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Friday, February 15, 2019

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Biofach

Biofach

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

Biofach is the world's largest trade show for organic, taking place February 13-16, 2019 in Nuremberg, Germany. The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of U.S. organic companies at the show. If you'd like to participate, complete your registration now!

Sign-ups will be considered on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to new exhibitors. The registration fee is $600 for first time exhibitors and $1000 for return exhibitors. The deadline to sign up is October 10th.

Registration includes the following:

  • Tabletop in OTA booth
  • 1 round trip economy transportation to and from Nuremburg, booked through OTA’s travel agent
  • Hotel stay for 1 for the duration of the activity
  • Fascia and counter graphics
  • Travel to and from the show daily via public transportation or shuttle [travel to and from the airport is at the participant's own expense]. 
  • 1 group dinner, and buyer dinner support

For all USDA MAP programs, 51% or more of the products you promote must be 51% or made of U.S. produced ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  It’s the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for OTA activities. All exhibitors must complete OTA’s onsite evaluation and a 6 month follow-up evaluation.

Disclaimer: Organic Trade Association participation at Biofach 2019 is subject to USDA MAP funding provided by the Farm Bill. Should funding not be released in time for participation at Biofach, your deposit will be refunded.

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

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
Organicology

Organicology

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 5:00pm

Organicology 2019 will be taking place February 14 -16 in Portland, OR. With intensive training sessions, workshops, world class keynote speakers, amazing entertainment and networking, Organicology is a conference of its own class. Organicology seeks to bring all of the stakeholder groups to the table to not only develop skills in their own areas of activity but to gain exposure to the challenges and accomplishments of those in other areas of the trade and movement. Each day of Organicology offers different opportunities to learn.  Thursday is for intensives, Friday is for workshops and our Ark of Taste Dinner and concert, and Saturday is our Exhibitor Showcase.

The Organic Trade Association's Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, will be leading the following session at the Conference. Date and time of this presentation is TBA, check back for updates! For more information, contact Megan DeBates.  

Farm Bill & Organic Policy in 2019
Federal policy plays a critical role in supporting organic production systems, and with the process underway for enacting and implementing a new farm bill, now is the time to focus in on how to defend and strengthen key programs and policies that benefit organic producers. Additionally, transitioning to organic production remains a key barrier to meet the expanding organic demand, and now is the time to identify policy opportunities to address this gap. This workshop will provide an update from Washington, DC on the 2018-19 Farm Bill process, and dig into policies ranging from working lands conservation and crop insurance to research, certification cost share, and enhanced enforcement against fraudulent organic imports.  Policy experts will provide an update regarding the long and winding path to the 2018-19 farm bill. Come learn about key strategies and opportunities for grassroots outreach to engage and mobilize around critical organic wins as the farm bill process moves forward (or, as we work to implement the 2018 farm bill). In addition to digging into the specific programs that matter for organic producers, if the 2018 Farm Bill has not yet been passed, we will walk through the “marker bills” that have been introduced to advance critical organic priorities. Finally, the 116th Congress will be in place in early 2019, so this workshop will also cover the new and returning members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, with an eye to members of the Organic Caucus who will be instrumental for championing our organic priorities throughout the farm bill writing and implementation process. This workshop will also involve feedback from the audience regarding policy needs and options.

Organic Trade Association Board Member David Lively of Organically Grown Company is organizing an Organic Trade Association social at Organicology on Friday, February 15th at 5:00 p.m.

But What has the Organic Trade Association Done for Me Lately?
Ever wonder exactly what the Organic Trade Association (OTA) does, or how its efforts benefit you?  Or maybe you are one of those of the opinion that the OTA’s activities only serve the needs of “the big boys” and not the historic trade and the organic grower base? Here is a chance to sharpen you awareness of the many challenges facing the organic movement and trade, and learn how our most significant national organization takes them on. This event, sponsored by OTA members from the fresh produce sector, will feature OTA Executive Director Laura Batcha in a Q&A session covering the broad range of concerns and activities that occupy the OTA’s staff and members on a daily basis. The setting is casual and the refreshments first rate. This event is open to both members and non-members. Please join us for an enlightening discussion!

Conference Information:

February 14-16, 2019

Hilton Portland Downtown

Portland, OR

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
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