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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

November 2017

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National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

National Organic Standards Board Fall Meeting

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:00pm

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), which recommends organic policy to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program, will hold its fall public meeting October 31 through November 2 in Jacksonville, FL. The draft agenda for the upcoming meeting is now posted. OTA will keep you informed of issues to be discussed and commented on for this meeting.

For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

Meeting Information:

October 31-November 2, 2017

Omni Jacksonville - Jacksonville, FL

9:00am to 6:00pm
28th Annual Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing Conference

28th Annual Sustainable, Responsible, Impact Investing Conference

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 8:00am to Friday, November 3, 2017 - 5:00pm

The 28th Annual Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) Conference will be taking place November 1-3, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Thought leaders, investors, and investment professionals from all corners of the Sustainable, Responsible, Impact (SRI) investing universe convene to gain and share knowledge and strategies that align financial performance with positive change. These leaders and investors are catalyzing the shift to a more socially equitable and environmentally sustainable economy.

Laura Batcha, CEO of the Organic Trade Association, will speak on a panel at the SRI Conference about the organic industry in the United States and Mexico. 

Conference Information: 

November 1-3, 2017

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego, CA

8:00am to 5:00pm
Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2017

Organic & Non-GMO Forum 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 11:15am to Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:15am

The third annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum: Oilseeds and Grains at the Crossroads, brings together handlers, buyers and processors to address current and future challenges in meeting growing demand for organic and non-GMO products and other emerging opportunities for specialization in conventional agriculture. This event covers both the practical and business end of the organic, non-GMO and conventional supply chain and addresses the growing opportunities and significant challenges in this sector. Register now.

The Organic Trade Association will speak on a panel discussing "Transitioning to Organic: Challenges in the Field and Marketplace", taking place November 6th from 4:15pm-5:00pm. For more information contact Nate Lewis, Farm Policy Director. 

Forum Information: 

November 6-7, 2017

St. Louis, MO

11:15am to 9:15am
IFOAM World Congress

IFOAM World Congress

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:00pm to Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 9:00pm

The IFOAM World Congress will be held November 9 – 11, 2017 in New Delhi, India.  This gathering happens once every three years and is a meeting point for organic stakeholders worldwide. Organic Trade Association and Organic Center staff will present at the conference, including:

  • The Global Food System and the Alternative Paradigm (Tracy M, 14:30 Nov. 9)
  • Organic in the eye of the consumer and media (Monique M, 12:15, Nov. 10)
  • Organic Textiles and Body Care Products (Marci Z, 13:45, Nov. 10)
  • International Organic Trade Based on Equivalence (Monique M, 12:15, Nov. 11)

For more information visit IFOAM's website or contact Monique Marez to learn more.

Event Information:

November 9-11, 2017

New Dheli, India 

University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) Conference

University of Maryland Agriculture Law Education Initiative (ALEI) Conference

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:00pm

ALEI is a joint venture between University of Maryland College Park, University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law, and University of Maryland Eastern Shore focused on providing legal extension education to Maryland farmers. ALEI created an annual gathering to present issues and developments from a variety of perspectives to spread knowledge and spark conversations. The Conference attendees are a mix of farmers, policymakers, environmental activists, attorneys, and state officials, all with various interactions and relationships with farming and the environment.

The Organic Trade Association will be attending the Conference to speak on a panel about organic regulations, particularly organic livestock and the recent OTA suit. The Conference will take place from 8am-3pm on November 17th, the organic panel is scheduled for 8:45-9:30am.

For more information contact Kelley Poole, Vice President of Government Affairs. 

Conference Information: 

November 17th - 8:00am-3:00pm (The Organic Panel is scheduled for 8:45 - 9:30am)

Doubletree Hotel - Annapolis, MD


- 8:00am to 3:00pm
Farmers Advisory Council Fly-In

Farmers Advisory Council Fly-In

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 8:00am to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) is organizing a farmer fly-in scheduled for November 28-30.  FAC’s goal during this event is to meet with members of the Senate and House Ag Committee to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill.  Meetings are also expected to be scheduled with USDA, White House, and other DC-based Ag groups to discuss issues of concern to organic farmers.

For more information contact Allison Rice, Engagement Coordinator. 

Event Information:

November 28-30, 2017

Washington, D.C. 

Event Type: 
8:00am to 5:00pm