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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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February 2016

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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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Organic Seed Growers Conference

Organic Seed Growers Conference

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00pm

The 8th Organic Seed Growers Conference is the largest organic seed event in the U.S. It will be held at the Oregon State University CH2M HILL Alumni Center on campus in Corvallis, Oregon. Expand your seed knowledge and skills, hear the latest in scientific research, and discover new resources and tools that help you breed, grow, and sell more seed. OTA's Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist, Nate Lewis, will be moderating a workshop, and OTA's Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will also be attending. Contact Nate and Gwendolyn for more information. 

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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. 

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BioFach 2016

BioFach 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 9:30am to Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 5:00pm

OTA will host 14 companies in the U.S. Pavilion and lead educational sessions at BioFach 2016, February 10-13 in Nuremberg, Germany. An all-organic trade show, BioFach offers the chance to showcase products to a worldwide audience of buyers and brokers. Sign-ups are taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Monique Marez, OTA’s Associate Director for International Trade, to learn more.

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NOFA-VT Winter Conference

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 5:00pm

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont will host its Winter Conference at the University of Vermont, Burlington. NOFA Vermont brings 34 years of conference history to the cutting edge of the local, organic food movement. Join 1,200 attendees by participating in this year's conference. Connect with the dynamic, growing community of organic farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and consumers. The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a perfect opportunity for businesses and nonprofits alike to reach a receptive, targeted audience while supporting the growth of this vital movement.
Nate Lewis, OTA's Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist, will be facilitating a stakeholder listening session on The Organic Center's OREI Grant on Manure Safety. To connect with OTA at the conference, please contact Nate

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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. 

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NOFA-VT Winter Conference

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 5:00pm

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont will host its Winter Conference at the University of Vermont, Burlington. NOFA Vermont brings 34 years of conference history to the cutting edge of the local, organic food movement. Join 1,200 attendees by participating in this year's conference. Connect with the dynamic, growing community of organic farmers, homesteaders, gardeners, and consumers. The NOFA Vermont Winter Conference is a perfect opportunity for businesses and nonprofits alike to reach a receptive, targeted audience while supporting the growth of this vital movement.
Nate Lewis, OTA's Senior Crop and Livestock Specialist, will be facilitating a stakeholder listening session on The Organic Center's OREI Grant on Manure Safety. To connect with OTA at the conference, please contact Nate

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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. 

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Webinar: "Measure Your On-Farm Biodiversity" presented by The Organic Center & Furman University

Webinar: "Measure Your On-Farm Biodiversity" presented by The Organic Center & Furman University

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:30pm

The Organic Center and Furman University are excited to present a webinar about measuring on-farm biodiversity using a simple, free public tool called the Healthy Farm Index.  Nature provides the foundation on which sustainable farming is built. However nature is complex, challenging to predict, and change on a farm is difficult to track over time. In this webinar we will first frame sustainable agriculture practices in light of their connection to nature and more specifically biodiversity. Second we will provide a demonstration of new online interactive version of the Healthy Farm Index. The Index is a biodiversity and ecosystem service planning and monitoring tool for (organic) farmers to better understand the direction connection to actions taken and responses at the farm scale. Use of the Index will help farmers and other landowners better understand how nature on their farm changes and more importantly how this change benefits the farm the surrounding environment. We will end the webinar with a brief discussion on how the Health Farm Index could align with the new USDA biodiversity and natural resource guidelines and a question and answer session. For more information please contact The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, Jessica Shade.

Webinar details:

Feb 22nd 2016 at 5:30pm ET

Log-in Link: http://furman.adobeconnect.com/hfi2016/

Call-in Information: Conference dial in: 1-719-234-7800.  Participant Code: 756016 #

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference: Blueprint for an Organic World

CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference: Blueprint for an Organic World

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 9:00am

At this year’s CCOF Annual Meeting and Conference: Bluepring for an Organic World, key public officials, CCOF members, and other organic leaders will come together to draft a plan to create a world where organic is the norm. The conference will take place on February 29, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. 

OTA’s Executive Director/CEO Laura Batcha will facilitate Session #4, “Balancing Supply and Demand: The Case for Organic Transition.” Discussed will be barriers to organic transition, including the challenge of overcoming the financial hardship and risks of the three-year transition period. The panel will make the case for organic transition as it demonstrates that all levels of the supply chain are looking to meet the rising demand for organic through support for transitioning producers. Panelists will include Dennis Hoover of Costco Wholesale, Peter Golbitz of Agromeris, Wendy Larson of Big Tree Organic, and Jake Lewin of CCOF.

 

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