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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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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:45pm to Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:45pm
    Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour

    Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour

    Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:45pm to Friday, September 22, 2017 - 8:45pm

    The Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour led by FiBl and IFOAM E.U. will be held September 21-22, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine. Ukraine is quickly becoming a major exporter of organic products especially feed grains for livestock.  This conference and tour will address organic supply chain integrity.  Representatives from the National Organic Program, Organic Trade Assocation, and U.S. industry are welcome to participate. The full agenda is now available. Please contact Monique Marez to learn more.

    The Ukraine Organic Farming Integrity Tour led by FiBl and IFOAM E.U. will be held September 21-22, 2017 in Odessa, Ukraine. Ukraine is quickly becoming a major exporter of organic products especially...
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:30pm to Friday, October 6, 2017 - 7:30pm
    Provender Alliance Conference 2017

    Provender Alliance Conference 2017

    Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:30pm to Friday, October 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

    The 2017 Provender Alliance Conference will be held October 4-6 in Hood River, OR. Organic Trade Association staff will hold a session on "Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket." To learn more or to connect with OTA staff at the conference, please contact Gwendolyn Wyard

    Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket

    Time: Friday October 6 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location: Hood River Inn - Hood River, Oregon
    Speaker(s): Nathaniel Lewis | Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association • Gwendolyn Wyard | Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association

    Back by popular demand! This session will provide up-to-date and accurate information on various controversial organic issues (background and current status) including where the topic is at in the regulatory process and how shoppers can weigh in and make their voices heard. Featured products in the shopping basket will include (but not limited to):

    • Hydroponically grown organic tomatoes
    • Organic eggs
    • Organic soybeans imported from Turkey
    • Transitional breakfast cereal
    • Soup in a can lined with Bisphenol A (BPA)
    • Organic gummy bears with natural flavors and colors

    Do you have specific questions? Bring your controversial product or label to the workshop and we’ll answer your questions!

    The 2017 Provender Alliance Conference will be held October 4-6 in Hood River, OR. Organic Trade Association staff will hold a session on "Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket." To...
  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:45pm
    Organic Food Day: Finland

    Organic Food Day: Finland

    Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:45pm

    Finland's Organic Food Day will be held October 5, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The Organic Trade Assoiation will speak at the event to deliver comments on the challenges, trends, and successes of the U.S. organic industry. Contact Monique Marez to learn more. 

    Finland's Organic Food Day will be held October 5, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The Organic Trade Assoiation will speak at the event to deliver comments on the challenges, trends, and successes of the U...
  • Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm
    ANUGA

    ANUGA

    Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm

    ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. OTA will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga in the Organic Hall.  The OTA participant package includes 1 round trip flight, 1 hotel room for the duration of the show, 1m tabletop space, and signage at the show. In order to qualify you must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume.  Contact Monique Marez if you are interested.

     

     

    ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. OTA will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga i...
  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm
    Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

    Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

    Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm

    OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will include a market briefing, retail tours, and 1:1 meetings with pre-qualified buyers all pre-arranged by OTA.  For more information please contact Monique Marez.

    OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will inclu...
  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

    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. A more detailed agenda and the meeting materials will be available on or before September 12. The meeting will take place at the Omni Jacksonville. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

    For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Meeting Information:

    Omni Jacksonville
    Jacksonville, FL
     

    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 No...
  • Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:15am to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:15am
    Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2017

    Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2017

    Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:15am to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:15am

    The third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads will take place November 6-7 in St. Louis, MO.  The forum brings together handlers, buyers and processors to address current and future challenges in meeting growing demand for organic and non-GMO products and other emerging opportunities for specialization in conventional agriculture. This event covers both the practical and business end of the organic, non-GMO and conventional supply chain and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector. Register now.

    The third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads will take place November 6-7 in St. Louis, MO.  The forum brings together handlers, buyers and processors to ad...
  • Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm
    IFOAM World Congress

    IFOAM World Congress

    Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm

    The IFOAM World Congress will be held November 9 – 11, 2017 in New Dheli, India. Several members of the Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) community will speak at the event. This gathering happens once every three years and is a meeting point for organic stakeholders worldwide. OTA will speak during 5 unique sessions at the congress.  For more information visit: https://owc.ifoam.bio/2017 or contact Monique Marez to learn more.

    The IFOAM World Congress will be held November 9 – 11, 2017 in New Dheli, India. Several members of the Organic Trade Assocation (OTA) community will speak at the event. This gathering happens once ...
  • Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner

    Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm

    Save the Date! The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Don't miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West. Come to meet old friends and make new ones, to be inspired and entertained, and to enjoy a fantastic organic meal – all in support of The Organic Center. This event is located at the Marriot Hotel in Anaheim, CA. 

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    Save the Date! The Organic Center's 15th Annual Benefit Dinner will take place on Thursday, March 8, 2018.  Don't miss the biggest, and best, business networking dinner at Expo West.&nb...
  • Monday, May 21, 2018 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week DC: Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

    Organic Week DC: Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days

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

    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Week D.C. will take place in Washington D.C., May 21-24, 2018. 

    OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. headquarters this spring to take part in these important discussions about the future of organic, and to help raise the profile of organic on Capitol Hill.  

    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 Member Working Sessions at The Hall of the States

    Wednesday, May 23
    Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

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

    OTA's Policy Conference and Hill Visit Days are co-located with The Organic Center Confluences Summit (May 22- 23).

     
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    SAVE THE DATE! The Organic Trade Association's 2018 Organic Week D.C. will take place in Washington D.C., May 21-24, 2018.  OTA looks forward to welcoming you to our Washington, D.C. headquar...
  • 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

    SAVE THE DATE! 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 summit is held in conjunction with Organic Week D.C. This year's summit will bring together scientists, policymakers, farmers and industry to connect research on the environmental benefits of organic farming practices with policy to improve the sustainability of U.S agriculture. 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 The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs Jessica Shade with questions. 

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    SAVE THE DATE! 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 summit is held in conj...

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