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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

October 2018

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Provender Alliance Educational Conference

Provender Alliance Educational Conference

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 8:00am to Friday, October 5, 2018 - 5:00pm

The Provender Alliance Educational Conference will be taking place October 3-5, 2018 in Hood River, Oregon. Gwendolyn Wyard, the Organic Trade Association's Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, and Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be presenting the following sessions at the Conference. For more information contact Gwendolyn Wyard

The Controversial Shopping Basket & Keeping USDA Organic Strong
Time: Friday Oct 5th from 10:30AM to 12:00PM
Location: Mt. Adams
Speaker: Gwendolyn Wyard

Back by popular demand! This session will provide up-to-date and accurate information on various controversial organic issues (background and current status) including where the topic is at in the regulatory process and how shoppers can weigh in and make their voices heard. Featured topics in the shopping basket may include (depending on audience interest and current events): animal welfare, allowed non-organic ingredients, GMO labeling regulations, new organic (plus) label claims & private certifications. Do you have specific questions or concerns? Bring your controversial product or label to the workshop and we’ll answer your questions!

Organic Farming and Climate Change
Time: Friday Oct 5th from 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Location: Mt. Hood
Speakers: Jessica Shade, Gwendolyn Wyard

The food system is in an interesting predicament—it’s a significant contributor to one of its own biggest threats—climate change. But fortunately, just as poor land-management practices are contributors to climate change, use of good on-farm practices can actually lead to climate change mitigation. Organic farming is poised to be part of the climate change solution, because organic farmers do not rely on fossil-fuel intensive synthetic inputs to manage pests or increase soil fertility, and they also use farming techniques that sequester carbon in the soil. This workshop will take a deep dive into the scientific research that explores the effect of organic farming practices on energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration. We will also explore challenges expected to face our food production systems in the face of climate change and the research behind organic practices as a means to increase resiliency.

8:00am to 5:00pm
SIAL Paris

SIAL Paris

Sunday, October 21, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm

SIAL Paris is a unique global food event featuring the world’s leading retail and foodservice buyers in one location.  Occurring every two years, SIAL attracts over 150,000 visitors from not only the European Union but also from the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

The Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show through its U.S. Organic Worldwide program funded through USDA’s Market Access Program (MAP). Come visit us at booth #4L008! For more information contact OTA's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey

Trade Show Information: 

October 21-25, 2018

Paris, France




8:00am to 5:00pm
National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments will be posted below as it becomes available. All meetings are free and open to the public. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

From Wednesday, October 24 at 8:30am to Friday, October 26 at 6:00pm, the NOSB will meet to discuss: substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2020, and guidance on organic policies. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Meeting Information:

October 24-26, 2018 

InterContinental Saint Paul Riverfront

St. Paul, MN

8:30am to 6:00pm
Organic & Non-GMO Forum

Organic & Non-GMO Forum

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 8:00am to Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 5:00pm

The fourth annual Organic & Non-GMO Forum will take place on October 29-30, 2018 in St. Louis, MO. 

Hundreds of producers, processors, merchandisers and service providers in the industry will gather to discuss the most pressing issues. From what’s new in gene editing tools to how the long-awaited USDA National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is shaping up to what’s being done to stop fraud in the organic sector, the forum’s accomplished speakers will deliver on the latest developments.

At the Forum, Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the Organic Trade Association (OTA), will shine a light on the ongoing concerns about food disclosure and fraud in the organic sector. In “Addressing Vulnerability to Fraud: A GOSCI Task Force Update”, Wyard will highlight the efforts of the Global Organic Supply Chain Integrity (GOSCI), a 48-member trade group formed in 2017 by OTA to develop a fraud prevention program designed specifically for the organic industry. Thus far, the group has created a comprehensive “best practices” guide to facilitate the industry-wide implementation of systems and measures to preserve the integrity of organic, both inside and outside of the U.S., and is presently overseeing a pilot to prevent and detect fraud in the global organic system. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard with any questions. 

Meeting Information:

October 29-30, 2018

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch

St. Louis, MO

8:00am to 5:00pm