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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

April 2019

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North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] 2019 Annual Meeting

North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] 2019 Annual Meeting

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

The 66th North American Agricultural Journalists [NAAJ] Annual Meeting will be April 7-9, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

During this meeting, sessions generally include a business meeting Sunday afternoon following by a pay-your-own group dinner, a variety of newsmakers followed by the banquet and writing awards celebration at the National Press Club on Monday, and visits with elected officials on Tuesday. Find full meeting agenda here.

On Monday, April 8th, at 2:00pm in the Crentz Room, Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking on a panel titled "Civil War in Organics". The panel will be moderated by Ed Maixner (Contributing Editor, Agri-Pulse); the other panelists include Steve Etka (Policy Director, National Organic Coalition), Lee Frankel (Executive Director, Coalition for Sustainable Organics), and Dave Chapman (Executive Director, Real Organic Project). 

For more information, contact Maggie McNeil

Meeting Information:

April 7-9, 2019 

The Cosmos Club

Washington, D.C. 

9:00am to 5:00pm
Webinar - Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

Webinar - Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Following an extensive pilot project to detect and prevent fraud in the global organic supply chain, the Organic Trade Association has launched a comprehensive program and toolkit for the organic community. Learn about the best practices in fraud prevention to keep your supply chain strong from seed to shelf from Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs. Learn more about our Webinar series.

Event Type: 
- 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm

The Spring 2019 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be April 24-26 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA. During meeting, 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, April 16 to Friday, April 26, 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 2021, and guidance on the organic regulations. The Organic Trade Association’s Regulatory and Legislative staff (Gwendolyn Wyard, Megan DeBates and Johanna Mirenda) will be in attendance and providing oral comments. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda.

Meeting information:

April 24 - 26
Renaissance Seattle Hotel
Seattle, WA

8:30am to 6:00pm
SIAL Canada

SIAL Canada

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:00pm

SIAL Canada is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 850 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries hosting over 15,000 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and 60 other countries. SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products under one roof to meet your customers’ expectations. Whether you work in the retail, catering or food processing industry, or you’re simply looking for new and innovative products or regional specialties from around the world, you’ll find exactly what you need.

The Organic Trade Association will exhibit at SIAL Canada for the first time this spring! The show will take place in Toronto from April 30th – May 2nd. The registration fee is $600 and includes one single hotel room for the duration of the activity, a table top counter display in the Organic Trade Association booth, logo screening and other marketing materials. Participants are in charge of their own travel expenses and other related costs. Space is extremely limited for this show, and participants will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. The shared booth space is already at full capacity for this year, but contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association International Trade Manager, for more information on how to get involved.

Trade Show Information:

SIAL Canada

April 30 - May 2, 2019

Toronto, Canada 


9:00am to 5:00pm