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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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January 2016

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OTA Webinar: Brand Registration in China

OTA Webinar: Brand Registration in China

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm

The Chinese market has many opportunities but also presents some risks. We will focus on how to protect your brand in this co-led session. The webinar will include an overview of China’s organic market, and IPR environment especially in the F&B sector. We will cover China’s IPR enforcement system, including the most recent regulations and classifications. Participants will learn how to register the brand, including steps to take, estimated timeline and cost, and tips on how to choose Chinese trademark names. 

Please register for Brand Registration in China on Jan 7, 2016 2:30 PM EST at: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2359656777731176961

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Contact Monique Marez,  OTA's Associate Director of International Trade, for more information. 

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Cascadia Grains Conference

Cascadia Grains Conference

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:00am

The 4th Cascadia Grains Conference will be held January 9th at the South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, WA. The Cascadia Grains Conference brings together farmers, processors and end-users, as well as investors, brokers and local government officials to support rebuilding a grain economy west of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia through three value-added enterprises – brewing and distilling, baking and other food uses, as well as animal feed.  OTA's Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis and OTA Member Matthew Dillon, Cultivator for Seed Matters, will be presenting on the U.S. Organic Grain Collaborative and OTA's Grain Council. To learn more, please contact Nate.

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Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives

Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

The Transforming Food Access Summit: Accelerating Affordability with Nutrition Incentives will take place January 11th - 13th at the Emory Conference Center and Hotel in Atlanta, GA. Nutrition incentives have played a transformational role in providing affordable access to healthy fruits and vegetables for hundreds of thousands of low-income consumers. From national policy makers to community-based organizations engaged in incentive programs and local and regional food supply chains, attendees will take away practical and innovative tactics to improve access to healthy food. To connect with OTA at the event, please contact OTA's Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Marni Karlin

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OTA Annual Board Retreat

OTA Annual Board Retreat

Monday, January 11, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

OTA's Board of Directors will meet for two days of business meetings to conduct their annual strategic planning retreat. Contact Stephanie Jerger with questions. If you’re in the Bay Area, join them on Tuesday January 12, from 5:00pm-7:30pm for an OTA Networking Event at the Clif Bar Headquarters (1451 66th Street, Emeryville, CA 94608). 

 

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Delaware Agriculture Week

Delaware Agriculture Week

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 9:00am to Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

Delaware Ag Week begins Monday, January 11, and ends Friday, January 14 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware. Offering a wide variety of great sessions, exhibits, and activities, the event provides useful and timely information to the agricultural community and industry through educational meetings and events, and is a great time for networking and fellowship with old and new acquaintances. There will be many opportunities to receive nutrient management, pesticide and certified crop advisor continuing education credits. OTA's Vice President of Government Affairs and General Counsel, Marni Karlin, will be attending Delaware Ag Week from Tuesday, January 12 to Wednesday, January 13. To connect with OTA at the event, please contact Marni

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Organic in the Bay Area: OTA Regional Networking Event

Organic in the Bay Area: OTA Regional Networking Event

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 4:30pm to 8:00pm

The Organic Trade Association Board of Directors and Clif Bar invite you to attend a free regional meeting and mixer for the San Francisco Bay Area organic community on Tuesday, January 12, at Clif Bar Headquarters in Emeryville, California. This event is held in conjunction with OTA's winter board meeting; it's a great opportunity to meet and engage with our organization's full board. We'll kick off the event with a tour of Clif Bar's 115,000 square foot LEED Platinum certified headquarters. Then we'll gather for a roundtable discussion about challenges and opportunities for organic farm producers and food processors in the region. We'll end the evening with a hosted reception featuring local organic fare. Register now!

 

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Accredited Certifiers Association Professional Development Training

Accredited Certifiers Association Professional Development Training

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 9:00am to Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 5:00pm

An Accredited Certifiers Association, Inc. Professional Development Training will be held January 13th-14th at the Hilton Savannah DeSoto Hotel in Savannah, GA. The training will include panel discussions as well as individual presentations. To connect with OTA at the event, please contact OTA's Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis.

