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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, September 25, 2019 - 11:00am
    Webinar: The Organic Center Presents: The Biodiversity Calculator - A Simple Tool for Tracking & Managing Biodiversity for NOP Compliance

    Webinar: The Organic Center Presents: The Biodiversity Calculator - A Simple Tool for Tracking & Managing Biodiversity for NOP Compliance

    Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 11:00am

    Biodiversity is critical for healthy, functioning organic farms, and is central to the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation. However, the burden of designing and implementing biodiversity plans still falls on the farmer. This workshop will highlight a new, farmer-friendly tool that can aid farmers in technical decisions to increase on-farm biodiversity and comply with the new guidance. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    Biodiversity is critical for healthy, functioning organic farms, and is central to the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation. However, the burden of designing and implementin...
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Shiftcon Social Media Conference

    Shiftcon Social Media Conference

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Shiftcon Social Media Conference, taking place October 3-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, was created to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment. This conference blends professional workshops, networking, parties, and intense collaboration of changemakers from all over under one roof. With a solid focus on green content creation, food & environmental activism, organic and nonGMO food, social media marketing, educating the public, natural products, recruiting additional influencers and making this world better for future generations.

    The Organic Center's Science Project Manager, Dr. Amber Sciligo, will be speaking during a few sessions at Shiftcon. Check back soon for more information on these sessions. Contact Amber Sciligo if you'd like to connect at the Conference! 

    Conference Information: 

    October 3-5, 2019

    Grand Hyatt in Buckhead

    Atlanta, GA

    The Shiftcon Social Media Conference, taking place October 3-5, 2019 in Atlanta, GA, was created to support social media influencers who care about food, wellness, health and the environment. This con...
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm
    Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit

    Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit

    Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

    Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit will be taking place on October 3rd. The theme for the event is “30 years with our roots in the soil, planting the seeds for the future”. 

    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking on the following panel discussion from 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. See more info on the full Summit agenda here! 

    The Future State of the Organic Industry: Where are we headed & how can we grow our success?

    Panelists: Laura Batcha, CEO/Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association; Ryan Nicholl, chief creative officer at Inked Organics Bread Co.; Tina Owens, senior director of agricultural funding & communication at Danone North America; William Van Vorous, COO of Heather's Tummy Care.

    Summit Information:

    October 3, 2019 | 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    The Pannikin Building

    San Diego, CA

    For more information contact Adrienne Messe

    Quality Assurance International's (QAI) 30th Anniversary Customer Summit will be taking place on October 3rd. The theme for the event is “30 years with our roots in the soil, planting the seeds...
  • Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Anuga

    Anuga

    Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

    Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000 visitors at the show. With ten trade shows, an informative event program and the largest participation of exhibitors, 2019 is shaping up to be the number one event again.

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

    Trade Show Information:

    October 5-9, 2019

    Cologne, Germany

    Anuga, taking place October 5-9, 2019 in Cologne, Germany, is the largest trade fair in the world and the most important industry meeting point. In 2017, there were 7,405 exhibitors and around 165,000...
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 2:00pm
    Webinar: Meet Your Board of Directors

    Webinar: Meet Your Board of Directors

    Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

    Join CEO / Executive Director Laura Batcha for a virtual follow up to Organic Trade Association's Annual Meeting. You'll hear about the strategic priorities the Board of Directors have set for the organization, and meet its newest members. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    Join CEO / Executive Director Laura Batcha for a virtual follow up to Organic Trade Association's Annual Meeting. You'll hear about the strategic priorities the Board of Directors have set for the org...
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

    National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

    Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 8:00am to Friday, October 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting is taking place October 23-25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. 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 2021, and guidance on organic policies.

    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 23-25, 2019

    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh City Center

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting is taking place October 23-25, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA. The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion fro...
  • Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 5:00pm
    American Agricultural Law Association 2019 Annual Educational Symposium

    American Agricultural Law Association 2019 Annual Educational Symposium

    Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The American Agricultural Law Association 2019 Annual Educational Symposium will be taking place November 7-9, 2019 in Washington D.C. This annual event brings together over 300 international, national, and regional legal and policy experts to discuss and address issues in agriculture, trade, natural resources, water, food, environmental and agribusiness law. Attendees include policy makers; in-house counsel; large, small and solo practitioners; academics; government attorneys; and students.

    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in the following session at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9th: 

    National Organic Program - Legal Update
    A number of Washington Post stories in past year have challenged the organic industry’s integrity for imported organic products and livestock/pasture compliance. This panel will provide a legal overview and reports on organic integrity, livestock and pasture rules, organic enforcement and FOIA issues. The session will be moderated by Chip English, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. Laura Batcha will speak alongside Jenny Tucker, Deputy Administrator NOP, Agricultural Marketing Service.

    Conference Information:

    November 7-9, 2019

    Washington, D.C. 

