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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, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm
    EcoFarm Conference

    EcoFarm Conference

    Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference, January 22 - 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. This Conference will feature 70+ groundbreaking workshops, keynote speakers, farm tours, exhibitors, seed swaps, live music, organic culinary fare, and an annual awards banquet. As the oldest and largest organic farming conference in the West, EcoFarm Conference is a prime networking and educational hub for farmers, ranchers, and all who work to support their success as stewards of the earth.

    The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking at the following Workshop at the Conference: 

    Safeguarding Organic from Fraud Workshop | January 23, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
    The global organic market is now almost $90 billion annually, with the U.S. organic market alone accounting for $50 billion. Fraud is a huge threat to the organic market, and cannot be tolerated. In this session participants will learn about actions being taken at the local, national, and global level to prevent organic fraud. Panelists will discuss compliance monitoring; improving import oversight, certification and inspection protocols; and solidifying specific sections of the USDA organic regulations to protect organic integrity and bolster trust in the USDA Organic label. Participants will also learn what to do when they detect fraud, and how to file an actionable complaint to USDA’s National Organic Program.

    The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, will be speaking at the following sessions at the Conference: 

    Farmer-Inspired Research | January 23, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
    Whole-farm organic systems are hard to study scientifically, but some farmers and researchers are up to the challenge. This session will highlight one particular project at Phil Foster’s ranch, where after 30 or more years of farming, most vegetable diseases have disappeared or declined substantially. A unique research method, using big data sets of multi-sourced evidence, reveals the links between organic farming and disease suppression. Other farmer-driven projects will also be discussed, involving participatory research on subjects such as manure safety, biodiversity tracking, and organic control for citrus greening disease. When farmers are involved in planning and implementing research, the outcomes are more relevant and informative! 

    Citrus Greening Listening Session | January, 23, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Sanderling 
    Come be a part of developing a research project focused on providing much-needed knowledge and relief to organic citrus growers! This discussion group will address the challenges associated with growing organic citrus in the face of citrus greening. We will discuss concerns around citrus greening, experiences with materials and non-chemical methods of preventing or controlling the Asian citrus psyllid and the HLB bacterial infection, and research that is most needed for growers across citrus growing regions in the United States. This project is part of an OREI planning grant that was recently awarded from the USDA to a team including non-profits, academic researchers, and governmental agencies.  The information from this listening session will be used to develop a large-scale holistic project proposal targeted toward protecting organic citrus growers from citrus greening, slowing the spread, and reducing damage to currently infected groves.

    Organic Trade Association Representative, Melody Meyer, will be moderating the following session at the Conference: 

    Reducing Plastics in the Produce Department | January 24, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    While organic is the baseline for doing good, there is a growing demand to do more about the packaging used to grow, wrap and protect the products we consume. In this session, panelists will showcase innovative actions and programs aimed at reducing and/or eliminating the waste and toxicity of plastic packaging. We’ll look at the amount of plastic used to grow and ship organic produce and the emerging issue of “clean packaging.” Growers, handlers and retailers will hear examples of programs and opportunities to help start or further a program of their own. Consumers will leave with a call to action and a greater awareness of what to look for.

    Conference Information: 

    January 22-25, 2020

    Pacific Grove, CA 

    The Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) will present the 40th annual EcoFarm Conference, January 22 - 25, 2020 in Pacific Grove, CA. This Conference will feature 70+ groundbreaking workshops, key...
  • Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group [SAWG] & Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Organic Agriculture Research Forum

    Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group [SAWG] & Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) Organic Agriculture Research Forum

    Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group [SAWG] is taking place January 24-25, 2020 in Little Rock, AK. This year's theme is Agricultural Resilence in a Changing Climate!  Beginning in 2020, in addition to the usual wide array of subjects and practical information for farmers, each Southern SAWG conference will offer specially-curated information and activities addressing a timely topic or issue. The special topic weaves through the normal conference agenda. A color code appears in the conference program to allow for easy planning. Follow the blue dot in this year’s program to follow the Climate Change special topic throughout the conference.

    On Thursday, January 23rd the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) will be hosting their Organic Agriculture Research Forum in partnership with Southern SAWG. This day-long forum will bring together scientists, organic farmers and ranchers, extension agents, non-profit organizations, and more to explore the latest research and science-based grower education, particularly as it relates to production in the southeast. The Forum is supported by a grant from the Organic Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) program of USDA.

