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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

May 2019

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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
Webinar - The Organic Center Presents: Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Webinar - The Organic Center Presents: Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world – though Florida citrus has been particularly hard hit. Infected trees are unable to extract the nutrients they need from soil, resulting in severely compromised yields and fruit that is unsuitable for sale. Until now, most of the protocols used to fight the spread of the disease have not been compliant with organic regulations. The Organic Center has collaborated with University of Florida researchers to publish a study that outlines a rigorous, multi-faceted approach to protecting citrus trees in organic systems. Learn more our Webinar series.

Event Type: 
- 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

Can't make it to Organic Week this year? We're going LIVE on Facebook for select sessions from the Bold Ideas and Critical Conversations confernce. RSVP to be notified when we're live. 

Experience the impact of organic – three great events in one powerful week.

It’s time to double-down on big ideas and better solutions. In the backdrop of the nation’s capital, join us at the epicenter of culinary creativity for a collaborative event about the future of organic. We’ll explore leading-edge thinking, discuss bold strategies, and take incremental steps to advance policy and private sector solutions.

The Organic Trade Association kicks off Organic Week in Washington, D.C. with Member Day on Monday, May 20, at our headquarters in the Hall of The States. On Tuesday, May 21, we will head to Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day to educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of organic. The week's activities will culminate with Conference Day in a unique new venue – Dock 5 – a creative urban space in the nexus of the bustling, historic Union Market. There, we will focus on bold ideas and critical conversations of consequence to our industry.

Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will come together to advance organic priorities. You can’t afford to miss this intimate offering of education, advocacy, and networking brought to you by the Organic Trade Association.

Register now, or learn more about sponsorship opportunities. We hope to see you there! 

Organic Week Schedule:

Monday, May 20: Member Day [OTA members only]

Tuesdays, May 21: Advocacy Day [OTA members only]

Wednesday, May 22: Conference Day 

Thursday, May 23: Board of Directors Meeting [open to members]



Event Type: 
9:00am to 3:00pm
Seoul Food & Hotel

Seoul Food & Hotel

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:00am to Friday, May 24, 2019 - 5:00pm

Seoul Food & Hotel 2019 will return to Kintex, Seoul and already looks set to expand on its record breaking year in 2018. Seoul Food & Hotel, taking place May 21-24, provides participating companies with an opportunity to meet with key importers, distributors and industry buyers from retail, catering and hospitality trade across the of Korea. As a nation of ever-evolving tastes and with a variety of developing food trends, Korea is one of Asia's most important nations for launching new and innovative products.

Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of 8 US organic companies at the trade show. The cost is $600 for new exhibitors to SFH, and $1,000 for return participants. Sign-ups will be taken on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to new exhibitors. Organic Trade Association shared booth space is already at full capacity for this year, but contact Alexis Carey for more information on how to get involved! 

Registration includes: Tabletop in OTA booth, 1 round trip economy transportation to and from Seoul, booked through OTA’s travel agent (excluding airport transfers), Hotel stay for 1 for the duration of the activity, Fascia and counter graphics, 1 Group dinner, and buyer dinner support.

Tradeshow Information: 

Seoul Food & Hotel 2019

May 21-24, 2019

Seoul, Korea


9:00am to 5:00pm
Organic Trade Association Spring Board Meeting [In-Person]

Organic Trade Association Spring Board Meeting [In-Person]

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

The Spring Board Meeting will take place on Thursdsay, May 23, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in Washington, D.C., directly following the Organic Trade Association's Policy Conference.

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.

Organic Trade Association members are welcome to attend and observe in-person Board meetings, with the exception of any Executive Session.

For more information, contact Stephanie Jerger

Meeting Information:

Thursdsay, May 23, 2019 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Washington, D.C. 

Event Type: 
- 9:00am to 3:00pm