    For more information contact Adrienne Messe

    The American Agricultural Law Association 2019 Annual Educational Symposium will be taking place November 7-9, 2019 in Washington D.C. This annual event brings together over 300 internationa...
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 5:00pm
    African Organic Conference

    African Organic Conference

    Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The African Organic Conference will be taking place November 9-16 in Morocco. 

    Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking at the Conference on how organc can feed the world. Jessica will also attend the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) Board Meeting. More more information, contact Jessica Shade

    Conference Information:

    November 9-16, 2019

    Morocco 

    The African Organic Conference will be taking place November 9-16 in Morocco.  Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking at the Conference on how org...
  • Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Webinar: NOSB Wrap-Up

    Webinar: NOSB Wrap-Up

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 1:00pm

    Join Organic Trade Association's regulatory team for a briefing on the issues discussed at  the National Organic Standards Board's fall meeting. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    Join Organic Trade Association's regulatory team for a briefing on the issues discussed at  the National Organic Standards Board's fall meeting. Learn more about our Webinar series and how t...
  • Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting

    Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting

    Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be taking place November 17-20, 2019, in St. Louis, MO. Follow the links for more information on confirmed symposia, workshops and organized meetings.

    Dr. Amber Sciligo, The Organic Center's Science Project Manager, is organizing a symposium at the Meeting titled "Finding Common Ground: Non-chemical Pest-Management to Protect Organic and Conventional Crops". For more information, contact Amber Sciligo

    Meeting Information:

    November 17-20, 2019

    St. Louis, MO

    The Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting will be taking place November 17-20, 2019, in St. Louis, MO. Follow the links for more information on confirmed symposia, workshops and organized me...
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
    Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Your OTA Membership

    Webinar: Getting the Most Out of Your OTA Membership

    Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 3:00pm

    If you've joined Organic Trade Association in the past year, or if it's been a while since you've engaged, you've come to the right place! During this fast paced Webinar, we'll introduce you to the people and programs behind your trade association, so you can maximze your investment, and position your busines for success. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    If you've joined Organic Trade Association in the past year, or if it's been a while since you've engaged, you've come to the right place! During this fast paced Webinar, we'll introduce you to the pe...
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Montana Organic Association Annual Conference

    Montana Organic Association Annual Conference

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Montana Organic Association's Annual Conference will be taking place December 4-7, 2019 in Bozeman, MT. 

    The Montana Organic Association (MOA) brings together people, businesses, organizations, and agencies who are working to develop Montana's organic industry. MOA is proud of its legacy that has led Montana to be a national leader in organic production. But MOA is more than organic production; it also serves to educate about organic products including food, fiber, and non-food items like personal care items and household supplies, and ways to limit the use of chemicals in everyday life. MOA also advocates for policies that protect the environment, promote healthy living, and support individuals, farms and businesses who are actively engaged in developing sustainable businesses and communities. MOA accomplishes this through hosting events, serving as an educational resource, providing network opportunities, and communications.

    The Montana Organic Association (MOA) is a member of the Organic Trade Association's Farmers Advisory Council. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be attending the Annual Conference. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

    Conference Information:

    December 4-7, 2019

    Bozeman, MT

    The Montana Organic Association's Annual Conference will be taking place December 4-7, 2019 in Bozeman, MT.  The Montana Organic Association (MOA) brings together people, businesses, organi...
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Organic Growers Summit

    Organic Growers Summit

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Growers Summit will be taking place December 4-5, 2019 in Monterey, CA. Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers.

    Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at the Summit, stop by and say hello! Contact Cassandra Christine, Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, Membership, and Development,  if you'd like to setup a meeting with us at the show. 

    Summit Information:

    December 4-5, 2019

    Monterey Conference Center

    Monterey, California 

    The Organic Growers Summit will be taking place December 4-5, 2019 in Monterey, CA. Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grow...
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 2:00pm
    Webinar: Top 10 Organic Headlines of 2019

    Webinar: Top 10 Organic Headlines of 2019

    Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

    Join Organic Trade Association to review the stories that made news in organic in 2019. We'll review the most compelling issues and discuss tips and resources for representing organic and your brand accurately in the media. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    Join Organic Trade Association to review the stories that made news in organic in 2019. We'll review the most compelling issues and discuss tips and resources for representing organic and your brand a...
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place via phone conference on December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. 

    The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a year, two or three in-person meetings and one or two via teleconference. Each Board member serves on one of the three committees: Executive, Community Relations, or Governance.  Each committee typically meets once per month.

    For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

    Meeting Information:

    December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. 

    Phone Conference 

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    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place via phone conference on December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.  The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full...
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 1:00pm
    Webinar: Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

    Webinar: Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

    Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 1:00pm

    It was a busy year for organic in Washington. Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, will discuss important advancements for organic, provide Farm Bill  implementation updates, child nutrition, Continuous Improvement in Organic Standards, and more. We'll also look ahead to the 2020 legislative outlook and the upcoming election. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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    It was a busy year for organic in Washington. Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, will discuss important advancements for organic, provide Farm Bill  implementation upd...

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