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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, July 25, 2017 - 2:45pm to Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:45pm
    Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo

    Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo

    Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 2:45pm to Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 7:45pm

    The Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo Japan. OTA will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certified organic farm outside of Tokyo for an organic 101 bootcamp.  Journalists will learn about organic agriculture principles, regulations, markets, and trends.  They will experience first-hand the benefits of organic and share the experience with their readers.  Immediately following OTA will participate in the 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo in Tokyo; highlighting USDA organic products to a curious Japanese market.  Did you know Japan is the third largest export destination for US organic products?  For more information on these activities please contact Monique Marez.

     

     

    The Japanese Journalist Bootcamp & 2nd Annual Organic Lifestyle Expo will take place from July 25-30 in Tokyo Japan. OTA will host 20 key Japanese journalists and influencers on a certif...
  • Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:45am to Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 6:45pm
    Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s FarmFest

    Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s FarmFest

    Friday, July 28, 2017 - 11:45am to Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 6:45pm

    The Organic Trade Association will be taking part in the Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s (PCO) FarmFest on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA. The event will feature Tom Beddard of Lady Moon Farms as the keynote speaker, live music, family activities and educational workshops, demos and discussions. Organic Trade Association staffers Megan DeBates (Organic Trade Association’s Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions), and Allison Rice (Engagement Coordinator for Government Affairs and Working Groups) will be on hand during Friday activities, and DeBates will be part of a panel on Ensuring Integrity of Organic Imports. Pennsylvania Certified Organic is one of the latest members to become part of the Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Committee. To learn more or connect with Organic Trade Association staff at the event, please contact Allison Rice

    The Organic Trade Association will be taking part in the Pennsylvania Certified Organic’s (PCO) FarmFest on Friday and Saturday, July 28-29, at the Grange Fairgrounds in Centre Hall, PA. The event w...
  • Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: What you need to succeed in organic: Herbs, Spices and Dietary Supplements

    WEBINAR: What you need to succeed in organic: Herbs, Spices and Dietary Supplements

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association is offering a free webinar on What you need to succeed in organic: Herbs, Spices and Dietary Supplements on August 9, 2017.

    Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, and Kelley Poole, Vice President, Government Affairs, will address the unique challenges for the organic spice and herbal supplements sector including: residue testing, import integrity, allowed and prohibited inputs, international equivalency, and more! 

    Webinar seats are reserved for those in the organic herbs, spices and dietary supplements sectors.

    Register here or contact Hannah Micheaux to learn more.

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    The Organic Trade Association is offering a free webinar on What you need to succeed in organic: Herbs, Spices and Dietary Supplements on August 9, 2017. Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Re...
  • Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101

    WEBINAR: What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101

    Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 2:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association is offering a free webinar on What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101, open to all organic stakeholders on August 10, 2017. Join Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs and Hannah Micheaux, Membership Manager as they help navigate the basics of regulatory issues and concerns in the organic industry. You'll learn how the Organic Trade Association is working with businesses across the industry and how you can be involved in this important work.

    This webinar is open to everyone. Register here or contact Hannah Micheaux to learn more. 

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    The Organic Trade Association is offering a free webinar on What you need to succeed in organic: Regulatory 101, open to all organic stakeholders on August 10, 2017. Join Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice Preside...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm
    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Organic at Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 5:15pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday, September 16, 2017. This exciting week in Baltimore serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. From our our annual Membership Meeting to the All Things Organic conference series, we look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events again during Expo East 2017. 

    Check out our full schedule of activities   

    The Organic Trade Association will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East from Wednesday, September 13 through Saturday,...
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Annual Leadership Awards Celebration

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    OTA'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 2017 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.

    Registration will open in 2017. 

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    OTA'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 2017 Lead...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...

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