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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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  • Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:00am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Naturally Good Expo

    Naturally Good Expo

    Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 8:00am to Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Naturally Good Expo is a total business event that’s 100% devoted to all things healthy, organic and natural. As the largest event for healthy retailers, brands and practitioners in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the place where serious buyers meet with suppliers for two days of business, networking, education and to celebrate the latest exciting opportunities within the health and wellness retail market.

    The Organic Trade Association will have a booth at the Expo, and is also selling shared booth space at the OTA booth. The sign-up fee is $600, and the package includes: 1m counter top space in OTA's booth, 1 single occupancy hotel room at OTA's selected hotel, 1 round-trip economy flight booked by OTA's travel agent, and some in-country meals. In order to qualify, you must represent products that are majority U.S. based ingredients by value or volume (minimum 51%), have some experience in exporting, and be USDA certified organic. Click here to register!

    For more information contact Monique Marez, Director of International Trade. 

    Trade Show Information:

    April 29-30, 2018

    Sydney, Australia 

    Naturally Good Expo is a total business event that’s 100% devoted to all things healthy, organic and natural. As the largest event for healthy retailers, brands and practitioners in the Southern Hem...
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm
    Webinar - U.S. Organic Trade with Korea

    Webinar - U.S. Organic Trade with Korea

    Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 3:00pm

    Join us for a webinar, May 3 at 3 p.m. EST concerning U.S. organic product trade with Korea. Click here to register! 

    U.S. organic exports to Korea have increased from $5 million before equivalency in 2014 to $23 million in 2017. The organic market is growing, and many Korean customers are looking for USDA certified U.S. made organic products. This webinar will cover some Korean organic market developments including new products on the shelves, consumer insights and trade policy. It will also discuss the Organic Trade Association’s recent activities in Korea including its Korean language Facebook page, promotion with E-Mart, and influencer endorsements. Learn about our 2018 program and share your thoughts for 2019 promotions.

    Please register now, and direct questions to Monique Marez, the Organic Trade Association’s Director for International Trade.

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    Join us for a webinar, May 3 at 3 p.m. EST concerning U.S. organic product trade with Korea. Click here to register!  U.S. organic exports to Korea have increased from $5 million before equivale...
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind.

    • It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Everyone from small organic producers to major growers, from family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, from researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will all come together to advance organic policy priorities.

    • It is a week of education and advocacy. Join discussions on federal policy issues critical to our nation’s nearly $50 billion organic sector. Take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities. Make a difference in Washington, D.C., and bring tools to advance organic back to your home state.

    • It is an unforgettable experience. Through keynote speeches by national thought leaders, inspiring moments from the business sector, and intimate networking opportunities, you will experience the impact of the organic sector in one powerful week.

    The week's activities include:

    Monday (all day) + Tuesday (morning), May 21-22
    The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit at USDA 

    Tuesday (afternoon), May 22
    Organic Trade Association's Member Meetings + Workshop at The Hall of the States

    Wednesday, May 23
    Organic Trade Association's Hill Visits Day on Capitol Hill

    Thursday, May 24
    Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference at the historic National Press Club

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit (May 21- 22) is colocated with The Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference and Hill Visits Day (May 23-24)  

     
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    Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind. It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Everyone from small organi...
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:30pm
    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    The Organic Center Confluences Summit

    Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 5:30pm

    The Organic Center’s 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, at the Hall of the States, Washington, D.C. The Organic Confluences Summit  is held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C.

    The 2018 event is all about advancing the transfer of knowledge to support organic food and farming. The conference brings together organic stakeholders to examine ways to improve research communication among farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers. Scientists from across the United States will present the latest research on how organic farming practices benefit soil health, water quality, biodiversity, and pollinators, and can contribute to climate change mitigation. To see some of the highlights presented at last year's summit, visit The Organic Center's website. Please contact Tracy Misiewicz, The Organic Center's Associate Director of Science Programs, with questions. 

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    The Organic Center’s 2018 Organic Confluences Summit will take place Monday and Tuesday, May 21-22, at the Hall of the States, Washington, D.C. The Organic Confluences Summit  is held...
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm
    2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference

    2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 6:00pm to Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 1:30pm

    The 2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference will be taking place July 21-24 in Minneapolis, MN. 

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be presenting a session at the Conference titled "The Strength of the USDA Label", taking place on Sunday, July 22, from 1:15pm - 2:45pm. 

    In this session, you will learn about critical organic topics, their status, and what’s being done to ensure that our hard-built standards and consumer trust will continue to thrive. Retailers will receive information and resources to help keep you and your shoppers better informed so we can all engage and continue to grow organic. USDA organic is the culmination of over 30 years of work. It was built by a coalition of organic farmers, handlers, consumers, animal welfare and environmental organizations that recognized the need for one common federal standard to ensure consistency, build consumer trust and allow the sector to flourish. To date, the organic label remains the only regulated eco-claim in the marketplace with third-party certification, federal oversight and enforcement and it continues to be the fastest- growing sector in agriculture. But can organic survive in the current era? Amid the Trump Administration’s failure to implement thoroughly vetted organic regulations and a marketplace drawn to shiny new add-on labels, retailers are bound to have questions. Attend this session and learn more! 

    Conference Information:

    July 21-24, 2018

    Minneapolis, MN

    The 2018 Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) Annual Conference will be taking place July 21-24 in Minneapolis, MN.  Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulato...
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 28,000 industry professionals and 1,900 exhibits to the Baltimore Convention Center.

    The Organic Trade Association will exhibit at Natural Products Expo East, booth #1211, and organize the All Things Organic Conference at the show. On September 12th, The Organic Trade Association will also host a Board Meeting, Annual Membership Meeting, and Annual Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, MD. Click here for more information on these events!

    Trade Show Information: 

    September 12-15, 2018

    Baltimore Convention Center - Baltimore, MD

    Natural Products Expo East continues to be the East Coast's leading trade show in the natural, organic and healthy products industry, attracting over 28,000 industry professionals and 1,900 exhibits t...
  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:30pm
    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 6:30pm

    Organic Trade Association's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together to honor the Leadership Award winners. We will also host OTA’s Annual Membership Meeting. If you are looking for a fun and memorable way to kick off Natural Products Expo East, then you won’t want to miss this incredible night.

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    Organic Trade Association's Annual Leadership Awards Celebration is THE kick -off event to Expo East. Attendees can explore one of Baltimore's unique venues as we bring the organic community together ...
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm
    SIAL Paris

    SIAL Paris

    Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not only the European Union but also from the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

    The Organic Trade Association will have a booth at SIAL Paris, and will also host 7 organic companies in shared booth space at the OTA booth. For more information contact Monique Marez.

    Trade Show Information: 

    October 21-25, 2018

    Paris, France

     

     

     

    SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not on...

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