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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

March 2020

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Buyers Mission at Expo West

Buyers Mission at Expo West

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:30am to Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:30pm

Register now for the Reverse Buyer’s Mission at Expo West! The show will take place March 4-6 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Organic Trade Association is partnering with Food Export Midwest to bring a diverse set of buyers to the show from around the world.  Buyer profiles are available for you to review. We will be organizing one-on-one meetings with the buyers on March 4-5 during the day. Participating countries include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, the U.A.E, the U.K. and more. The cost to participate is $150, and the deadline to sign up is this Friday, January 31.

Event Type: 
7:30am to 6:30pm
Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo West

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are looking forward to a number of opportunities to bring people together for business, networking, and socializing at Natural Products Expo West, taking place March 3-7, 2020 in Anaheim, CA. 

The Organic Center’s 17th Annual Benefit Dinner
March 4, 2020  |  6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. | Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom 

Join us for the The Organic Center's 17th Annual Benefit Dinner, the biggest all-organic and premier executive-level networking event at Natural Products Expo West!

Dr. Tyrone Hayes, groundbreaking biologist and activist, will keynote this incredible evening. Hayes doesn’t try to fit into the general mold of a university scientist, and it’s this uniqueness, force of personality, and his deep passion and knowledge about his work that have attracted a national following, inside and outside of the academic scientific community.

Chef Megan Mitchell wowed us last year with her contemporary cuisine and she’s cooking up something special for this year’s 500+ guests. The menu features herbed cheese puffs, curried squash soup, braised short ribs, tofu gnocchi, mushroom bolognese, spicy kale, and more, all made with delicious organic ingredients! Save room for lemon pies, coconut salted caramel pudding, and your choice of organic beer, wine, or cocktails!

Individual tickets are still available for $295, reserve your seat now! For multiple guests to be seated together, we recommend reserving a VIP table.

Our generous event sponsors have provided some amazing gifts that will be given to a few lucky attendees! How does an organic cotton mattress, a year's supply of organic snacks, or roundtrip airfare to Australia sound? What about a selection of organic wines, or an organic spice collection? Your ticket purchase enters you to win. Learn more!

Foreign Buyers’ Mission Meetings
March 4-5, 2020 | Anaheim Convention Center 

The Organic Trade Association will again partner with Food Export Midwest to bring a diverse set of buyers to Expo West from around the world. We will be organizing 1 on 1 meetings for U.S. organic companies with buyers from a variety of foreign markets. Meetings will take place on March 4 - 5 in the Anaheim Convention Center. For more information on this Buyers Mission and OTA's other international activities, contact Alexis Carey.

Climate Day Tabletop
March 3, 2020 | Marriott, Marquis Ballroom Central 

Join industry leaders at Climate Day for inspirational keynotes, breakout sessions, networking, awards, a community resource fair and a rockin’ reception! The Organic Center will have a table during Climate Day, stop by and see Amber Sciligo, The Organic Center's Associate Director of Science Programs. 

Organic Education at Expo West
The Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center will participate in the following education sessions and meetings happening at the show. 

How to Support Organic from Farm to Shelf | March 4, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. | Marriott, Grand Ballroom F
This session will shine a light on organic market growth and showcase the increasing value of being part of a growing organic ecosystem. Laura Batcha, Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, will be speaking during the "Reflections on Where We've Been & Where Organic Needs to Go" portion of this session. Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, will be speaking during the "Prioritizing Organic at Your Company" portion of the session. 

Global Export Series | March 4, 2020 | 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Anaheim Convention Center Room 204C
This is a five-part seminar series offered by the U.S. Commercial Service. Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, will be speaking during the "U.S. Organic Trade: International Market Opportunities & Trade Policy Updates" portion of this session taking place 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Join the Organic Trade Association for an overview of the U.S. organic market, including industry size, trending consumer categories, resources for international buyers and more. The session will share the latest industry stats and consumer insights and provide tools on how to access more information and connect with suppliers.

Sugar Task Force Meeting | March 5, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Invite Only 
Members of the Organic Trade Association's Sugar Task Force will host an in-person meeting in Anaheim, and other members will be able to dial-in by conference line to participate. For more information, contact Johanna Mirenda

Breakthrough Organic Consumer Messaging Workshop | March 5, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | Members Only, RSVP
Who is the organic shopper? What impacts their decision to purchase? How can a message map help you be targeted with diverse shoppers? What’s most important when talking about organic standards? What about climate change? These questions and more will be addressed in a free workshop for Organic Trade Association members in Anaheim on March 5 from 1-3 p.m. Pacific. The research, conducted through NMI, yielded a new level of understanding about today’s shoppers and the messaging they need strengthen their commitment to organic. The findings have been translated into a Consumer Messaging Workbook available to the full membership community. Join us in Anaheim, where we’ll dive into demographic findings, and learn about the most compelling ways to reach current and potential organic shoppers with your brand’s messaging. You won’t want to miss these insights – a benefit of your Trade Association membership! Space is limited. RSVP to Angela Jagiello.