    The Organic Center's Science Program Manager, Amber Sciligo, will be presenting at the OFRF Organic Agriculture Research Forum, and also sticking around to attend SAWG. Contact Amber Sciligo for more information or to connect at the Conference! 

    The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group [SAWG] is taking place January 24-25, 2020 in Little Rock, AK. This year's theme is Agricultural Resilence in a Changing Climate!  Beginnin...
  • Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Georgia Organics Annual Conference

    Georgia Organics Annual Conference

    Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Georgia Organics Annual Conference is taking place February 7-8, 2020 in Athens, GA. The annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo is about fostering community – a community of farmers on the path toward prosperity, and a community of Georgians interested in supporting healthier foods, farms, and families. As we move our conference around the state, we help grow a united good food movement. We learn and share challenges and solutions, and we showcase and celebrate the transformational work of the people in our movement.

    Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking on the following panel at the Conference. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

    Really Really Organic: the Next Generation of Labels | Friday, February 7, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Dr. Andrew Smith, Rodale Institute; Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association; Linley Dixon, Real Organic Project

    Sustainably minded growers can now choose between several labels meant to convey how green the farm is, including Real Organic Project certification, USDA Organic Certification, and Regenerative Organic Certification. Hear from members of the Rodale Institue, Organic Trade Association, and Real Organic Project on how and why these labels serve the eco-conscious grower, and consumer demand. This session is best for farmers, educators, good food advocates, and community organizers. Target Audience: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Farmers.

    Conference Information:

    February 7-8, 2020

    The Classics Center

    Athens, GA

    The Georgia Organics Annual Conference is taking place February 7-8, 2020 in Athens, GA. The annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo is about fostering community – a community of farmers ...
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 5:00pm
    BIOFACH

    BIOFACH

    Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 5:00pm

    BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, is taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the perfect opportunity for visiting professionals to meet organic producers from the organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends.

    Organic Trade Association will host 15 U.S. organic companies at BIOFACH, and will also participate in the following education sessions and meetings at the show: 

    Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) Workshop | Wednesday, February 11 | 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, and VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be participating in this pre-BioFach workshop and present outcomes from a recent residue testing project. 

    North American Market Update | Thursday, February 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

    Fraud Prevention Solutions Panel | Thursday, February 13 | 1:00 p.m - 2:45 p.m.
    This session will cover fraud, gaps and loopholes – private and public counteractions and enforcement. Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be presenting. 

    Harmonization of Consumer Data | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. 
    In the session, short presentations of national organic consumer data collection approaches and concepts for data collection at international level will be presented. The session will close with a discussion round on harmonization opportunities. Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, will be speaking in this session. 

    EU and USDA Changes in the Regulation for Trade and Processing | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    EU and USDA are fully acting on new organic regulation requirements for certification, import-export, extra measures for organic integrity. How does it work out for international trade and processing? What about consequences for equivalence between EU and USDA? And what is the private sector developing to improve integrity of international organic supply. Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

    Challenges for 100% Organic in EU: The Burden of Unharmonised Residue Handling | Friday, February 14 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
    A general introduction on the market-developments and perspectives of organic by prof Hamm of Kassel University and a detailed look to the challenge of integrity in organic (with a close look to the residue topic) by specialist from research, CB's and companies. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking in this session. 

    U.S. Regulatory Update: What's New for Companies Exporting to North America | Friday, February 14 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
    This session will provide an overview of the organic regulatory framework and also discuss the Food Modernization Act (FSMA). Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be speaking in this session. 

    Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, to learn more and connect at the show!

    Trade Fair Information:

    February 12-15, 2020 

    Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

    Nuremberg, Germany

    BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, is taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the perfect opportunity for visiting professionals to meet organic prod...
  • Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm
    GOTS Annual Meeting

    GOTS Annual Meeting

    Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Global Organic Textile Standard [GOTS] Annual Meeting is taking place February 15-19, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. 

    Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwenodlyn Wyard, is a member of the GOTS Standards Committee and will be attending the Committee meeting on Monday, February 17. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, is a member of the GOTS Advisory Council and will be attending the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 18. 

    The GOTS Annual Meeting is invite only and not open to the public. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard for additional information. 

