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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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Provender Alliance Conference 2017

Provender Alliance Conference 2017

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 12:30pm to Friday, October 6, 2017 - 7:30pm

The 2017 Provender Alliance Conference will be held October 4-6 in Hood River, OR. Provender Alliance exists to educate and inspire our community, providing the tools for education, leadership, and community in the natural products trade. Organic Trade Association staff will hold a session on "Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket." To learn more or to connect with OTA staff at the conference, please contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Shedding Light on the Controversial Shopping Basket

Time: Friday, October 6 from 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: Hood River Inn - Hood River, Oregon
Speaker(s): Nathaniel Lewis | Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association • Gwendolyn Wyard | Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association

Back by popular demand! This session will provide up-to-date and accurate information on various controversial organic issues (background and current status) including where the topic is at in the regulatory process and how shoppers can weigh in and make their voices heard. Featured products in the shopping basket will include (but not limited to):

• Hydroponically grown organic tomatoes
• Organic eggs
• Organic soybeans imported from Turkey
• Transitional breakfast cereal
• Soup in a can lined with Bisphenol A (BPA)
• Organic gummy bears with natural flavors and colors

Do you have specific questions? Bring your controversial product or label to the workshop and we’ll answer your questions!

12:30pm to 7:30pm
 
 
 
 
Organic Food Day: Finland

Organic Food Day: Finland

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:45pm

Finland's Organic Food Day will be held October 5, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The Organic Trade Assoiation will speak at the event to deliver comments on the challenges, trends, and successes of the U.S. organic industry. Contact Monique Marez to learn more. 

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ANUGA

ANUGA

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm

ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. Organic Trade Association will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga in the Organic Hall.  The OTA participant package includes 1 round-trip flight, 1 hotel room for the duration of the show, 1m tabletop space, and signage at the show. In order to qualify, you must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume. 

Contact Monique Marez if you are interested.

Trade Show Information:

October 6-11, 2017

Cologne, Germany 

 

 

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ANUGA

ANUGA

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 2:45pm to Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 8:45pm

ANUGA will take place October 6-11 in Cologne, Germany. Organic Trade Association will once again participate in ANUGA the largest food trade fair in the world for 2017.  OTA will host 8 companies at Anuga in the Organic Hall.  The OTA participant package includes 1 round-trip flight, 1 hotel room for the duration of the show, 1m tabletop space, and signage at the show. In order to qualify, you must promote certified organic product of 51% or more U.S. origin ingredients by value or volume. 

Contact Monique Marez if you are interested.

Trade Show Information:

October 6-11, 2017

Cologne, Germany 

 

 

2:45pm to 8:45pm
 
 
Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm

OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will include a market briefing, retail tours, and 1:1 meetings with pre-qualified buyers all pre-arranged by OTA. 

For more information please contact Monique Marez.

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2017 Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

2017 Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:00pm

The 2017 Textile Exchange Sustainability Conference offer participants the latest research, trends, innovations, and solutions to challenges faced by the apparel and textile industry. Through active participation, the outcomes of this event will identify action items to develop a roadmap to 2030 for the industry.

If you would like to connect with Organic Trade Association at the conference, please contact OTA's Vice President of Government Affairs, Kelley Poole.

Conference Information: 

October 9-13, 2017

Washington, D.C.

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Farm Bill Listening Session - “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field”

Farm Bill Listening Session - “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field”

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 10:00am

This is one of a few limited opportunities for organic stakeholders to get in front of the Committee and highlight organic priorities for the next Farm Bill.  All of the organic programs are vulnerable this Farm Bill cycle, so it is important to advocate for them. The Organic Trade Association asks you to attend and advocate directly for Farm Bill policies that promote a healthy organic marketplace, ensure that organic farmers continue to be successful, and expand organic production. Learn more about the Organic Trade Association's 2018 Farm Bill Priorities. 

The event starts at 10:00 a.m. Attendees will be asked to fill out a card when they arrive (early arrival is recommended) and an order for speaking will be announced. If you are able to participate or if you want to learn more about getting involved, please reach out to Megan Debates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions at the Organic Trade Association (202.403.8643, mdebates@ota.com).

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Moms Meet Summit

Moms Meet Summit

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 8:00am to Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

The 5th Annual Moms Meet WOW Summit is coming to Chicago. The event empowers moms to raise happy and healthy families.

At this mom and blogger-focused event, OTA will present a workshop to help consumers navigate the various labels including natural, non-GMO and Organic, they encounter when shopping for their families.

For more information contact Angela Jagiello, Associate Director, Conference and Product Development. 

Summit Information:

October 13-14, 2017

Itasca, IL

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Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

Trade Mission to Hong Kong and Macau

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 2:45pm to Monday, October 16, 2017 - 9:45pm

OTA will lead a dedicated trade mission to Hong Kong and Macau from October 12-16.  Hong Kong is quickly becoming a top export destination for U.S. organic products. This trade mission will include a market briefing, retail tours, and 1:1 meetings with pre-qualified buyers all pre-arranged by OTA. 

For more information please contact Monique Marez.

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National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

Meeting Information:

October 31-November 2, 2017

Omni Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL
 

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