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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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April 2020

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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Forum: Financial Stimulus Options and Cash Management Strategies

WEBINAR: COVID-19 Forum: Financial Stimulus Options and Cash Management Strategies

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Small Business Administration established several new programs designed to provide financial relief to small businesses, co-ops, non-profits and farms. Organic Trade Association members are invited to a free webinar and forum to learn more about the programs – including the new Paycheck Protection Program. The program will be held next Tuesday, April 7th at 2:00 Eastern.

Who qualifies, how to access the funds, and more will be detailed by Michael Stein, an attorney on the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee who helped draft the Act. We’ll also hear from global accounting firm Marcum about risk and cash management strategies for business. There will be ample time for Q&A, and an opportunity for members to exchange information about what they are experiencing during the crisis, and how their businesses are committing to assist. This is the first in a biweekly series of Forums for OTA members to learn and exchange information during the COVID-19 crisis.

REGISTER HERE. For more information contact Angela Jagiello.

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WEBINAR: Organic Voices Campaign Update

WEBINAR: Organic Voices Campaign Update

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Join Organic Voices for an update with Gary Hirshberg and team on their Skip the Chemicals campaign launched in October. "The world's most skippable ad" had unprecedented online engagement - hear about the success of the campaign along with Only Organic's plans for 2020! You’ll also hear about progress on other projects made possible through GRO Organic’s collaborative industry support – soil health, technical assistance for organic growers, and consumer messaging.

Presenters:

  • Gary Hirshberg, Chairman, Organic Voices
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education + Insights, Organic Trade Association
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • More to be announced!

Contact Katrina Staves to register!

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- 2:00pm to 3:15pm
 
 
WEBINAR - COVID-19 Forum: Financial Relief for Farmers

WEBINAR - COVID-19 Forum: Financial Relief for Farmers

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Our next COVID-19 forum is for farmers, ranchers, and producers to learn about new and existing aid programs designed specifically to assist them. Join us as we hear from Katie Naessens, Senior Professional Staff at the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, who will discuss the provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designed to benefit agricultural operations. We’ll also learn about administrative actions USDA has taken to provide relief for farmers, how it will implement the CARES Act, and what existing programs farmers can be accessing at this time. 

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  • Katie Naessens, Senior Professional Staff, United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • More to be announced

REGISTER

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WEBINAR: The Organic Center Presents: Building Soil Health in Organic Systems

WEBINAR: The Organic Center Presents: Building Soil Health in Organic Systems

Friday, April 17, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Healthy soils are essential for resilient crop production and supporting our ecosystem. Unfortunately, soils in the United States are being degraded by unsustainable agricultural practices. Techniques used by organic farmers can help stop soil health degradation, or even restore soil health in previously degraded soils, because they replenish soil organic carbon and preserve underground biodiversity. However, the specific impacts of organic practices on soil health are not well understood.  Broad surveys of soil health comparing organic and conventional systems consistently show the benefits of organic farming, but rarely compare strategies within organic systems to understand where these benefits arise, or how they can be maximized. This webinar will look at new research on the benefits of organic farming to soil health and climate change mitigation, and specific organic soil-building practices to illuminate strategies that have the biggest impacts on soil health.

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  • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • Kate Tully, PhD, Assistant Professor of Agroecology, University of Maryland

REGISTER

*Open to all

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WEBINAR: GOTS Version 6.0 and the U.S. Market

WEBINAR: GOTS Version 6.0 and the U.S. Market

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Join the Organic Trade Association for a discussion on the recent release of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Version 6.0. In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll discuss an overview of organic labeling of fiber and textiles in the U.S., review the current market of GOTS in the United States, and provide an overview of GOTS including an update on the changes to the new version. Our panel of experts will help your organization prepare for the implementation of changes and answer your questions.

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  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
  • Rahul Bhajekar, Managing Director, Global Organic Textile Standard
  • Lori Wyman, North American Representative, Global Organic Textile Standard

REGISTER!

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NOSB Spring Meeting - Live Online!

NOSB Spring Meeting - Live Online!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 - 9:00am to Thursday, April 30, 2020 - 5:00pm

Update: The Spring 2020 NOSB Meeting will be held live online, instead of in-person.

The Spring 2020 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Meeting will be April 29-30 via webinar. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is April 3 at midnight Eastern.

The primary purpose of NOSB meetings is to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to give feedback on proposed NOSB recommendations and discussion items. The meetings also allow NOSB to receive updates from USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) on issues pertaining to organic agriculture.

REVIEW: Read our Summary of NOSB Meeting Materials for the Spring 2020 Meeting

WEIGH-IN: Use our Sunset Surveys to provide feedback on over 50 inputs under sunset review

SIGN-UP: Register to give webinar comments by April 3rd

COMMENT: Submit your written comments by April 3rd

WATCH: Watch the live online meeting on April 29-30

9:00am to 5:00pm