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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, August 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Spark Change 2020: Powered by Natural Products Expo

    Spark Change 2020: Powered by Natural Products Expo

    Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 2:00pm to Thursday, December 31, 2020 - 5:00pm

    In place of Natural Products Expo East 2020, New Hope Network has launched Spark Change, a dynamic virtual platform that is helping the natural and organic industry stay connected. 

    Spark Change is a virtual journey of product discovery, networking and education that both addresses the challenges of today and provides a meaningful virtual platform to help the natural products industry stay connected year-round and into the future. 

    Organic Trade Association is exhibiting in the Product Discovery Zone, featured as an industry partner in the Resource Center, and collaborating with New Hope on educational content for the Organic and Regenerative Agriculture Community Event Day coming up on October 28, 2020! 

    Spark Change is live through the rest of 2020! In order to connect with us through the platform, you will first need to register for Spark Change. Registration is easy and free.

    Check out the full agenda here, the platform has a jam-packed schedule through the end of the year! Key event dates below. Stay tuned for more info on October 28th programing! 

    • October 7 - Modern Health Community Event
    • October 28 - Organic & Regenerative Agriculture Community Event
    • November 12-13 - Spark Celebration Culminating Day 1&2

    For additional information, contact Adrienne Messe

    In place of Natural Products Expo East 2020, New Hope Network has launched Spark Change, a dynamic virtual platform that is helping the natural and organic industry stay connected.  Spark Chan...
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm
    VIRTUAL NOSB Fall Meeting

    VIRTUAL NOSB Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place ONLINE October 27-29, 2020! This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in-person, but was transitioned to a virtual event due to Covid-19.

    The NOSB will meet 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 2022, 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:

    October 27-29, 2020

    ONLINE VIRTUAL EVENT 

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place ONLINE October 27-29, 2020! This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in-person, but was transiti...
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Address Organic Research Needs

    WEBINAR: Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Address Organic Research Needs

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Last year, The Organic Center partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to hold a convening examining research areas that would have the most impact on advancing the organic sector, explore avenues for private-public partnerships, and identify areas where industry is interested in investing in research. The convening’s objective was to identify high-impact research areas that could have a substantial positive impact on advancing organic production systems, build partnerships in support of scientific collaborations, and provide a venue for cross-sector sharing of ideas and priorities. This webinar will present the outcomes from that convening, share information about FFAR funding, and gather your input on research needs that are critical for advancing the organic sector.

    • Esteemed Panelists:
    • Brise Tencer, Executive Director | Organic Farming Research Foundation (Q&A participant)
    • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Asst. Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center
    • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center
    • LaKisha Odom, PhD, Scientific Program Director | Foundation

    You can download the full outcomes from the convening here, and we are soliciting comments on the outcome document here.

    Click here to learn more about the project. 

    Open to all

    REGISTER

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    Last year, The Organic Center partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to hold a convening examining research areas that would have the most impact on...
  • Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    2020 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

    2020 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

    Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    2020 has been an eventful year for the organic industry. This is true from an agricultural and market perspective, but also in the realms of regulatory and legislative affairs – where progress is not always a linear process. Join Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team for a live webinar that clarifies the processes and entities that govern organic, and to receive an update on actions taken in 2020, as well potential developments and trade association priorities for 2021. 

    • Esteemed Panelists:
    • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions | Organic Trade Association
    • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director | Organic Trade Association

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

    This webinar will be recorded. Register to be updated when the recording is available. 

    Registration closes at 12 pm Eastern. If you register after 12 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 24 hours of its completion. 

    REGISTER

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    2020 has been an eventful year for the organic industry. This is true from an agricultural and market perspective, but also in the realms of regulatory and legislative affairs – where progress is no...
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:00am
    VIRTUAL Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    VIRTUAL Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:00am

    The Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) will host their first ever virtual Annual Conference on November 18, 2020. Megan Debates, Organic Trade Association's Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, will be a featured presenter! 

    This conference will explore organic milk starting with on-farm requirements and follow it through the value chain to our end users. Our goal is to provide insights and perspectives from those who produce, process, utilize and consume organic milk. This interactive webinar, hosted on zoom, will allow for questions and answers from our impactful speakers and our supporting sponsors. Download conference flyer here! Register by October 19, 2020 at www.wodpa.com

    FARM TO MARKET: EXPLORING THE ORGANIC DAIRY VALUE CHAIN

    • How to address Animal Rights Activism on Your Dairy
    • WODPA Business Meeting
    • Why Consumers Choose Organic
    • Organic Milk in Food Service

    Featured Presenters Include:

    • National Organic Program, Dr. Jennifer Tucker
    • National Organic Coalition, Abby Youngblood
    • Organic Trade Association, Megan DeBates
    The Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) will host their first ever virtual Annual Conference on November 18, 2020. Megan Debates, Organic Trade Association's Director of Legislative ...
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: 2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center

    WEBINAR: 2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    Come learn about the hottest science in the field of organic food and farming from 2020. This webinar brings together leading scientists to talk about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come  in this challenging year. Hear about what studies have changed the industry, how COVID has changed the research landscape, and what we foresee for the scientific outlook for 2021. 

