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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:00pm
    Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 8:00am to Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 5:00pm

    The Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference will be taking place November 19-20, 2019 in Sparks, Nevada. WODPA is a member of the Organic Trade Assciation's Farmers Advisory Council and Dairy Council

    The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting in the tradeshow portion of the Conference! Contact Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions for the Organic Trade Association, to learn more or to schedule a meeting at the show. Click here to review the full conference agenda.

    Conference Information:

    November 19-20, 2019

    Nugget Casino Resort 

    Sparks, NV

    The Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference will be taking place November 19-20, 2019 in Sparks, Nevada. WODPA is a member of the Organic Trade Assciation's Farmers Advisory...
  • 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.

    Event Type: 
    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, and speaking at the following two sessions:

    Repairing the Public-Private Partnership in Organic Standards | December 6, 2019 | 2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
    A healthy market for organic products requires critical support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) for uniform and robust standards. However, the USDA is not advancing organic standards, and this failure to keep pace with consumers and the industry is harming and fragmenting the market. In the past 10 years, industry has advanced 20 consensus recommendations for improvements to the organic standards and the USDA has not completed rulemaking on a single one of them. Montana Senators Jon Tester (Democrat), Steve Daines (Republican) and Representative Greg Gianforte (Republican) recognized this issue in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding that USDA move forward and act on a decade’s worth of stalled recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

    The Organic Trade Association is working on long-term solutions that will repair the broken public-private partnership between USDA and the organic industry to ensure continuous improvement and accountability of the organic standards. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the Organic Trade Association’s efforts to advance concepts for a new framework for advancing federal organic standards to keep up with the marketplace and ensure the credibility of the USDA Organic seal. Attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion about these concepts and other strategic ideas for how organic will evolve within the public-private partnership into the future.

    Federal Organic Policy Update | December 7, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
    This panel will provide an of-the-moment update on federal policy related to organic agriculture, including implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Specific focus will be given to Strengthening Oversight and Enforcement of Organic; Appropriations; Research; Conservation Programs; Risk Management Programs.

    The full conference agenda is available here. Organic Trade Association will also be exhibiting in the tradeshow portion of the 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.

    The Organic Trade Association will be participating in the following sessions taking place at the Organic Growers Summit:

    What's Next in Organic Plant Health? | Thursday, December 5 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 
    Moderator: Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
    Speakers: Steve Pavich, Senior Plant Nutritionist, BioFlora; Dr. Danielle Kirkpatrick, Global Technical Support Coordinator, Trécé, Inc.; Pete Anecito, Director of Ag Operations, Mission Ranches 

    Organic Sales Data Dive | Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
    Speakers: Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director, Organic Trade Association; Mike Galaburda, Client Director, Nielsen

    If you'd like to setup a meeting with us at the show, contact Danielle Cote, Organic Trade Association's Membership Manager. 

    Trade Show 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.

    Event Type: 
    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...
  • Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5:00pm
    BevNet LIVE

    BevNet LIVE

    Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

    BevNet LIVE is taking place December 9-10 in Santa Monica, CA. 

    The December 9th and 10th program is curated around the current trends and challenges beverage companies are facing. It also looks at the bigger picture, reflecting on the industry’s 2019 activity and taking a look at innovation to come. Leading the discussions and providing the takeaways are industry innovators, thought leaders and veterans who have their finger on the pulse.

    Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulator & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be collectively staffing a booth with Organc Trade Association member Brookside Flavors and Ingredients - ready to answer questions about the benefits of organic, the benefits of membership with the Organic Trade Association and the new requirements to use organic flavors! For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

     

     

    BevNet LIVE is taking place December 9-10 in Santa Monica, CA.  The December 9th and 10th program is curated around the current trends and challenges beverage companies are facing. It also looks...
  • 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 

    Event Type: 
    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.

    Event Type: 
    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...
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 5:00pm
    Global Organic Produce Expo [GOPEX]

    Global Organic Produce Expo [GOPEX]

    Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, January 11, 2020 - 5:00pm

    The Global Organic Produce Expo [GOPEX] is taking place January 9-11, 2020 in Miami, FL. 

    GOPEX provides the fresh produce industry with the only globally driven show for organic produce. The show creates a forum for unique and specific opportunities for those who grow, distribute, pack and market fresh organic produce, to sell here in the Americas. This international trade show and conference provides the ideal opportunity for organic professionals from around the world to network, exchange ideas, source new products and services, and do business with the industry’s leading growers, distributors, packer and retailers.

    Organic Trade Association will have a presence GOPEX 2020, check back soon for more details. Contact Angela Jagiello for more information. 

    Expo Information:

    January 9-11, 2020

    Fontainebleau Luxury Hotel

    Miami Beach, FL

    The Global Organic Produce Expo [GOPEX] is taking place January 9-11, 2020 in Miami, FL.  GOPEX provides the fresh produce industry with the only globally driven show for organic produce. T...
  • 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 Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be leading the two following workshops at the Conference: 

    Safeguarding Organic from Fraud Workshop | January 23, 2020 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Location TBD

    Plastics Reduction Workshop | Time & Location TBD

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

    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.

    For more information contact Gwendolyn Wyard or Jessica Shade

    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...
  • 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 in February. 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! More info will be available soon about organic education sessions and topics, check back soon for updates. 

    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 organ...
  • 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...
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, February 28, 2020 - 5:00pm
    North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting

    North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting

    Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, February 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...
  • 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 some of the organic education sessions and workshops. More info on 2020 programming will be available soon, check back for more details. 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

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place March 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. 

    The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at booth #1821 in the Anaheim Convention Center, and also partnering with New Hope Network on some of the organic education sessions taking place at the tradeshow. Organic Trade Association will also be hosting a Buyers Mission at the show on March 4-5 in the Anaheim Convention Center.  

    The Organic Center will also be hosting it's 17th Annual Benefit Dinner in conjunction with Expo West, taking place Wednesday March 4th, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom. 

    Check out our Organic at Expo West page for more information on 2020 programming coming soon! 

    Tradeshow Information:

    March 3-7, 2020

    Anaheim Convention Center

    Anaheim, CA

     

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place March 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, CA.  The Organic Trade Association will be exhibiting at booth #1821 in the Anaheim Convention Center, and also partne...
  • 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. Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, if you are interested in participating!

    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. Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, if you're interested in participating! 

    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. Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, if you are interested in participating. 

    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...
  • 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! 

    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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