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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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The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference is a dynamic and diverse gathering of people working at the intersections of organic agriculture and gardening, food justice, land management, education, carbon sequestration, environment and health.

At the Conference, Organic Trade Association’s Farm Policy Director, Jo Mirenda, will debate Dave Chapman of the Real Organic Project on whether the National Organic Program is doing it’s job of protecting the values of traditional organic agriculture and meeting consumer expectations. The debate will take place on Saturday, August 10th, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m in Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Main Auditorium. For more information, contact Jo Mirenda

Conference Information: 

August 9-11, 2019

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

9:00am to 5:00pm
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The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference

The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference

Friday, August 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Sunday, August 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Northeast Organic Farming Association [NOFA] Summer Conference is a dynamic and diverse gathering of people working at the intersections of organic agriculture and gardening, food justice, land management, education, carbon sequestration, environment and health.

At the Conference, Organic Trade Association’s Farm Policy Director, Jo Mirenda, will debate Dave Chapman of the Real Organic Project on whether the National Organic Program is doing it’s job of protecting the values of traditional organic agriculture and meeting consumer expectations. The debate will take place on Saturday, August 10th, from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m in Hampshire College’s Franklin Patterson Main Auditorium. For more information, contact Jo Mirenda

Conference Information: 

August 9-11, 2019

Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

9:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
National Industrial Hemp Council [NIHC] Business Summit

National Industrial Hemp Council [NIHC] Business Summit

Monday, August 12, 2019 - 8:00am to Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:30pm

The National Industrial Hemp Council [NIHC] Business Summit is taking place August 12-13, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Summit will provide an educational and networking opportunity for those currently in or soon to be entering the industrial hemp industry. Attendees will learn about the current legislative and regulatory landscape at both the federal and local level with speakers from the federal government, Pacific Northwest state officials, and leading legal experts from the law firm of Beveridge and Diamond.

Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be speaking at the Summit on the morning of August 12th from 9:30am - 10:15am. Find more information on that session below. For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard

Panel Discussion: Organic Hemp – Truth in Labeling, What does it Mean? The Consumers’ Right to Know

Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
Callie Uhan, Certification Officer, Oregon Tilth
Angela Wartes-Kahl, Fiber and Textiles Coordinator, Oregon Tilth
Moderator: Nate Lewis, Oyster Bay Farm

Organic is the fastest growing segment in American food and agriculture.  Topping over $50 billion per year in sales, the USDA organic label is the gold standard for product differentiation in the marketplace.  Hemp producers and processors can also benefit from this voluntary labeling program by obtaining premiums for their products and meeting their consumers’ demands.  Hear from experts in organic regulatory policy and certification on how organic can support the entire industrial hemp supply chain from seed to food to textiles.

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August 12-13, 2019

Benson Hotel

Portland, Oregon

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Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Organic Trade Association Summer Board Meeting Phone Conference will be taking place on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 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

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST.

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Webinar: Retail Intel: Best Labeling Practices for Organic Non-Food Products

Webinar: Retail Intel: Best Labeling Practices for Organic Non-Food Products

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 2:00pm

Shoppers trust retailers to offer high quality products with strong organic integrity. But labeling requirements are very different when it comes to non-food organic products such as fiber, personal care and household cleaners. Don’t get lost in the gray area! Join us to understand the labeling landscape and know what to look for to assure you are providing a full complement of trusted of organic products throughout your shop. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

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