nights) will be covered for Influencers who are selected to join the program.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Kelly Taveras (, Digital Specialist for the Organic Trade Association.


Max 500 words.

Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

The Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be April 24-26 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. During meeting, NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. All meetings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 08:30 to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 18:00