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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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VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 conference will be taking place virtually January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021. All sessions begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Recordings will be available for one week following each session. Registration is $10 per session or $30 for all four. Click here for more information and to register! 

The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be speaking about Soil Health on Organic Farms on January 28th at 4pmEST. Find more info on the full conference programming below! 

January 7, 2021 - Back to the Future: Regenerative-Organic Food Production for Good Health

  • Bob Quinn, Ph.D., Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author

January 14, 2021 - The Connection Between Farm Ecosystem Health and Human Health

  • Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

January 21, 2021 - The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability

  • Carolyn Dimitri, Ph.D., New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
  • Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Cristel Zoebisch, Organic Farming Research Foundation

January 28, 2021 - Soil Health on Organic Farms

  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., The Organic Center Science Program Manager
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VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 conference will be taking place virtually January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021. All sessions begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Recordings will be available for one week following each session. Registration is $10 per session or $30 for all four. Click here for more information and to register! 

The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be speaking about Soil Health on Organic Farms on January 28th at 4pmEST. Find more info on the full conference programming below! 

January 7, 2021 - Back to the Future: Regenerative-Organic Food Production for Good Health

  • Bob Quinn, Ph.D., Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author

January 14, 2021 - The Connection Between Farm Ecosystem Health and Human Health

  • Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

January 21, 2021 - The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability

  • Carolyn Dimitri, Ph.D., New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
  • Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Cristel Zoebisch, Organic Farming Research Foundation

January 28, 2021 - Soil Health on Organic Farms

  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., The Organic Center Science Program Manager
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VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 conference will be taking place virtually January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021. All sessions begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Recordings will be available for one week following each session. Registration is $10 per session or $30 for all four. Click here for more information and to register! 

The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be speaking about Soil Health on Organic Farms on January 28th at 4pmEST. Find more info on the full conference programming below! 

January 7, 2021 - Back to the Future: Regenerative-Organic Food Production for Good Health

  • Bob Quinn, Ph.D., Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author

January 14, 2021 - The Connection Between Farm Ecosystem Health and Human Health

  • Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

January 21, 2021 - The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability

  • Carolyn Dimitri, Ph.D., New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
  • Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Cristel Zoebisch, Organic Farming Research Foundation

January 28, 2021 - Soil Health on Organic Farms

  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., The Organic Center Science Program Manager
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VIRTUAL EcoFarm Conference

VIRTUAL EcoFarm Conference

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 23, 2021 - 5:00pm

Save the date for the 41st annual EcoFarm Conference, January 20 - 23, 2021, taking place online! 

This conference will feature the traditional learning opportunites and events such as keynote speakers, conference intensives, discussion groups, award ceremonies, 35+ workshops by track, and networking opportunities galore!

The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Dr. Jessica Shade, wil be featured on the following panel during the conference, taking place Wednesday, January 20 at 3:00 PT / 6:00pm EST.

How and Why Should Certifiers Address the NOP Requirements for Biodiversity?
Even though the National Organic Program (NOP) requires it, growers benefit from it, and consumers expect it, the NOP did not actually clarify what is meant by biodiversity until their published guidance in 2016. This has led to disparities in on-farm biodiversity strategies and certifier oversight, resulting in an unfair playing field for growers and certifiers. This workshop will focus on the importance of biodiversity for organic growers, disparities in biodiversity, tools that certifiers are using to ensure that farmers are in compliance, and farmer strategies for maintaining and improving biodiversity.

Speakers:

  • Sean Feder, CCOF
  • Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center 
  • Peter Martinelli, Fresh Run Farm

View the full conference agenda and register here!

 

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VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 conference will be taking place virtually January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021. All sessions begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Recordings will be available for one week following each session. Registration is $10 per session or $30 for all four. Click here for more information and to register! 

The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be speaking about Soil Health on Organic Farms on January 28th at 4pmEST. Find more info on the full conference programming below! 

