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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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  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Buyers Mission: Healthy, Natural, and Organic Products

    VIRTUAL Buyers Mission: Healthy, Natural, and Organic Products

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association and Food Export are planning a virtual buyers mission in place of the event we typically host at Expo West, to take place April 13-15, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, but please note that some meetings could take place outside of these regular business hours to accommodate buyer time zones. While we would love to host the event in person at Expo West, we aren’t confident international travel will have resumed in time to host the wide range of buyers we typically bring to the show. 

    Buyers from around the world will participate, and companies have been invited from South America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, the U.A.E, the U.K. , and more! 


    The cost to participate is $75 per company for OTA to register you with the online platform and schedule meetings for you with interested buyers. You will receive profiles of the participating buyers including contact information prior to your meetings. Please note we will be scheduling meetings based on buyer preferences and time zones, and meetings could occur outside of regular business hours. 

    Contact Alexis Carey, OTA's International Trade Manager, if you have questions. Click here to register! 

    For all USDA MAP programs, all of the products you promote must be USDA certified organic, produced in the USA, and made of 51% or more of U.S. based ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  This is the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for Organic Trade Association activities.  All supplier participants must complete Organic Trade Association’s online evaluation following the activity and a 6 month follow-up evaluation. All participants must also agree to be available online for the entire meeting window. 

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    The Organic Trade Association and Food Export are planning a virtual buyers mission in place of the event we typically host at Expo West, to take place April 13-15, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00...
  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems

    WEBINAR: Maximizing Carbon Sequestration in Organic Systems

    Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Organic has the advantage when it comes to mitigating climate change and building soil health by quantifying the carbon sequestration potential of organic soil management practices. Join The Organic Center on April 15 to learn more from the Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, co-author of a recently-published paper that looks within organic management and builds on The Organic Center’s continued delivery on GRO Organic’s climate change and soil health portfolio. The project not only highlights the areas where organic excels at locking greenhouse gas in the soil, but also identifies the areas that are having the biggest beneficial impact, allowing organic growers to maximize their climate change fighting power.

    • Esteemed Panelists: 
    • Robert Crystal-Ornelas, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Energy Geosciences Division | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center (Facilitator)

    Open to all

    REGISTER NOW

    This Webinar will be recorded and shared on demand approximately 2 business days following the presentation. Register to learn when it will be available. 

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    Organic has the advantage when it comes to mitigating climate change and building soil health by quantifying the carbon sequestration potential of organic soil management practices. Join The Orga...
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    WEBINAR: Introducing the Organic Market Basket

    WEBINAR: Introducing the Organic Market Basket

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Introducing the Organic Market Basket | Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 am Pacific 

    More details coming soon!

    • Esteemed Panelists: 
    • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights | Organic Trade Association
    • Jeff Crumpton, Retail Business Consultant | SPINS

    Complimentary to OTA members 
    Not-yet member registrations: $149

    REGISTER

    This Webinar will be recorded and shared on demand approximately 2 business days following the presentation. Registration to watch the webinar live closes at 1 pm Eastern / 10 am Pacific. If you register after this time, we will provide registration information to watch the presentation on demand after the Webinar is completed. 

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    Introducing the Organic Market Basket | Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 12:00 pm Eastern / 9:00 am Pacific  More details coming soon! Esteemed Panelists:  Angela Jagiello, Director of...
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm
    NOSB Spring Meeting

    NOSB Spring Meeting

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm

    The NOSB will meet April 28-30, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2023, and recommendations on organic policies.

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes on recommendations to the Secretary in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments, will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be attending the meeting and submitting written and oral recommendations to the NOSB on behalf of Organic Trade Assocation Members. For more information or to connect at the meeting, contact Gwendolyn Wyard.

    Meeting Information:

    The Westin Crystal City
    1800 Richmond Highway
    Arlington, Virginia 22202

    The NOSB will meet April 28-30, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National Lis...
  • Monday, May 10, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Trade Mission to Australia & New Zealand

    VIRTUAL Trade Mission to Australia & New Zealand

    Monday, May 10, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, May 12, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Virtual Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand, taking place May 10-12, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

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    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Virtual Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand, taking place May 10-12, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding...
  • Monday, May 10, 2021 - 9:00pm to Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL American Spice Trade Association

    VIRTUAL American Spice Trade Association

    Monday, May 10, 2021 - 9:00pm to Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The American Spice Trade Association, the voice of the U.S. spice industry in the global market, is hosting their conferenece online May 10-13, 2021. 

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, will be a featured expert in the "Ask the Export - Organic Regulations, EMA" session taking place Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2:45 - 3:15 p.m. EST. This “Ask the Expert” session is an informal opportunity for members to raise questions and discussion topics of interest on organic regulations. Come prepared with specific questions on organics.

    The American Spice Trade Association, the voice of the U.S. spice industry in the global market, is hosting their conferenece online May 10-13, 2021.  Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Associatio...
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 4:00pm
    The Organic Center Virtual Benefit

    The Organic Center Virtual Benefit

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 4:00pm

    The Organic Center will hold the largest ever virtual organic celebration on May 26, 2021 to showcase the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and products.