Organic Voices Breakfast Meeting | March 6, 2020 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. | Invite Only

Understanding the Nutrition Science Driving Consumer Wellness & Product Trends | March 6, 2020 | 10:00 a.m. - 12: 30 a.m. | Marriott Grand Ballroom F
During this session, we’ll explore the latest on science-backed dietary recommendations, consumer nutrition trends and opportunities for using science-driven innovation to stay ahead of an evolving and informed marketplace. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will be speaking in this session. 

What’s new at OTA? Visit booth #1821 to learn more!
March 5-7, 2020  |  Anaheim Convention Center  | Booth #1821

Be sure to visit our booth and member lounge at the 2020 Natural Products Expo West trade show! Whether you are interested in discussing critical issues facing your organic business, checking out OTA’s global trade resources to help you expand your business overseas, or understanding what OTA is doing to elevate the footprint of organic on Capitol Hill, our knowledgeable staff is eager to connect with you. Contact Danielle Cote to setup a meeting with us at the show! 

9:00am to 5:00pm
Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting

Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Organic Trade Association Winter Board Meeting will take place on March 3, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PCT. The Board Meeting will be taking place in Anaheim, CA while the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors is in town for the Natural Products Expo West tradeshow. 

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:

March 3, 2020 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. PCT

Event Type: 
- 9:00am to 4:00pm
Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Meeting

Organic Association of Kentucky Annual Meeting

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 9:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 5:00pm

The Organic Association of Kentucky's 2020 Conference is taking place March 6-7, 2020 in Louisville, KY. This energized gathering is a must-attend for farmers, agriculture professionals, home gardeners and those passionate about building more resilient food systems in Kentucky. Conference sessions provide useful tools, techniques, research and knowledge you can put to use on the farm and fantastic opportunities for networking! The conference covers an array of organic production topics, regenerative agriculture, livestock management, marketing, homesteading and food systems change making. 

The Organic Center's Science Project Manager, Amber Sciligo, will be leading a workshop at the Conference titled "Climate Change: Mitigation and Adaptation with Organic Agriculture". This 90 minute session will take place on Sunday, March 7th from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

To learn more or connect at the Conference, contact Amber Sciligo

9:00am to 5:00pm
FoodEx Japan

FoodEx Japan

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:00am to Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:00pm

FoodEx Japan is taking place March 10-13, 2020 in Toyko, Japan. 

FOODEX JAPAN is the Asia's largest exhibition dedicated on food and drink across Japan and the whole world. Over the 4 days of the exhibition, about 85,000 buyers from food service, distribution, and trading companies are expected to attend.Attention will be given to the expansion of business opportunities domestically and internationally upon the activation of the TPP. Numerous buyers will also be attending from abroad, and business talks will be held with domestic and international manufacturers.

Organic Trade Association will be hosting a pavilion of 8 U.S. organic companies at the show. The registration fee for new exhibitors is $600 and for $1,000 for returning exhibitors. Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Register here! Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, for additional information. 

Participation includes: 

(1) round trip economy flight to Tokyo (booked through an Organic Trade Association travel agent),
(1) single hotel room for the duration of the activity,
(1) 1m table top counter display within the Organic Trade Association booth in the USA pavilion,
Logo screening and other marketing materials,
An interpreter shared among exhibitors,
and (1) group dinner and buyer dinner support.
Please note that all other expenses, such as meals, samples, shipping costs, and the cost to and from the airport, are at your own cost.

Organic Trade Association Pavilion Information:

FoodEx Japan
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Show Dates:  March 10th - March 13th
Arrive in Tokyo: March 8th
Depart Tokyo: March 14th

8:00am to 5:00pm
WEBINAR: Meet the Board Candidates

WEBINAR: Meet the Board Candidates

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members – representing more than 9,500 organic businesses throughout all portions of the supply chain. Board elections are a unique opportunity for our members to decide – one vote per member organization – the future leaders of the organization. Join us for this interactive Webinar to learn more about the process, and meet the eight candidates vying for the five open seats. 


  • Laura Batcha, Executive Director / CEO, Organic Trade Association
  • Ben Diesl, VP of Quality Assurance, Grimmway Farms / Cal-Organic


*Available to OTA members only.

Event Type: 
- 2:00pm to 3:00pm