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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

December 2019

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Montana Organic Association Annual Conference

Montana Organic Association Annual Conference

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 8:00am to Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Montana Organic Association's Annual Conference will be taking place December 4-7, 2019 in Bozeman, MT. 

The Montana Organic Association (MOA) brings together people, businesses, organizations, and agencies who are working to develop Montana's organic industry. MOA is proud of its legacy that has led Montana to be a national leader in organic production. But MOA is more than organic production; it also serves to educate about organic products including food, fiber, and non-food items like personal care items and household supplies, and ways to limit the use of chemicals in everyday life. MOA also advocates for policies that protect the environment, promote healthy living, and support individuals, farms and businesses who are actively engaged in developing sustainable businesses and communities. MOA accomplishes this through hosting events, serving as an educational resource, providing network opportunities, and communications.

The Montana Organic Association (MOA) is a member of the Organic Trade Association's Farmers Advisory Council. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be attending the Annual Conference, and speaking at the following two sessions:

Repairing the Public-Private Partnership in Organic Standards | December 6, 2019 | 2:50 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
A healthy market for organic products requires critical support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) for uniform and robust standards. However, the USDA is not advancing organic standards, and this failure to keep pace with consumers and the industry is harming and fragmenting the market. In the past 10 years, industry has advanced 20 consensus recommendations for improvements to the organic standards and the USDA has not completed rulemaking on a single one of them. Montana Senators Jon Tester (Democrat), Steve Daines (Republican) and Representative Greg Gianforte (Republican) recognized this issue in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue demanding that USDA move forward and act on a decade’s worth of stalled recommendations by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).

The Organic Trade Association is working on long-term solutions that will repair the broken public-private partnership between USDA and the organic industry to ensure continuous improvement and accountability of the organic standards. At this workshop, attendees will learn about the Organic Trade Association’s efforts to advance concepts for a new framework for advancing federal organic standards to keep up with the marketplace and ensure the credibility of the USDA Organic seal. Attendees will participate in a facilitated discussion about these concepts and other strategic ideas for how organic will evolve within the public-private partnership into the future.

Federal Organic Policy Update | December 7, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.
This panel will provide an of-the-moment update on federal policy related to organic agriculture, including implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Specific focus will be given to Strengthening Oversight and Enforcement of Organic; Appropriations; Research; Conservation Programs; Risk Management Programs.

The full conference agenda is available here. Organic Trade Association will also be exhibiting in the tradeshow portion of the Conference! For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

Conference Information:

December 4-7, 2019

Bozeman, MT

8:00am to 5:00pm
Organic Growers Summit

Organic Growers Summit

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, December 5, 2019 - 5:00pm

The Organic Growers Summit will be taking place December 4-5, 2019 in Monterey, CA. Launched by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF), the Organic Grower Summit (OGS) will bring organic growers, producers and processors to Monterey for two days of education, information and networking opportunities with their production supply chain and support service providers.

The Organic Trade Association will be participating in the following sessions taking place at the Organic Growers Summit:

What's Next in Organic Plant Health? | Thursday, December 5 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. 
Moderator: Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
Speakers: Steve Pavich, Senior Plant Nutritionist, BioFlora; Dr. Danielle Kirkpatrick, Global Technical Support Coordinator, Trécé, Inc.; Pete Anecito, Director of Ag Operations, Mission Ranches 

Organic Sales Data Dive | Thursday, December 5 | 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Speakers: Laura Batcha, CEO and Executive Director, Organic Trade Association; Mike Galaburda, Client Director, Nielsen

If you'd like to setup a meeting with us at the show, contact Danielle Cote, Organic Trade Association's Membership Manager. 

Trade Show Information: 

December 4-5, 2019

Monterey Conference Center

Monterey, California 

9:00am to 5:00pm
Webinar: Top 10 Organic Headlines of 2019

Webinar: Top 10 Organic Headlines of 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 2:00pm

Join Organic Trade Association to review the stories that made news in organic in 2019. We'll review the most compelling issues and discuss tips and resources for representing organic and your brand accurately in the media. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

Event Type: 
- 2:00pm


Monday, December 9, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

BevNet LIVE is taking place December 9-10 in Santa Monica, CA. 

The December 9th and 10th program is curated around the current trends and challenges beverage companies are facing. It also looks at the bigger picture, reflecting on the industry’s 2019 activity and taking a look at innovation to come. Leading the discussions and providing the takeaways are industry innovators, thought leaders and veterans who have their finger on the pulse.

Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulator & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be collectively staffing a booth with Organc Trade Association member Brookside Flavors and Ingredients - ready to answer questions about the benefits of organic, the benefits of membership with the Organic Trade Association and the new requirements to use organic flavors! For more information, contact Gwendolyn Wyard



9:00am to 5:00pm
Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting [Phone Conference]

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place via phone conference on December 11, 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

Meeting Information:

December 11, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST. 

Phone Conference 

Event Type: 
- 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Webinar: Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

Webinar: Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 1:00pm

It was a busy year for organic in Washington. Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, will discuss important advancements for organic, provide Farm Bill  implementation updates, child nutrition, Continuous Improvement in Organic Standards, and more. We'll also look ahead to the 2020 legislative outlook and the upcoming election. Learn more about our Webinar series and how to register to attend.

Event Type: 
- 1:00pm