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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. 

OTA Hosted Event

February 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
Board of Directors Retreat and Meeting

Board of Directors Retreat and Meeting

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

The Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, January 31 - February 1 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in Eugene, OR. The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a year, two or three in-person meetings and one or two via teleconference. Each Board member serves on one of the three committees: Executive, Community Relations, or Governance.  Each committee typically meets once per month. If you would like to attend a Board meeting or formally address the Board regarding a specific topic or issue, please contact OTA

Event Type: 
9:00am to 3:00pm


Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 5:00pm

The 2017 Organicology Conference, featuring the latest research and education and networking for organic stakeholders, will take place Feb. 2-4 in Portland, OR. Organicology, held every two years, is organized by the Organically Grown Company, Oregon Tilth, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and Organic Seed Alliance.

OTA's CEO Laura Batcha will speak during a workshop session on Selling to the Masses on Friday, February 3 from 3:30 - 5:00pm and during a roundable discussion on Sustainable and Organic Agriculture Policy in the Next Farm Bill on Saturday, February 4 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. 

OTA's Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard will present in the panel Organic Regulatory Update and Policy Primer on Friday, February 3 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. 

OTA's Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis will present in an All-day solution-shop on Transition and Growth in the Organic Sector on Thursday, February 2 and in the session Organic Integrity: Managing the seemingly impossible on Friday, February 3 from 3:30 - 5pm. 


9:00am to 5:00pm
Organic in Portland Regional Networking Event

Organic in Portland Regional Networking Event

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 4:30pm to Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:30pm

Please join the Organic Trade Association (OTA) Board of Directors in Portland, Oregon, for a regional meeting and networking event on Wednesday, February 1 at the Hilton Portland

The OTA Board will be in town for Organicology and its annual winter Board meeting and retreat, and would like the opportunity to hear from you and your colleagues in the Pacific Northwest organic community. Board members will facilitate a discussion about issues facing organic food and fiber farmers, processors, distributors, retailers and others in the region.

You'll hear directly from Board Members about the trade association's major initiatives and plans for the opportunities and uncertainties that lie ahead in 2017. The Board is also eager to hear YOUR PRIORITIES, and help connect the dots about how OTA can help your organic business thrive.

We'll end the meeting with a reception co-hosted by OTA, Accredited Certifiers Association, Organic Materials Review Institute, Sustainable Food Trade Association, Tilth, and Organicology.

On behalf of the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors, we hope to see you there!


4:30 - 5:30 PM:
Facilitated business conversation. Members of the Portland area organic sector will participate in a dialog about challenges and opportunities for organic in the Portland area.

5:30 - 7:00 PM:
Organic appetizers and drinks will be served at a reception co-hosted by OTA, Accredited Certifiers Association, Organic Materials Review Institute, Sustainable Food Trade Association, Tilth, and Organicology.


Event Type: 
4:30pm to 5:30pm
Organic Innovation and Inspiration: CCOF 2017 Annual Conference

Organic Innovation and Inspiration: CCOF 2017 Annual Conference

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 9:15am to Friday, February 10, 2017 - 5:15pm

Save the date for CCOF’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference events on 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 our 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. 

9:15am to 5:15pm


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 9:15am to Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 5:15pm

OTA staff will attend BIOFACH - The World's leading Trade Fair for Organic Food - will be held February 15-18 in Nuremberg, Germany. OTA's CEO Laura Batcha, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Gwendolyn Wyard, and Director of International Trade Monique Marez will all be attending and presenting. Be sure to visit the OTA booth! 


Be sure to join us for a pre-show reception on February 14, 2017 at the Maritim Nuremberg! All are invited but RSVP is required. Please sign-up here. If you have any questions about Biofach, the program, or if you will be attending please contact Contact Monique Marez for more information. 


9:15am to 5:15pm
USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

USDA Agriculture Outlook Forum

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:00am to Friday, February 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

The United States Department of Agriculture's 93rd Agricultural Outlook Forum will take place February 23-24, 2017 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. The theme will be "A New Horizon: The Future of Agriculture." The Organic Trade Association's CEO Laura Batcha and Farm Policy Director Nate Lewis will both be speaking. Registration is now open!


TRACK: Marketing and Consumer Driven Practices | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 20 : Marketing-driven Changes in Agricultural Production

Moderator: Laura Batcha, Executive Director, Organic Trade Association

Topic 1: Slow-growing Chickens
Speaker: Bruce Stewart-Brown, Sr. VP Food Safety and Quality, Perdue Farms 

Topic 2: Antibiotic-free Animal Agriculture
Speaker: George Siemon, Chief Executive Officer, Organic Valley

Topic 3: Elimination of Gestation Crates for Hogs
Speaker: Stewart Leeth, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield


9:00am to 5:00pm