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Friday, February 26, 2016

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CCOF Annual Meeting

CCOF Annual Meeting

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 5:00pm

California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF’s) 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference events will take place February 9-10, 2017, in Visalia, California. This year’s theme—Organic Innovation and Inspiration—will feature the innovative techniques organic producers, handlers, retailers, and other change-makers are using to address current economic and environmental issues, as well as big ideas for tackling the challenges of tomorrow. We invite you to join other innovators to change the world by changing the way we grow.

The festivities begin Thursday evening with the first annual CCOF Foundation Awards Feast. Hear from the next generation of organic producers and the champions who are helping them build their careers in agriculture. Friday’s full-day conference will focus on the innovations that are shaping our organic world. From new technology to out-of-the-box solutions for sustainability, you won’t want to miss this show and tell from some of organic’s biggest thinkers.

OTA's CEO Laura Batcha will discuss the GRO Organic Check-off, including what’s at stake for organic producers and processors and how to weigh-in as the process unfolds. 

9:00am to 5:00pm
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USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:30pm

USDA’s 92nd Agricultural Outlook Forum will be held February 25-26, 2016 in Arlington, Virginia. USDA’s outlook forum is attended by thousands of agricultural stakeholders—producers, policymakers, and agricultural officials—from around the world. The theme for this year's forum is "Transforming Agriculture: Blending Technology and Tradition." The challenges and opportunities for agriculture and rural America are changing. In 2015, American farmers persevered in the face of drought and an unprecedented animal disease outbreak. Demographics are also changing in rural America and across farm households. Meanwhile, technology is rapidly opening new applications for producers and throughout the marketing chain, and new markets are emerging for U.S. agricultural products. USDA continues to seek out new and innovative ways to expand opportunity and provide support for America's farming families, and that mission will form the basis for the 92nd Agricultural Outlook Forum.

OTA’s CEO/Executive Director Laura Batcha will moderate the following session as part of the "Transforming the Rural Economy" track:

“The Outlook for Organic Agriculture”  
Thursday, February 25, 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
As organic agriculture has grown and become a mainstream part of American agriculture, the need for market information and market outlook has also grown. USDA is increasing its support for organic market news and organic market outlook. This session highlights the outlook for organic producers and the challenges of supplying organic consumer markets. 

To connect with OTA at the forum, please contact Laura.

8:30am to 5:30pm
Manure Safety Discussion Session at MOSES Conference

Manure Safety Discussion Session at MOSES Conference

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:00am to 11:45am

The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service Organic Farming Conference takes place in the La Crosse Center Arena in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Attending the conference provides an opportunity to learn ways to improve your farm, discover new resources and tools, make connections and find support. 

The Organic Center and the Organic Trade Association will hold a Manure Safety Discussion Session in collaboration with the University of California, Davis. The session will be led by The Organic Center’s Science Advisory Board Member Dr. Riki Sorge, a professor at the University of Minnesota. This discussion group will address the challenges associated with manure and animal rotational grazing, and will be part of a national effort to address issues surrounding animal-based soil amendments and animal rotational grazing.  Listening sessions are being conducted regionally, with the results being collected in a white-paper that will help shape a long-term research plan addressing the most pressing needs of the organic community.  We encourage you to attend the session on Friday, February 26, from 11:00-11:45 a.m. to share your thoughts and knowledge about research needs for and current use of manure in organic farming. For more information about the discussion group, visit the MOSES Conference Expert Roundtable page.

11:00am to 11:45am