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EcoFarm Conference: Regenerating our Lands and Water

EcoFarm Conference: Regenerating our Lands and Water

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

The EcoFarm Conference: Regenerating our Lands and Water will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, January 20th - 23rd. From technical discussions on biological methods, to sessions and office hours dealing with the business of farming, the conference is a roll-up-your sleeves affair that supports our individual and organizational efforts. This year the conference continues and expands its emphasis on discussion groups and peer-to-peer sharing forums, recognizing the value of all of our combined efforts and knowledge. It features working meetings and strategy sessions, providing an opportunity to reflect on achievements and plot the course of action for the coming year. It also includes topics to inspire and frame our shared project: overgrowing the conventional agricultural system, replacing it with a healthier, safer, more just food and farming system.

OTA will be presenting at several sessions: 


"Scaling up Organic: Into the Mainstream or Around the Margins

Friday January 22, from 3:30-5:00pm.
Presenters include Laura Batcha, OTA's CEO/ Executive Director

One of the few areas that people in the organic movement agree on is that they want organics to keep growing in order to counteract the use of toxic materials in our environment and food. However, positions vary widely regarding how a lot more organic production can and ought to come about. These conflicts result in arguments over scale, speed, standards, media messaging, and grower recruitment without creating a successful model for growth. Leaders representing industry and activist groups will consider ways to achieve a more organic future and a common strategic ground. How should the organic message be presented to consumers, and by whom? Which is the better strategy to strengthen the organic industry: targeting the chemical farming establishment or in-fighting over organic standards?


"Organic Textiles from Field to Tee"
Thursday January 21, from 3:30-5:00pm
Presenters include Gwendolyn Wyard, OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs

The market for organic textiles is the most rapidly growing non-food organic category in the U.S., achieving $1.1 billion in sales in 2014! The sector grew 18% that year, its strongest growth since 2009. What’s an “organic textile?” What are the challenges and opportunities for growers, processors and retailers? What are U.S. labeling requirements and certification options? A diverse panel including a farmer, a manufacturer, a policy wonk, and a retailer will discuss organic cotton farming, trends in the organic fiber sector, why it is a critical next frontier, and how the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) ensures truth behind the label.


OTA's Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis will also be presenting on policy efforts and public/private initiatives to attract new growers to organic production and support existing producers during their transition to organic.


To connect with OTA at the conference, please contact Laura, Gwendolyn or Nate.

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U.C. Davis Workshop on Animal-Based Soil Amendments

U.C. Davis Workshop on Animal-Based Soil Amendments

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 9:00am to Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 5:00pm

U.C. Davis will hold a workshop to bring together a diverse group of organic producers, industry members, compost and manure experts, and scientific experts to evaluate and synthesize the needs of organic producers. The workshop will take place January 25-26 at the U.C. Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. The workshop will include breakout sessions focused on the use of raw manure or compost, rotational grazing practices and extension/education needs to focus in-depth on issues of importance to the organic community. The workshop will conclude with an evaluation of the workshop findings and a prioritization of research needs and topics to adequately develop a full scale OREI research proposal to assess the efficacy of organic practices in mitigating food safety risk associated with the use of animal based soil amendments. OTA's Senior Crop & Livestock Specialist Nate Lewis will be attending, along with Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. To connect with OTA or TOC at the workshop, please contact Nate or Jessica

 

 

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NASDA Winter Policy Conference

NASDA Winter Policy Conference

Sunday, January 31, 2016 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 5:00pm
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Winter Policy Conference will take place from January 31 - February 3 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. 
OTA's CEO / Executive Director Laura Batcha will speak during the Plenary Session on Monday, February 1 from 2:30-3:30. She will provide an update on new opportunities in organic agriculture, both domestic and abroad. For more information, please contact Marni Karlin, OTA's Vice President Government Affairs and General Counsel.
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