     

    The Global Organic Textile Standard [GOTS] Annual Meeting is taking place February 15-19, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany.  Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gweno...
  • Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Gulfood

    Gulfood

    Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:00pm

    Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, is coming back for its 25th edition with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals. Gulfood is taking place February 16-20, 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

    Organic Trade Association will host 6 U.S. organic companies at the tradeshow. These spaces are already filled for 2020. Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, to learn more and connect at the show!

    Tradeshow Information:

    February 16-20, 2020

    Dubai World Trade Center

    Dubai, UAE

    Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, is coming back for its 25th edition with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals. Gulfood is ta...
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 5:00pm
    MOSES Organic Farming Conference

    MOSES Organic Farming Conference

    Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The MOSES Organic Farming Conference will be taking place February 27-29, 2020 in La Crosse, WI. 

    The MOSES Conference is the place where people who have a passion for good food and good-for-the-Earth farming have gathered here to share ideas, discover new resources, and feel supported in their work. However you fit into the organic, sustainable, regenerative movement, you are welcome at MOSES—this event is common ground.

    Organic Trade Association staff will be attending the Conference and participating in the following workshop:

    Federal & State Support for Organic Dairy | Saturday, February 29 | Workshop Session III | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Speakers: Megan DeBates, Organic Trade Association; Meg Plucinski, D & M Family Farm; Adam Warthesen, Organic Valley; Perry Clutts, Dairy Farmer
    Organic dairy, along with the broader dairy economy, has faced financial strain in recent years. We’ll explore programs offered at the federal and state levels for organic dairy and encourage producers to share suggestions to make federal and state program offerings more useful for them. Our conversation will focus primarily on commodity, risk management, data collection, and cropping safeguards that organic dairy farmers might use.

    Contact Organic Trade Association's Director of Legistlative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, for more information or to connect at the Conference. 

    Conference Information:

    February 27-29, 2020

    La Crosse, WI

    The MOSES Organic Farming Conference will be taking place February 27-29, 2020 in La Crosse, WI.  The MOSES Conference is the place where people who have a passion for good food and good-for-the...
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting

    Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place on March 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PCT. The Board Meeting will be taking place in Anaheim, CA while the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors is in town for the Natural Products Expo West tradeshow. 

    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:

    March 3, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PCT

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place on March 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PCT. The Board Meeting will be taking place in Anaheim, CA while the Organic Trade Associ...
  • Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo West

    Natural Products Expo West

    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunities to bring people together for business, networking, and socializing at Natural Products Expo West, taking place March 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. 

    The Organic Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Dinner
    March 4, 2020  |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Anaheim Marriott 

    Join us for the The Organic Center's 17th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic and premier executive-level networking event at Natural Products Expo West! On March 4, 2020, we welcome back Chef Megan Mitchell, a returning fan-favorite. Megan is a seasoned chef and internet personality who's worked with the Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Tastemade. She wowed us last year with her contemporary cuisine and she’s cooking up something special for this year’s 500+ guests. You’ll enjoy a delicious menu created by Chef Megan, featuring incredible organic ingredients. Secure your sponsorship soon to have your product featured on the menu! Contact Cassandra Christine for more information on sponsorship and VIP table packages.

    Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings
    March 4-5, 2020 | Anaheim Convention Center 

    The Organic Trade Association will again partner with Food Export Midwest to bring a diverse set of buyers to Expo West from around the world. We will be organizing 1 on 1 meetings for U.S. organic companies with buyers from a variety of foreign markets. Meetings will take place on March 4 - 5 in the Anaheim Convention Center. Register here! For more information on this Buyers Mission and OTA's other international activities, contact Alexis Carey.

    Organic Education at Expo West

    The Organic Trade Association will deliver educational programming on the issues that impact your organic business. Sessions will hit all the hot topics in the industry and are sure to spark conversation. More details on 2020 sessions coming soon! Contact Angela Jagiello for more information. 

    What’s new at OTA? Visit booth #1821 to learn more!
    March 5-7, 2020  |  Anaheim Convention Center  | Booth #1821

    Be sure to visit our booth and member lounge at the 2020 Natural Products Expo West trade show! Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help you expand your business overseas, or understanding what OTA is doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you. Contact Danielle Cote to setup a meeting with us at the show! 

