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OTA's Transitional Certification Task Force

There has been significant discussion recently around the concept of an industry-led transitional certification program administered by USDA’s Process Verified Program (PVP).  A transitional certification has the potential to support producers through the significant task of transitioning their farms to organic by providing exposure to the certification process and organic regulations, access to USDA support programs for producers, and, potentially, premiums for their “certified transitional” crops.  

Join OTA’s Fiber Council

OTA’s Board has approved the establishment of an OTA Fiber Council based on OTA Sector Council Operating Guidelines.  The application for the new sector council was first reviewed by the OTA Board Community Relations Committee, which gave its support. Marci Zaroff, President of Portico Brands and Founder of Under the Canopy, submitted the request along with seven other OTA member companies that have expressed interest in participating.  The aim is to create a cohesive voice across fiber categories within OTA, and to grow the organic fiber sector overall.

Provender Alliance Conference

The Provender Alliance Conference will be held on October 14-16 in Hood River, Oregon. OTA staff will attend the conference and serve as speakers in two workshops. To learn more, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 08:00 to Friday, October 16, 2015 - 17:15

Perdue Agribusiness Ag Field Day

Perdue Agribusiness, an OTA member ingredient supplier, invites OTA members for its annual Ag Field Days starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time Wednesday, August 12. Join OTA staff at the Perdue AgriBusiness Organic Knowledge Plot in Hurlock, MD, to learn more about techniques geared toward increasing yields in organic production. RSVP by Thursday, July 30, to 302-855-5696 or

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 14:00