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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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Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Winter Board Meeting Phone Conference will take place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.

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.

For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

Meeting Information:

December 5, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST

Phone Conference

 

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Montana Organic Association Conference

Montana Organic Association Conference

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

The 2018 Montana Organic Association Conference will be a gathering of diverse but like-minded people who have dedicated themselves to living by organic standards that convey trust and transparency to the consumer. They will come together to share their stories, learn from each other and confront the many challenges that face them at this time in history. The Conference will present more than 40 speakers over the three-day conference. 

The Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking at the following sessions during the 2018 Montana Organic Association Conference. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

2018 Farm Bill Panel – What’s at Stake?, (During Lunch), Friday, 11:45 AM – 12:35 PM
Panelists: Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association;  Aaron Shier, Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union; Alyssa Charney, Senior Policy Specialist, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition;  Alison Vergeront, Agriculture Liaison & Field Representative for Senator Daines; Jesse Anderson, Agriculture Liaison for Senator Tester

Panelists will provide an update on 2018 Farm Bill negotiations. The House and Senate have both passed their respective drafts of the next farm bill and began working to negotiate the differences between the two bills, but the 2014 Farm Bill expired on September 30 without a new bill passed or an extension of current law. As farm bill negotiators continue to work to pass a new bill by the end of the year, there is a lot at stake for organic farmers and ranchers across the country. Panelists will include policy experts from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), National Farmers Union (NFU), and National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), who will provide their analysis and insight regarding opportunities, challenges, and a path forward for the 2018 Farm Bill. The panel will also include presentations from the agriculture liaisons for Senator Daines and Senator Tester, who will speak to the importance of the next farm bill for Montana’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
 

Policy Updates and Emerging Programs that Matter to Montana Organic Farmers, Saturday, 8:00 AM – 9:50 AM (2 sessions)
Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
Panelists include Doug Crabtree (Vilicus Farms), Kiki Hubbard (Organic Seed Alliance), and Anders Gurda (Pipeline Foods)

Organic Trade Association (OTA) staff and representatives of OTA member community groups will present the highlights of OTA’s current policy platform and priority initiatives. Panelists will share stories of how OTA’s policy agenda supports, and is shaped by, organic farmers. Featured topics will include: promoting organic priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill; overcoming challenges in organic grain supply chains; continuous improvement of organic seed usage; and strengthening organic animal welfare regulations.
 

Conference Information:

December 6-8, 2018

Mansfield Center

Great Falls, Montana 

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Organic Grower Summit

Organic Grower Summit

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 8:00am to Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:00pm

The Organic Grower Summit will be taking place December 12 - 13, 2018 in Monterey, CA. This conference brings together organic growers, farmers and producers for two days of education, information and networking with their production, supply chain and support service providers. 

The Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in a session titled, "Organic Data Dive: A Look at the Numbers Driving Decisions on the Farm" taking place on Thursday December 13 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. The session will be moderated by Dan McGovern, editor of Sustainable Food News. Matt Lally of Neilson will provide an overview of current sales data on organic fresh produce and Laura Batcha will share the latest data trends in fresh organics. For more information, contact Cassandra Christine

Conference Information:

December 12 - 13, 2018

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey, CA

 

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