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The OTA Calendar is full of events that are either organized or attended by OTA. We are pleased to organize and support dozens of events that advance organic agriculture and trade throughout the year. Some of these are signature OTA events hosted for members, while others are regional, national, or international conferences where OTA staff are featured keynotes and panelists. Whether we’re bringing the latest news and trends about the organic industry to diverse audiences, sponsoring business networking gatherings, or hosting listening sessions to gather feedback from the sector, you can count on OTA to be part of the action. 

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  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    Webinar: Black Farmer Justice: Past, Present, and Future

    Webinar: Black Farmer Justice: Past, Present, and Future

    Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Black farmers have a rich history and promising future in the United States, even though the Black history of agriculture is often reduced to slavery and cotton plantations. In Farming While Black (2018), Leah Penniman argues that justice for Black people, farmers and otherwise, requires learning about Black histories of agriculture, creating new experiences in the natural world, and getting in touch with our food systems. With a panel of Black scholars, farmers, and activists, in this webinar we explore what justice for Black farmers is today, what it has been in the past, and what it can be in the future.

    • Esteemed Panelists:
    • Maya Allen, PhD Candidate in Botony | The University of New Mexico
    • Teona Williams, PhD Candidate in History | Yale University
    • Ashley Gripper, PhD Candidate in Environmental Epidemiology | Harvard University
    • Laquanda Dobson, Chef and Farming Activist
    • Jayson Porter, PhD candidate in History | Northwestern University & Social Justice Intern | The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)

    Open for All

    REGISTER

    This Webinar will be recorded and shared on demand. Register to receive access to the resources and recording after the webinar.

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    Black farmers have a rich history and promising future in the United States, even though the Black history of agriculture is often reduced to slavery and cotton plantations. In Farming While Black (20...
  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
    Future of Organic Workshop: National & DC coalition partners & organizations

    Future of Organic Workshop: National & DC coalition partners & organizations

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

    It has been 30 years since the Organic Foods Production Act was signed into law and while the organic sector has made many advancements, there is still much to be done to ensure the continued success of the organic movement and truly achieve the gold standard in food systems. The Organic Trade Association and the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University led by Dr. Kathleen Merrigan are embarking on a partnership to bring together a diverse coalition of stakeholders that are vested in the continued success and growth of organic. 

    This workshop is scheduled in person in Washington, D.C. for national & DC coalition partners & organizations.

    * We are actively committed to safely gathering as an organic community for our in-person workshop in Washington, D.C. Our team is actively monitoring the evolving conditions. All protocols will be taken to ensure the safety of participants from COVID-19, and events and scheduling will remain as flexible as necessary to maintain a healthy and safe event. 

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    It has been 30 years since the Organic Foods Production Act was signed into law and while the organic sector has made many advancements, there is still much to be done to ensure the continued success ...
  • Monday, January 31, 2022 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington D.C.

    Monday, January 31, 2022 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 5:00pm

    Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy for farmers to retailers and everyone in between looking to help shape decisions that impact organic. Join us in Washington D.C. January 31 - February 2, 2022! 

    This is a critical time for the organic sector. The Organic Trade Association’s Organic Week in Washington, D.C. is all about moving organic forward. Join us for 72-hours in the nation’s capital to work on solutions for the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. We will focus on continuous improvement in organic, celebrate organic leaders, and work together to advance organic policy priorities. 

    The InterContinental at the Wharf in Washington, D.C. is the Organic Week headquarters hotel where all activities will be based. Our Residency Packages deliver luxurious accommodations and tremendous convenience (that’s right, no Uber’s needed). All workshops, meetings, conference sessions, and receptions will be held on-site, making it easy to return to your room for breaks (or work). We’ve negotiated deeply discounted room rates that you won’t be able to reserve independently. Choose from our two member-exclusive residency packages for the best Organic Week experience!

    Member Day

    This day will be packed with sector council and task force in-person working sessions, meetings with federal agencies and departments, interactive sessions to plan for the next farm bill, and more. The day will be capped off with an event supporting Organic PAC, the only political action committee devoted to advancing organic’s voice with policymakers in our nation’s capital.

    Conference Day

    Thought-provoking keynotes will focus on the issues making news in organic from members of Congress, agency chiefs and other policy and industry influencers. A productive day will be followed by an evening to remember. We’ll wow you with a networking reception and Organic Dinner Celebration in honor of this inspiring week!

    Advocacy Day

    Members will work in small teams to attend hundreds of pre-scheduled meetings across Capitol Hill and then toast a full day of advocating for organic during our Congressional Reception.

    Sponsorship Opportunities 

    Gain exposure and stand out as an organic industry leader. Sponsorship opportunities range from $5,000 - $25,000.

    Sign up to sponsor Organic Week today! You will feel good about your investment, and your sponsorship comes with a slew of benefits. Contact Douglas Korb to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. 

     

    Questions before you register? We are here to help. Contact us

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    Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy for farmers to retailers and everyone in between looking to help shape decisions that impact organic. Join us in Washington D.C. Januar...
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm
    Organic Confluences Conference: Equity and Access in AgTech

    Organic Confluences Conference: Equity and Access in AgTech

    Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

    The Organic Center is collaborating with the USDA ERS, California State University, Fresno, and Purdue University on a virtual conference series and hackathon examining agricultural technology (AgTech) in organic.

    The conferences will examine potential opportunities for technology to support the organic sector, pitfalls when it comes to access and equity in AgTech, historical and current examples of AgTech exacerbating the pre-existing structures of racism in the food system, and methods for analyzing AgTech’s fit within organic ideals.

    The two conferences will be virtual, followed by a hackathon, in collaboration with the Gathering for Open Ag Technology (GOAT), which will take place at the MOSES annual meeting with regional hubs throughout the US.

    Feel free to participate in the virtual conferences even if you are not able to attend the hackathon! Register Now

    Location: Virtual

    This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, OREI project # 2020-51300-32185.

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    The Organic Center is collaborating with the USDA ERS, California State University, Fresno, and Purdue University on a virtual conference series and hackathon examining agricultural technology (AgTech...
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 5:00pm
    Hack@Organic

    Hack@Organic

    Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 26, 2022 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Center is collaborating with the USDA ERS, California State University, Fresno, and Purdue University on a virtual conference series and hackathon examining agricultural technology (AgTech) in organic.

    The conferences will examine potential opportunities for technology to support the organic sector, pitfalls when it comes to access and equity in AgTech, historical and current examples of AgTech exacerbating the pre-existing structures of racism in the food system, and methods for analyzing AgTech’s fit within organic ideals.

    The two conferences will be virtual, followed by a hackathon, in collaboration with the Gathering for Open Ag Technology (GOAT), which will take place at the MOSES annual meeting with regional hubs throughout the US.

    Feel free to participate in the virtual conferences even if you are not able to attend the hackathon! Learn More.

    Location: La Crosse, WI

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    The Organic Center is collaborating with the USDA ERS, California State University, Fresno, and Purdue University on a virtual conference series and hackathon examining agricultural technology (AgTech...