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On January 11, 2017, The Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production. 

 

USDA approves new transitional certification program to foster organic growth

Today, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help guide farmers transitioning into certified organic agricultural production.

Using standards developed by OTA, the National Certified Transitional Program (NCTP) will provide oversight to approved Accredited Organic Certifying Agents offering transitional certification to producers. This will help ease the transition process to organic, allow farmers to sell their products as certified transitional at a premium price and help encourage more organic production.

Organic Innovation and Inspiration: CCOF 2017 Annual Conference

Save the date for CCOF’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference events on February 9-10, 2017, in Visalia, California. This year’s theme—Organic Innovation and Inspiration—will feature the innovative techniques organic producers, handlers, retailers, and other change-makers are using to address current economic and environmental issues, as well as big ideas for tackling the challenges of tomorrow.

Date: 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 09:15 to Friday, February 10, 2017 - 17:15

USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

The United States Department of Agriculture's 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place February 23-24, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The theme will be "A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture." The Organic Trade Association's CEO Laura Batcha and Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis will both be speaking.

Date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 09:00 to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 17:00

Board of Directors Retreat and Meeting

The Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, January 31 - February 1 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Eugene, OR. The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a year, two or three in-person meetings and one or two via teleconference. Each Board member serves on one of the three committees: Executive, Community Relations, or Governance.  Each committee typically meets once per month. If you would like to attend a Board meeting or formally address the Board

Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 09:00 to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 15:00

Organic in Portland Regional Networking Event

Please join the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board of Directors in Portland, Oregon, for a regional meeting and networking event on Wednesday, February 1 at the Hilton Portland

Date: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 16:30 to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 17:30

Comments submitted on animal raising claims

On December 5, OTA submitted comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on the agency’s guidance surrounding documentation to substantiate animal raising claims on packaged meat products. In its comments, OTA said it strongly believes that an organic certificate should be the only documentation required for animal raising claims verified through the organic certification process.

Trade Mission to United Arab Emirates

The Organic Trade Association and three member companies will travel to the United Arab Emirates to attend the Middle East Natural and Organic Product Expo in Dubai. In addition to attending the show, the mission will have numberous meetings and store tours in an effort to better understand this growth market. For more information please contact Monique Marez, OTA's Director of International Trade.

Date: 
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:00 to Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 17:00

National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

Date: 
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 18:00

Organic Industry Counters Recent Allegations, Details Hopes for USDA Meeting

Cornucopia Institute “clearly has an opinion” about how to interpret the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and current federal regulations governing organic food production, Nate Lewis, farm policy director for OTAtells Food Chemical News, “and it’s certainly within anyone’s right to report a complaint or investigate if they believe the regulations have been violated, but the merits of the complaint, I really want to defer to the USDA and trust that they will investigate the complaints appropriately and come to an appropriate conclusion.”

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