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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

February 2020

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Georgia Organics Annual Conference

Georgia Organics Annual Conference

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Georgia Organics Annual Conference is taking place February 7-8, 2020 in Athens, GA. The annual Georgia Organics Conference & Expo is about fostering community – a community of farmers on the path toward prosperity, and a community of Georgians interested in supporting healthier foods, farms, and families. As we move our conference around the state, we help grow a united good food movement. We learn and share challenges and solutions, and we showcase and celebrate the transformational work of the people in our movement.

Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking on the following panel at the Conference. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

Really Really Organic: the Next Generation of Labels | Friday, February 7, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Dr. Andrew Smith, Rodale Institute; Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association; Linley Dixon, Real Organic Project

Sustainably minded growers can now choose between several labels meant to convey how green the farm is, including Real Organic Project certification, USDA Organic Certification, and Regenerative Organic Certification. Hear from members of the Rodale Institue, Organic Trade Association, and Real Organic Project on how and why these labels serve the eco-conscious grower, and consumer demand. This session is best for farmers, educators, good food advocates, and community organizers. Target Audience: Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Farmers.

Conference Information:

February 7-8, 2020

The Classics Center

Athens, GA

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BIOFACH

BIOFACH

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 5:00pm

BIOFACH, the world's leading trade fair for organic food, is taking place February 12-15, 2020 in Nuremberg, Germany. BIOFACH is the perfect opportunity for visiting professionals to meet organic producers from the organic market and be inspired by the sector’s latest trends.

Organic Trade Association will host 15 U.S. organic companies at BIOFACH, and will also participate in the following education sessions and meetings at the show: 

Organic Processing and Trade Association (OPTA) Workshop | Tuesday, February 11 | 2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Design Offices, Konigstorgraben 11
Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, and Senior Trade Advisor, Bob Anderson, will be participating in this pre-BioFach workshop and present outcomes from a recent residue testing project. 

Policy Day: The New EU Organic Regulation | Wednesday, February 12 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Hall St. Petersburg, NCC Ost
Updates and debate on the opportunities and the challenges of the new EU organic regulation which will enter into force in January 2021. The new rules will apply in the EU but worldwide as well, given the quantity and number of products imported. The panel will be composed of policymakers and representatives of the organic sector. Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

North American Market Update | Thursday, February 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | St. Petersburg, NCC Ost
The market develops dynamically. Organic 3.0 postulates further growth, inclusiveness and orientation towards a more differentiated sustainability products market. We deepen the market information from the IFOAM & OI/FiBL statistics book and reflect about trends and strategic market positioning. Expect a special look at growth forecasts and developments from a finance and banking perspective. Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

Fraud, Gaps, and Loopholes: Private and Public Counteractions and Enforcement | Thursday, February 13 | 1:00 p.m - 2:45 p.m. | St. Petersburg, NCC Ost
Despite all efforts to improve the regulatory system and components of the organic guarantee, fraud is ongoing. Technologies and tools for improving, if not solving, the core problems are available. It needs a dedicated analysis and discussion about actions to change our approach. Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be presenting. 

Harmonization of Consumer Data | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Oslo, NCC Ost
An initiative has been started with the aim to harmonise organic consumer data collection at the international level to improve the visibility and comparability of national organic consumer data. Data collection concepts at national level will be presented same as concepts of international approaches. The session will close with a discussion on harmonisation opportunities. Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, will be speaking in this session. 

EU and USDA Changes in the Regulation for Trade and Processing | Thursday, February 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | Istanbul, NCC Ost
EU and USDA are fully acting on new organic regulation requirements for certification, import-export, extra measures for organic integrity. How does it work out for international trade and processing? What about consequences for equivalence between EU and USDA? And what is the private sector developing to improve integrity of international organic supply. Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be speaking in this session. 

Challenges for 100% Organic in EU: The Burden of Unharmonised Residue Handling | Friday, February 14 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | St. Petersburg, NCC Ost
A general introduction on the market-developments and perspectives of organic by prof Hamm of Kassel University and a detailed look to the challenge of integrity in organic (with a close look to the residue topic) by specialist from research, CB's and companies. Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking in this session. 

U.S. Regulatory Update: What's New for Companies Exporting to North America | Friday, February 14 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Istanbul, NCC Ost
This session will provide an overview of the organic regulatory framework and also discuss the Food Modernization Act (FSMA). Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be speaking in this session. 

U.S. - EU Stakeholder Meeting | Friday, February 14 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
This meeting is invite only, contact Alexis Carey for more information. 

Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, to learn more and connect at the show!

Trade Fair Information:

February 12-15, 2020 

Exhibition Centre Nuremberg

Nuremberg, Germany

8:00am to 5:00pm
 
 
 
 
 
GOTS Annual Meeting

GOTS Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Global Organic Textile Standard [GOTS] Annual Meeting is taking place February 15-19, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, is a member of the GOTS Standards Committee and will be attending the Committee meeting on Monday, February 17. Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwenodlyn Wyard, is a member of the GOTS Advisory Council and will be attending the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 19. 

The GOTS Annual Meeting is invite only and not open to the public. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard for additional information. 

 

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GOTS Annual Meeting

GOTS Annual Meeting

Saturday, February 15, 2020 - 8:00am to Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Global Organic Textile Standard [GOTS] Annual Meeting is taking place February 15-19, 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Organic Trade Association's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, is a member of the GOTS Standards Committee and will be attending the Committee meeting on Monday, February 17. Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Gwenodlyn Wyard, is a member of the GOTS Advisory Council and will be attending the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 19. 

The GOTS Annual Meeting is invite only and not open to the public. Contact Gwendolyn Wyard for additional information. 

 

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Gulfood

Gulfood

Sunday, February 16, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 5:00pm

Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade exhibition, is coming back for its 25th edition with major alliance breakthroughs and multibillion-dollar export deals. Gulfood is taking place February 16-20, 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

Organic Trade Association will host 6 U.S. organic companies at the tradeshow. These spaces are already filled for 2020. Contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, to learn more and connect at the show!

Tradeshow Information:

February 16-20, 2020

Dubai World Trade Center

Dubai, UAE

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MOSES Organic Farming Conference

MOSES Organic Farming Conference

Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 8:00am to Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 5:00pm

The MOSES Organic Farming Conference will be taking place February 27-29, 2020 in La Crosse, WI. 

The MOSES Conference is the place where people who have a passion for good food and good-for-the-Earth farming have gathered here to share ideas, discover new resources, and feel supported in their work. However you fit into the organic, sustainable, regenerative movement, you are welcome at MOSES—this event is common ground.

Organic Trade Association's Dairy Council Members will be presenting the following workshop during MOSES: 

Federal & State Support for Organic Dairy | Saturday, February 29 | Workshop Session III | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Organic dairy, along with the broader dairy economy, has faced financial strain in recent years. We’ll explore programs offered at the federal and state levels for organic dairy and encourage producers to share suggestions to make federal and state program offerings more useful for them. Our conversation will focus primarily on commodity, risk management, data collection, and cropping safeguards that organic dairy farmers might use.

Contact Organic Trade Association's Director of Legistlative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, for more information on the Dairy Council or this workshop taking place at MOSES. 

Conference Information:

February 27-29, 2020

La Crosse, WI

8:00am to 5:00pm