    The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunities to bring people together for business, networking, and socializing at Natural Products Expo West, ...
  • Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Meeting

    Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Meeting

    Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Association of Kentucky's 2020 Conference is taking place March 6-7, 2020 in Louisville, KY. This energized gathering is a must-attend for farmers, agriculture professionals, home gardeners and those passionate about building more resilient food systems in Kentucky. Conference sessions provide useful tools, techniques, research and knowledge you can put to use on the farm and fantastic opportunities for networking! The conference covers an array of organic production topics, regenerative agriculture, livestock management, marketing, homesteading and food systems change making. 

    The Organic Center's Science Project Manager, Amber Sciligo, will be leading a workshop at the Conference titled "Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation with Organic Agriculture". This 90 minute session will take place on Sunday, March 7th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

    To learn more or connect at the Conference, contact Amber Sciligo

    The Organic Association of Kentucky's 2020 Conference is taking place March 6-7, 2020 in Louisville, KY. This energized gathering is a must-attend for farmers, agriculture professionals, home gardener...
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:00pm
    FoodEx Japan

    FoodEx Japan

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

    FoodEx Japan is taking place March 10-13, 2020 in Toyko, Japan. 

    FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's largest exhibition dedicated on food and drink across Japan and the whole world. Over the 4 days of the exhibition, about 85,000 buyers from food service, distribution, and trading companies are expected to attend.Attention will be given to the expansion of business opportunities domestically and internationally upon the activation of the TPP. Numerous buyers will also be attending from abroad, and business talks will be held with domestic and international manufacturers.

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a pavilion of 8 U.S. organic companies at the show. The registration fee for new exhibitors is $600 and for $1,000 for returning exhibitors. Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here! Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, for additional information. 

    Participation includes: 

    (1) round trip economy flight to Tokyo (booked through an Organic Trade Association travel agent),
    (1) single hotel room for the duration of the activity,
    (1) 1m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA pavilion,
    Logo screening and other marketing materials,
    An interpreter shared among exhibitors,
    and (1) group dinner and buyer dinner support.
    Please note that all other expenses, such as meals, samples, shipping costs, and the cost to and from the airport, are at your own cost.

    Organic Trade Association Pavilion Information:

    FoodEx Japan
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
    Show Dates:  March 10th - March 13th
    Arrive in Tokyo: March 8th
    Depart Tokyo: March 14th

    FoodEx Japan is taking place March 10-13, 2020 in Toyko, Japan.  FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's largest exhibition dedicated on food and drink across Japan and the whole world. Over the 4 days of th...
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, April 3, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Food & Hotel Asia

    Food & Hotel Asia

    Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, April 3, 2020 - 5:00pm

    Food & Hotel Asia is taking place March 31 - April 3, 2020 in Singapore. More than just a platform for buyers to source for products, FHA-Food & Beverage will provide valuable insights into developments and future trends of the food & beverage industry in Asia and beyond, enabling attendees to stay ahead of the competition.

    Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of U.S. organic companies at the show in 2020! Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here! Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, for more information. 

    Your $600 registration fee includes:

    (1) round trip economy flight to Singapore (booked though an Organic Trade Association travel agent),
    (1) single hotel room for the duration of the activity,
    (1) 1m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA pavilion,
    Logo screening and other marketing materials,
    and (1) group dinner and buyer support.
    Please note that all other expenses, such as meals, samples, shipping costs, and the cost to and from the airport, are at the exhibitors' own expense.

    Organic Trade Association Pavilion Exhibit Information: 

    Food and Hotel Asia
    Location: Singapore
    Show Dates:  March 31st - April 3rd
    Arrive in Singapore: March 29th or 30th
    Depart Singapore: April 4th

    Food & Hotel Asia is taking place March 31 - April 3, 2020 in Singapore. More than just a platform for buyers to source for products, FHA-Food & Beverage will provide valuable insights into de...
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:00pm
    SIAL Canada

    SIAL Canada

    Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:00pm

    SIAL Canada is taking place April 15-17, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. SIAL Canada is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 1,000 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries hosting over 18,500 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and 60 other countries. SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products under one roof to meet your customers’ expectations. Whether you work in the retail, catering or food processing industry, or you’re simply looking for new and innovative products or regional specialties from around the world, you’ll find exactly what you need right here.

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a pavilion of U.S. organic companies at the show in 2020! The registration fee for new exhibitors is $600, and $800 for return participants. Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note only processed product / ingredient suppliers will be accepted for this show. Register here! Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, for additional information. 