    • Esteemed Panelists: 
    • Asa Bradman, PhD, Professor, Associate Director and Co-founder | University of California, Merced & CERCH
    • John P. Reganold, PhD, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology | Washington State University
    • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)
    • Houston Wilson, PhD, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist & Director| University of California, Riverside & Organic Agriculture Institute
    • Jayson Porter, PhD Candidate in Mexican Environmental History, Department of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences | Northwestern University

    Open to all

    This webinar will be recorded. Register to be updated when the recording is available. Registration closes at 1 pm Eastern. If you register after 1 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 48 hours of its completion. 

    REGISTER

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    Come learn about the hottest science in the field of organic food and farming from 2020. This webinar brings together leading scientists to talk about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come ...
  • Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL EcoFarm Conference

    VIRTUAL EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Save the date for the 41st annual EcoFarm Conference, January 20 - 23, 2021, taking place online! 

    This conference will feature the traditional learning opportunites and events such as keynote speakers, conference intensives, discussion groups, award ceremonies, 35+ workshops by track, and networking opportunities galore!

    The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, wil be featured on a panel during the conference discussing biodiversity in organic production. 

    Check back soon for more info on this session and the full conference agenda! 

     

    Save the date for the 41st annual EcoFarm Conference, January 20 - 23, 2021, taking place online!  This conference will feature the traditional learning opportunites and events such as keynote...
  • Monday, April 26, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week D.C.

    Organic Week D.C.

    Monday, April 26, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Join us for our signature policymaking event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. at the Intercontinental at the Wharf on D.C.'s waterfront for three days of advocacy and countless connections.

    April 26-28, 2021 | INTERCONTINENTAL - AT THE WHARF ON D.C.’s WATERFRONT

    THREE DAYS. ONE LOCATION. COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS.

    We have to plan for a successful organic future and we need you involved! This is a critical time for the organic sector. The Organic Trade Association’s Organic Week in Washington, D.C. is all about the future of organic. 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 lay the groundwork to advance organic policy priorities. 

    The Organic Trade Association’s unprecedented partnership with Food Tank promises to bring to the forefront the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. You’ll learn what’s really at stake and how to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact organic. Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy for farmers to retailers and everyone in between looking for clarity on what’s happening now and how to prepare for the future.

    THREE DAYS

    Day 1 will have you rolling up your sleeves and finding solutions (Monday April 26, 2021)
    MEMBER DAY starts with a workshop on repairing the public-private partnership and advancing continuous improvement in organic. It’s been 30 years since Congress passed the law that established the national organic program. What should the future of organic look like for the next 30 years? A day of roundtable discussions and thought provoking breakouts will be finished off by a networking reception and celebratory dinner honoring our inspirational Leadership Award winners.

    Day 2 will leave you inspired (Tuesday April 27, 2021)
    CONFERENCE DAY, in partnership with Food Tank, will deliver a powerful collaboration that promises to bring to the forefront the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. It will facilitate open and thoughtful discussions by organic industry leaders, policy experts, organic farmers, retailers and everyone in between looking for clarity on what’s happening now, how to prepare for the future and how to continue advancing organic. This is the first Food Tank summit focused exclusively on organic agriculture.

    Day 3 will have you on your feet (Wednesday April 28, 2021)
    ADVOCACY DAY is a meaningful way to lend your voice and help educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of organic. Members will work in small teams to attend hundreds of pre-scheduled meetings across Capitol Hill. We’ll toast a full day of advocating for organic with cocktails and appetizers, side by side with policy makers, during our Congressional Reception.

    Monday’s Member Day workshops and Wednesday’s Advocacy Day meetings are offered exclusively to Organic Trade Association Members. To learn more about the many benefits of membership contact the Organic Trade Association.

    ONE LOCATION

    The InterContinental at the Wharf in Washington, D.C. is the Organic Week headquarters hotel where all activities will be based. Book our Residency Package to enhance your opportunities to meet with colleagues, share experiences and enjoy the convenience of one central location (that’s right, no Uber’s needed).

    Ranked #1 on Conde Nast Traveler's best D.C. hotels, the InterContinental is located on the Potomac River with incredible views in D.C.’s recently revitalized Southwest waterfront promenade. Organic Week attendees will settle in to this beautiful location to learn together and work together.  You will be steps away from award winning restaurants and bars, recreational activities, a newly opened concert hall and D.C.’s original fish market. When you book the Organic Week Residency Package, you get luxurious accommodations and tremendous convenience. All workshops, meetings, and conference sessions will be held on-site, making it easy to return to your room for breaks (or work).

    The Organic Week Residency Package gives you the VIP experience and full access to: Member Day Workshops + Leadership Awards Dinner + Annual Membership Meeting + Conference Day + Advocacy Day + Congressional Reception + 4 nights’ at the InterContinental + all organic food and beverage.

    COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS

    Organic Week in Washington D.C. is a one of a kind opportunity to gain strategic insights, new advocacy tools and valuable personal connections. There will be countless opportunities for connecting with attendees and sponsors whether at the rooftop pool, the hotel bar, or during our exclusive networking breakfasts. Join us for the event that unites the entire organic sector to take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities.

    Interested in sponsorship? Contact Cassandra Christine, Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, to learn more about Organic Week 2020 sponsorship opportunities. 

     

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    Join us for our signature policymaking event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. at the Intercontinental at the Wharf on D.C.'s waterfront for three days of advocacy and countless connections....
  • 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...