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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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September 2016

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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

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

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. 

9:00am to 5:00pm
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Washington Organic Week

Washington Organic Week

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 5:30pm

Governor Jay Inslee has declared September 12-18th, 2016 as Washington Organic Week (WOW!) Join us in Celebrating Washington’s organic bounty! See Governor Inslee’s proclamation.

Washington State Department of Agriculture will host social media and blog posts throughout the week, learning about the history of organic certification, understanding what certification actually means, and highlighting organic statistics. 

Here’s a shortcut to more information about Washington Organic Week:

Facts and Information for 2016 http://tilthproducers.org/wow

Organic Statistics for 2015 from WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources http://csanr.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WA_OrgStats_-ann_rev_2015.pdf

WSDA Organic Program Interested in Certification web page http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/Organic/NewOrg.aspx

WSDA Blog and Social Media, where we are posting WOW! updates for the week

http://wastatedeptag.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/WAStateDeptAg
https://twitter.com/WSDAgov/  #WAOrganic

Questions? Please contact OTA's Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis.

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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. 

9:00am to 5:00pm
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Washington Organic Week

Washington Organic Week

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 9:30am to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 5:30pm

Governor Jay Inslee has declared September 12-18th, 2016 as Washington Organic Week (WOW!) Join us in Celebrating Washington’s organic bounty! See Governor Inslee’s proclamation.

Washington State Department of Agriculture will host social media and blog posts throughout the week, learning about the history of organic certification, understanding what certification actually means, and highlighting organic statistics. 

Here’s a shortcut to more information about Washington Organic Week:

Facts and Information for 2016 http://tilthproducers.org/wow

Organic Statistics for 2015 from WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources http://csanr.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/WA_OrgStats_-ann_rev_2015.pdf

WSDA Organic Program Interested in Certification web page http://agr.wa.gov/FoodAnimal/Organic/NewOrg.aspx

WSDA Blog and Social Media, where we are posting WOW! updates for the week

http://wastatedeptag.blogspot.com/
http://www.facebook.com/WAStateDeptAg
https://twitter.com/WSDAgov/  #WAOrganic

Questions? Please contact OTA's Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis.

9:30am to 5:30pm
 
 
 
 
Natural Products Expo East

Natural Products Expo East

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 5:00pm

Natural Products Expo East will be held September 21-24, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. OTA will host a full schedule of membership activities and events in conjunction with the trade show. This exciting week in Baltimore serves as one of the primary, annual gathering places for the OTA membership. We look forward to connecting OTA members, Board and staff for association business, member meetings, and social and networking events. 

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East Coast Organic Tour

East Coast Organic Tour

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, September 23, 2016 - 5:00pm

OTA will lead a media and industry tour for key trading partners showcasing the quality, diversity, and integrity of U.S. organic products through a hands-on learning experience of the organic industry along the East Coast. The tour will start in New York and end at Natural Products Expo East. For more information please contact Monique Marez, OTA's Associate Director of International Trade.

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OTA Annual Membership Meeting

OTA Annual Membership Meeting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

OTA’s Annual Meeting is one of the many important events OTA has on tap for its members as part of Natural Products Expo East. OTA is your trade association, and we encourage you to come listen, share your ideas, and get involved in our work. Hosted by OTA’s Board of Directors, the Annual Meeting highlights Association accomplishments and invites members to weigh in on a collective vision for the future of the organic sector. The program is always productive, interesting, and interactive. Our Annual Meeting is also where we announce “OTA’s Member of the Year” award to recognize engaged long-time members who actively serve on OTA task forces and standing committees, participate in OTA events, and serve as overall ambassadors for OTA and the industry. You don’t need a ticket to come to the Annual Meeting, and stay for complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres prior to our ticketed celebration honoring the 2016 Organic Leadership Award recipients. Both OTA’s Annual Meeting and the Annual Awards Celebration that follows will be held off-site in Baltimore’s Columbus Center.

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OTA Annual Awards Celebration

OTA Annual Awards Celebration

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 6:30pm
OTA hosts a perennially popular, always fun and undeniably inspirational event in Baltimore on the night before the Expo East conference and tradeshow begins. Each year, we recognize organic visionaries who are transforming our sector in the backdrop of a beautiful and unique event space over a delicious organic dinner.
 
With 300 organic executives in attendance, this Wednesday night party is your best bet to network and start the show off right. OTA's Annual Awards Celebration is recognized as not just the best organic meal in town but also the chance to be among the best organic company. Tickets usually sell out for this favorite event, so don’t miss out. 
 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 

6:30 - 10:00 PM

Columbus Center: 701 E. Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD
 

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All Things Organic Conference

All Things Organic Conference

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:30am to Friday, September 23, 2016 - 5:30pm

Held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo East, OTA's All Things Organic Conference delivers a thought-provoking program with critical information on the issues that impact your organic business. View the full conference schedule and check back often as more details are made available. 

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Organic PAC Fall Fundraiser

Organic PAC Fall Fundraiser

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Organic PAC will bring supporters together on September 22, 2016, to watch the Orioles take on the Red Sox at Camden Yards. OTA’s Organic PAC provides financial assistance to candidates for Congress who are influential in protecting and promoting organic food and farming, and is the only Political Action Committee dedicated solely to that end. With the mid-term elections recently behind us, the strategic work of Organic PAC will be critical in positioning organic on the Hill for the future.

Organic PAC hosts in-person fundraisers throughout the year.  Contact OTA to learn how to receive an invitation to PAC events. 

 

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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. 

9:00am to 5:00pm
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