    Your registration fee includes:

    (1) round trip economy flight to Montreal (booked through an Organic Trade Association travel agent),
    (1) single hotel room for the duration of the activity,
    (1) 1m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA pavilion,
    Logo screening and other marketing materials,
    and (1) group dinner and buyer dinner support.
    Please note that all other expenses, such as meals, samples, shipping costs, and the cost to and from the airport, are at the participants' own expense.

    Organic Trade Association Pavilion Exhibit Information: 

    SIAL Canada
    Location: Montreal, Canada
    Show site: Palais des congres de Montreal
    Show Dates:  April 15th - April 17th
    Arrive in Montreal: April 13th
    Departure: April 17th or 18th

    SIAL Canada is taking place April 15-17, 2020 in Toronto, Canada. SIAL Canada is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 1,000 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries...
  • Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:00pm
    North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting

    North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting

    Sunday, April 26, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting is taking place April 26-28, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Meeting sessions generally include a business meeting Sunday afternoon following by a pay-your-own group dinner, a variety of newsmakers followed by the banquet and writing awards celebration at the National Press Club on Monday, and visits with elected officials on Tuesday.

    Organic Trade Association staff will be attending the meeting. Contact Maggie McNeil, Organic Trade Association's Director of Media Relations, for more information or to connect at the Meeting!

    Meeting Information:

    April 26-28, 2020 

    Washington, D.C. 

    The North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting is taking place April 26-28, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Meeting sessions generally include a business meeting Sunday afternoon following...
  • Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, May 1, 2020 - 5:00pm
    NOSB Spring Meeting

    NOSB Spring Meeting

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, May 1, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting will be taking place April 29 - May 1, 2020 in Crystal City, VA. 

    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:

    Westin Crystal City
    1800 Richmond Highway
    Arlington, Virginia 22202 United States

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring Meeting will be taking place April 29 - May 1, 2020 in Crystal City, VA.  The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to o...
  • Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

    ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION’S ORGANIC WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
    JUNE 8-10, 2020 | INTERCONTINENTAL—AT THE WHARF ON D.C.’s WATERFRONT

    THREE DAYS. ONE LOCATION. COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS.
    From congressional hearings on the Hill to action at USDA, policies and positions in Congress and on the campaign trail will shape the 2020 organic agenda. Don’t fall behind. The Organic Trade Association’s 2020 Organic Week in Washington, D.C. will offer clarity on what’s happening now and how you can prepare for the future.
    Whether you’re fresh off the tractor or right out of the boardroom, Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy. Join us for an unprecedented 72-hours in the nation’s capital to advance organic policy priorities and discuss the future of organic.

    THREE DAYS

    Day 1 will have you rolling up your sleeves and finding solutions (Monday, June 8)
    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, June 9)
    CONFERENCE DAY is a powerful gathering of hundreds of organic industry leaders, coalition partners and government officials. You’ll learn what’s really at stake and how to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact organic. An optional evening boat tour from the Wharf will support elected leaders who make organic food, fiber and farming a priority in policy decisions.

    Day 3 will have you on your feet (Wednesday, June 10)
    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.

    Registration will be opening soon. Interested in sponsorship? Contact Cassandra Christine, Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, to learn more about Organic Week 2020 sponsorship opportunites. 

     

    Event Type: 
    ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION’S ORGANIC WEEK IN WASHINGTON, D.C. JUNE 8-10, 2020 | INTERCONTINENTAL—AT THE WHARF ON D.C.’s WATERFRONT THREE DAYS. ONE LOCATION. COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS. From congr...
  • Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Organic Produce Summit

    Organic Produce Summit

    Monday, June 8, 2020 - 8:00am to Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Produce Summit is taking place July 8-9, 2020 in Monterey, CA. This is the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry.

    Organic Trade Association will host a Buyers Mission at the Organic Produce Summit. Buyers in attendance will be major retailers and importers invited from Mexico and the Pacific Rim. Buyer Profiles will be available in spring 2020. Supplier registration is limited and interested companies are enouraged to sign up as soon as possible to guarantee a spot! Register here! 

    Registration is $150 and includes customized pre-arranged meetings with each buyer. Participants are responsible for their own badge to the Organic Produce Summit if they are not exhibitors. 

