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All Things Organic Conference

All Things Organic Conference


September 13-14, 2018
Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel 
Baltimore, MD

Held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, the All Things Organic Conference delivers a thought-provoking program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. You do not need a SuperPass to attend these sessions – your standard Expo East exhibitor or attendee badge is your ticket to great organic education. 

2018 Conference Sessions 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

State of the Organic Industry
In light of the government’s termination of the industry-led effort to establish a research and promotion order for organic, the sector is mobilizing to explore voluntary mechanisms for advancing organic priorities.  Join the Organic Trade Association’s CEO Laura Batcha and other thought leaders for a conversation about how the industry can continue to push forward on legislative priorities, supply chain integrity, agricultural research and consumer education – to keep the organic brand strong into the next decades and beyond. Following the session, OTA will host a series of meetings to discuss how industry can invest in moving the industry forward together.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

The Organic Center Presents: Protecting the Health of Farmworkers and Agricultural Communities
Organic is a system that strives to protect the health of farmworkers not only through rejecting the use of toxic and persistent chemicals but more broadly, by implementing solutions that benefit crops and the people whose labor produces them.  During this session, scientists from The Organic Center will discuss the latest science related to organic systems and farmworker health, and explore ways that organic is advancing the agenda of fair trade and worker rights.


1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6

Organic Policy Update 
Organic is the most highly regulated food system in the world. Come hear the latest from the individuals at the center of regulatory affairs for this $50 billion sector. Topics will include a review of issues slated to come before the National Organic Standards Board, a discussion of the Farm Bill process and outcomes, and enforcement actions at the National Organic Program.


2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

Aisle by Aisle: Organic Retail Trends
It is a fascinating time for organic at the marketplace. The retail landscape is radically transforming, and every segment is affected. Come hear from experts in every section about the current trends, and how brands and merchants are adapting in response.


3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6

Organic Supply Chain Integrity Update
Join us for an update from members of OTA’s Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity Task Force. Convened in 2017 in response to the discovery of fraudulent organic ingredient imports, the task force has created a suite of tools and best practices to help brands and traders mitigate the risk and occurrence of fraud in the organic supply chain.


Friday, September 14, 2018

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

Organic 101 
New to the organic industry? Join us to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.


11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6

The Organic Center: Organic & Soil Health
Join us for a deep dive into the latest science on organic and best practices for soil health. We will explore the latest science and trends on key soil health issues: To till or not to till? How do you measure soil health improvement? How can standards drive improvement in practices related to soil health?


12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

The Postmodern Organic Company 
It is a time of profound change in the retail industry. Some of the changes include retail models: online, in-person, hybrid.  How are brands fixing their mix? At the same time, brands are responding to demand for transparency, communicating with consumers across a number of platforms,  all while embracing a host of environmental and social justice practices. Leaders in the organic space from a variety of companies will discuss how they are bringing it all together to keep their brands in the lead.


1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 6

Organic Blockchain Revolution 
Blockchain technology has the potential to bring organic to the forefront of transparency throughout the supply chain. Join us to enhance your understanding of what the technology is, what it can (and probably can’t) do, and hear about early forays into its implementation.


2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Hilton Key Ballroom 5

Trend Watch: “Freshification” of Food
The inner aisles of the supermarket are increasingly challenged by consumer demand for all things fresh. Non-perishables are challenged to “fresh-ify” their appearances, and packaged goods are making their way into areas of the store traditionally reserved for items with shorter expiration dates. How is e-commerce responding? What’s next? How will center store innovate?

2017 Conference Sessions + Presentations

If you missed the conference in 2017, or would like to review the session presentations, they are available for download below. We thank our presenters for offering their time and expertise, and ask that you respect their intellectual property. Do not reproduce, redistribute, post online, or otherwise reuse this work without permission.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

State of the Organic Industry – The importance of public-private partnership Organic Regulatory Update Retail Innovation in Organic Finding opportunity in a growing, fractured marketplace Affordability / Accessibility: Increasing everyone’s access to Organic

Friday, September 15, 2017

Organic 101 Global Organic Trade Update Organic Agriculture: Climate Change Champion Talking Organic Supplements in the Aisle The Organic Center Presents: Sounds good, but… what about the chemicals?

Associate Director, Conference & Product Development   
(202) 403-8636