January 7, 2021 - Back to the Future: Regenerative-Organic Food Production for Good Health

  • Bob Quinn, Ph.D., Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author

January 14, 2021 - The Connection Between Farm Ecosystem Health and Human Health

  • Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

January 21, 2021 - The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability

  • Carolyn Dimitri, Ph.D., New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
  • Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
  • Cristel Zoebisch, Organic Farming Research Foundation

January 28, 2021 - Soil Health on Organic Farms

  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., The Organic Center Science Program Manager
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VIRTUAL GOPEX

VIRTUAL GOPEX

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, January 29, 2021 - 5:00pm

The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX) has been reinvented for 2021, offering organic fresh produce buyers and suppliers two chances to engage in this increasingly important segment of the industry. 

GOPEX 2021 is taking place January 25-29, 2021 completely digitally. GOPEX Home will feature exciting and interactive entertainment, thought leadership from key industry professionals and a unique program that attendees and sponsors will be talking about all year. In addition to networking sessions that include a virtual escape room and a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet) happy hour, the January 25-29 online event will offer the quality educational programming and BizMatch meetings for which GOPEX is well known. 

Organic Trade Association will be presenting the following panel sessions during GOPEX Home in January: 

  • Finding Trends in Organic Numbers
    Panel Session: Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 - 2:45 EDT Networking / Discussion: 3:00-4:00 EDT
    Featuring: Angela Jagiello
     
  • The First 100 Days: An Industry Petition to the New Administration
    Panel Session: Thursday, January 28, 4:15-5:00pm EDT Networking / Discussion: 5:00-5:30 EST
    Featuring: Megan Debates

A second, in-person event, GOPEX Go, will take place in August 2021, with dates and location to be announced soon. The event will feature a more intimate outdoor expo/golf tournament format for 100 of the most influential retail and wholesale buyers in organic fresh produce. The in-person event will include BizMatch meetings, exhibits and social activities that will deliver exclusive sponsorship opportunities and deeper connections among all participants. 

If you are interested in connecting with Organic Trade Association at GOPEX, contact Angela Jagiello

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VIRTUAL Sustainable Foods Summit

VIRTUAL Sustainable Foods Summit

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

The pandemic is having a profound impact on the food industry. It has disrupted raw material supply chains, changed the way products are distributed, and the way food is bought and consumed. Learn about the sustainability implications of the coronavirus crisis at this new North American virtual edition of Sustainable Foods Summit

The Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted on an online platform January 25-28, 2021, the summit is comprised of four conference sessions:

  • Session One: Sustainability Update
  • Session Two: Food Ingredients
  • Session Three: Supply Chains
  • Session Four: Future of Sustainability Schemes

Organic Trade Association is sponsoring the event, and OTA's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking on the morning of January 28th as a part of Session Four: Future of Sustainability Schemes. For more information, contact Angela Jagiello

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WEBINAR: Organic Newsbreaker Panel

WEBINAR: Organic Newsbreaker Panel

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

2020 was a year of unprecedented turmoil. It featured a global pandemic, resultant spikes in unemployment, climate related natural disasters, and widespread outcry for racial justice, and was capped off by a historic and bitterly contested election. As it pertained to organic, shopping patterns were upended, workforces were stretched, legislative and regulatory progress were halted, and organic products experienced unprecedented sales. What will the coming year hold for organic, and for the overall agricultural landscape? Join Organic Trade Association for a conversation with leading reporters on the issues and stories they will be tracking this year.  

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Laura Batcha, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director | Organic Trade Association
  • Spencer Chase, Managing Editor | Agri-Pulse
  • Elizabeth Crawford, Deputy Editor | FoodNavigator-USA
  • Gregg Hillyer, Editor In Chief | Progressive Farmer
  • Naomi Starkman, Founder & Editor-in-Chief | Civil Eats

Complimentary to OTA members 
Not-yet member registrations: $149

This webinar will be recorded. Register to be updated when the recording is available. 

Registration closes at 1 pm Eastern. If you register after 1 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 48 hours of its completion. 

REGISTER NOW

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