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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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Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) Annual Training

Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) Annual Training

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA) works to ensure the integrity of organic certification in the United States. Purposes include, developing uniform criteria for implementation of the USDA National Organic Program, certifier training, support and networking opportunities and being a forum for discussion of issues impacting organic certification.

Meeting Information: 

The Drury Plaza Hotel San Antonio Riverwalk

San Antonio, Texas

 

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Biofach

Biofach

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Biofach is the world's leading trade fair for organic food.

The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show. The activity copay is $600 for first time exhibitors, and $1000 for repeat exhibitors. The Organic Trade Association will provide a table top booth display within the Organic Trade Association pavilion, as well as pay for airfare and hotel for one comapny representative at BioFach.

Due to limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis, and priority will be given to new-to-program Organic Trade Association participants.

For more information contact Monique Marez, Director of International Trade. 

Trade Show Information: 

Exhibition Center

Nuremberg, Germany 

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
Organic Seed Alliance

Organic Seed Alliance

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Organic Seed Alliance is the largest organic seed event in the U.S. Hear the latest in cutting-edge research and policy advocacy, trade knowledge, techniques, and ideas with other seedheads from around the world. The conference provides a full agenda of presentations, panel discussions, and networking events. 

The 9th Organic Seed Growers Conference theme is Synergy that Sustains. This year’s theme reflects an emphasis on developing collaborative networks, cooperative production and business models, and a diversity of approaches to advancing organic seed systems.

The Organic Trade Association's Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be presenting the following session at the Conference:

Private Sector Solutions to Increasing Organic Seed Usage

Despite tremendous strides in increasing the availability of organic seed, further incentivizing the use of organic seed is critical for the organic seed sector’s continued expansion. Ongoing efforts to increase the sourcing of organic seed include improving the organic seed regulatory requirement, providing training and education, investing in organic plant breeding and seed research, and developing organic seed search databases. This interactive session will cover current seed policy discussions within the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) and broader organic community, including a 2017 NOSB proposal to update the organic seed regulation and strengthen guidance for certifiers. The session will also explore private sector solutions for increasing organic seed usage by further developing the relationship and commitment between organic growers, processors, and seed providers. Audience members will be encouraged to share personal perspectives and experiences, and ideas for solutions, to inform ongoing policy discussions and resources focused on strengthening organic seed systems.

Conference Information:

February 14-17, 2018

Corvallis, Oregon 

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
 
Georgia Organics

Georgia Organics

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Georgia Organics Conference is about building stronger farms, school gardens, and communities. Nearly 1,000 conference attendees will connect with like-minded peers, tour farms, cultivate new skills, and discover more than 70 exhibit booths with innovative food-and agriculture-related information.

Conference Information:

February 16-17, 2018

Augusta Convention Center - Augusta, Georgia 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture's Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

The USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum is a platform facilitating conversation on key issues and topics within the agricultural community, including academic leaders, producers, processors, policy makers, government officials, and both foreign and domestic nongovernment organizations. At the Forum, there will be a session on The Outlook for Organic Agriculture.

On Thursday, February 22nd, during the Agriculture Production and Rural Opportunities track at the Forum, there will be an Outlook on Organic Agriculture session moderated by Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. Contact Jessica Shade for more information. 

Event Information: 

February 22-23, 2018

Washington, D.C. 

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference - Organic Hotspots: Revitalizing Rural America

CCOF Annual Meeting & Conference - Organic Hotspots: Revitalizing Rural America

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 5:00pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 5:00pm

The California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) Annual Meeting and Conference is an annual tradition that convenes the CCOF membership and supporters to celebrate successes and plan for the future of organic. The conference also benefits the programs of the CCOF Foundation: the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund, the Organic Training Institute, the Bricmont Hardship Assistance Fund, and our consumer education programming. The tradition of this annual educational conference is treasured as a yearly opportunity for the organic community to network, share resources, and learn how to grow your businesses.

The 2018 Conference will explore the factors that have made California a hotbed of organic hotspots activity and discuss ways to encourage the growth of organic hotspots across rural America. We will hear the stories of organic leaders who have contributed to economic revitalization through organic in rural areas, and from those who have seen the impacts first-hand on their businesses and communities. Leaders in policy development, education, and agricultural technology will also share their insights as key individuals helping support these regional economic changes.

Laura Batcha, CEO & Executive Director of the Organic Trade Association, will be speaking at the CCOF Annual Meeting on Friday, February 23rd at 1:45pm, on a panel entitled "Working Hand-in-Hand: Partnerships Between Elected Officials & Organic". Click here to review the full agenda! 

Conference Information: 

February 22-23, 2018

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel - Sacramento, CA

 

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Organic Trade Association's Annual Organic Fiber Council Meeting

Organic Trade Association's Annual Organic Fiber Council Meeting

Monday, February 26, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Organic Trade Association's Fiber Council aims to create a cohesive voice across fiber categories and to grow the organic fiber sector overall. The Organic Fiber Council Annual Meeting is closed to OTA members or by invite only. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Meeting Information:

February 26, 2018, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Charleston, South Carolina 

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Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Regional Roundtable

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Regional Roundtable

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) Regional Roundtable is a one-day business roundtable will offer a complete overview for textile professionals and brands on how world renowned GOTS certification can deliver trust and transparency to your consumer by verifying your entire organic supply chain; prove social compliance equivalent to any stand-alone fair trade program; and add to your Corporate Social Responsibility platform. Click here to review the agenda. 

Speakers from the Organic Trade Association include Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs and Monique Marez, Director of International Trade as well as OTA Board Member and OTA Fiber Council Chair, Marci Zaroff, CEO of Metawear and Under The Canopy.

RSVP to Lori Wyman by February 5th, 2018 to reserve your seat! 

After the Regional Roundtable, there will be a One-Day Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) Training for Textile Industry Professionals taking place in Charleston on February 28th. A Continued Training Course for Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) Inspectors will also be taking place in Charleston March 1-2. 

Regional Roundtable Meeting Information:

February 27, 2018, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Hilton Garden Inn Mount Pleasant 

Charleston, South Carolina 

- 9:00am to 4:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
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