    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 onsite evaluation and a 6 month follow-up evaluation.

    For more information contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager. 

    The Organic Produce Summit is taking place July 8-9, 2020 in Monterey, CA. This is the only event dedicated exclusively to bringing together producers and buyers of the organic fresh produce industry....
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting

    Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting

    Thursday, June 11, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place on June 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. The Board Meeting will be taking place in Washington, D.C. while OTA's Board of Directors is in town for Organic Week 2020. 

    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:

    June 11, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

    Event Type: 
    The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place on June 11, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. The Board Meeting will be taking place in Washington, D.C. while OTA's Board of Dire...
  • Monday, September 7, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Fine Foods Australia

    Fine Foods Australia

    Monday, September 7, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 5:00pm

    Fine Foods Australia is taking place September 7-10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. 

    This show will host over 1,000 exhibitors and thousands more brands - general & specialty food, catering equipment, front of house, bakery, drinks, coffee, tea, dairy, meat & seafood, retail & technology, fit-out & design, packaging, natural, organic & free-from. 23,000+ visitors attend Fine Food Australia each year. Sharing experiences with chefs, restaurateurs, café and bar owners, and other food operators, over four days could set you up for more success for years. Meeting face-to-face with leading industry suppliers is also a proven way to seal a sweeter supply or distribution deal.

    Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of 5 U.S. organic companies at Fine Foods Australia for the first time in 2020! Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, if you are interested in participating! 

    Tradeshow Information:

    September 7-10, 2020

    Melbourne, Australia.

    Fine Foods Australia is taking place September 7-10, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.  This show will host over 1,000 exhibitors and thousands more brands - general & specialty food, catering e...
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Organic World Congress

    Organic World Congress

    Monday, September 21, 2020 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place September 21-27, 2020 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‘, OWC 2020 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 attending the Organic World Congress, as well as participating in some of the sessions. Check back soon for more details on 2020 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 21-27, 2020 in Rennes, France.  The organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest organic ga...
  • Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 5:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East is taking place September 23-26, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. 

    Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at Expo East 2020! Members can stop by our lounge anytime during show floor hours to grab a cup of organic coffee, check email, and chat with staff. Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help you expand your business overseas, or understanding what OTA is doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you. Meeting space is always available on a first come first served basis.

    In addition to exhibiting at the show, Organic Trade Association will also host a Buyers Mission and organize the All Things Organic education sessions on coordination with Expo East. Check out our Organic at Expo East page for more details on 2020 programming!

    Trade Show Information:

    September 23-26, 2020

    Philadelphia Convention Center

    Philadelphia, PA

     

    Natural Products Expo East is taking place September 23-26, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA.  Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at Expo East 2020! Members can stop by our lounge anytime duri...
  • Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 5:00pm
    SIAL Paris

    SIAL Paris

    Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 5:00pm

    SIAL Paris is taking place October 18-22, 2020 in Paris, France. SIAL Paris is the worlds largest food innovation exhibition. 

    Organic Trade Assocation will be hosting a pavilion of 8 U.S. organic companies at SIAL Paris 2020. The registration fee new exhibitors is $600 and for $1,000 for returning exhibitors. Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to new exhibitors. Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, if you are interested in participating! 

    The participation fee includes:

    (1) round trip economy flight to Paris (booked through an Organic Trade Association travel agent),
    (1) single hotel room for the duration of the activity,
    (1) 1m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA pavilion,
    Logo screening and other marketing materials,
    An interpreter shared among exhibitors
    (1) group dinner and buyer dinner support.
    Please note that all other expenses, such as meals, samples, shipping costs, and the cost to and from the airport, are at your own cost.

    SIAL Paris Information:
    Location: Paris, France
    Show site: Parc de expositions Paris Nord Villepinte
    Show Dates:  October 18th - October 22nd
    Arrive in Paris: October 16th or 17th
    Depart Paris: October 23rd

    SIAL Paris is taking place October 18-22, 2020 in Paris, France. SIAL Paris is the worlds largest food innovation exhibition.  Organic Trade Assocation will be hosting a pavilion of 8 U.S. organ...
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm
    NOSB Fall Meeting

    NOSB Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place October 27-29, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, IA.

    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

    Cedar Rapids, IA

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place October 27-29, 2020 in Cedar Rapids, IA. The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion ...

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