    Organic industry leaders and consumers will come together for the virtual event to celebrate the (in)credible science behind organic. The celebration will feature inspiring keynote speeches, informative research updates and organic recipe tutorials with influencer watch parties, raffle prizes, and ways to support sponsor companies and engage in the work of The Organic Center.

    “The Organic Center is committed to the pursuit and achievement of sound science for the public good. Its research empowers consumers and helps strengthen and expand sustainable farming to make organic even better by tackling critical issues like soil health, biodiversity and how organic can positively impact the environment and human health,” said Bob Kaake, Organic & Natural Technical Director at General Mills and member of The Organic Center’s Board of Trustees.

    Kaake added: “By leading with science, The Organic Center is at the forefront showing how organic agriculture can be part of the solution to climate change. Please support The Organic Center so it can continue to provide ‘(In)credible Science, Credibly Sourced.’”

    The virtual benefit will include live and pre-recorded program elements that feature the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and products. With no cost to attend the event, the consumer audience is expected to be large and diverse.

    Dr. Tyrone Hayes, groundbreaking biologist and activist, will be one of a handful of inspirational keynote speakers. Fan-favorite celebrity Chef Megan Mitchell will create video tutorials with custom recipes created from sponsor products. The virtual menu will be shared in advance so attendees can follow along from home.

    The event will be held during Natural Products Expo West, and will be hosted on New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo Virtual platform, which will also be the digital site for the organic and natural products community to access other virtual components of Natural Products Expo West. The Organic Center’s annual celebration has for 15 years been one of the most highly anticipated events at Expo, and is the single biggest fundraising event for The Organic Center.

    “We are very excited about our new venue for our benefit in 2021, and the potential to tell organic’s amazing story to a bigger audience than ever before,” said Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to do things in new ways, and it’s made organic, and the research on organic, even more important.”

    “At Organic Valley, we know the world needs more organic food. Research from The Organic Center shows the benefits of organic food and farming, and is essential to debunking myths and maintaining trust in the Organic seal. As a TOC board member, I believe funding this research is critical. The Organic Center continues to conduct and support innovative research on organic animal care, climate-smart farming practices, and more,” stressed Logan Peterman, Agricultural Data Scientist for Organic Valley and trustee for The Organic Center.

    Current sponsors for the 2021 event are Albert Lea Seed House, Aurora Organic Dairy, Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms, Danone, Firmenich, Lundberg Family Farms, New Hope Network, Organic Valley, Presence Marketing, Rogue Creamery and Whole Foods Market.

    There are six levels of sponsorship available. Contributions support The Organic Center’s work and allow it to continue to be THE trusted resource for scientific reporting on agriculture and food. For details on how to be one of the benefits sponsors, contact Douglas Korb.

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    The Organic Center will hold the largest ever virtual organic celebration on May 26, 2021 to showcase the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and prod...
  • Monday, June 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U.

    Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U.

    Monday, June 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U. taking place June 14-18, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. The Trade Mission activities will take place in London and Amsterdam, and participants in this Trade Mission will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Free From Expo, taking place June 15-16, 2021 in Amsterdam. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

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    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U. taking place June 14-18, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Th...
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, September 10, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Organic World Congress

    Organic World Congress

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, September 10, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place September 8-10, 2021 in Rennes, France. 

    The organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest organic gathering, every three years. Drawing from the motto, ‘From its Roots, Organic Inspires Life‘, this conference will address questions around resilience, societal transformation, ecosystem regeneration, health and food sovereignty are more. 

    OWC 2021 will aim to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences. The congress offers momentum and inspiration to all who take part and is seen as a leading event for the global organic sector.

    Organic Trade Association staff will be participating in some of the sessions. Check back soon for more details on session topics! 

    For more informatoin, contact Angela Jagiello, Organic Trade Association's Director of Education & Insights. 

    The Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place September 8-10, 2021 in Rennes, France.  The organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest orga...
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East will be taking place September 22-25, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. More information regarding how the show will continue to transform will be provided in the upcoming months, stay tuned!

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting 6-8 international buyers at the show to meet with U.S. organic suppliers interested in exporting. Meetings will take place September 20-25, 2021. If you are interested in participating in the Buyers Mission meetings, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Natural Products Expo East will be taking place September 22-25, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. More information regarding how the show will continue to transform will be provided in the upcoming mont...
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Anuga

    Anuga

    Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Anuga will be taking place October 9-13, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. This is the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages, breaks new grounds for the developments of the entire industry. It is the most important industry meeting point as the figures of 2019 once again impressively demonstrate: With 7,972 exhibitors and about 169,653 visitors, Anuga Cologne is clearly the number one food fair!

    Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show for 8 U.S. organic companies. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Anuga will be taking place October 9-13, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. This is the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages, breaks new grounds for the developments of the entire industry....
  • Monday, November 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Monday, November 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong for 8-10 U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Exact dates for this Trade Mission are still TBD, November 1-4, 2021 is tentative at this time, stay tuned for more info. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong for 8-10 U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Exact dates for this Trade Mission are still...