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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
  • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Board Meeting

    Organic Trade Association Board Meeting

    Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Board Meeting will take place on August 19, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm 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.

    The Organic Trade Association Board Meeting will take place on August 19, 2020 from 9:00am - 4:00pm EST.  The OTA Board of Directors typically meets as a full Board at least four times a ...
  • Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
    WEBINAR: U.S. Climate Policy & Organic Agriculture

    WEBINAR: U.S. Climate Policy & Organic Agriculture

    Thursday, August 27, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
    The second in Organic Trade Association’s summer Webinar series on climate change will begin with a scientific grounding in the connections between organic practices and associated increases in soil carbon, and reductions in nitrogen pollution. From there, members of the trade association’s Board of Directors will share news about the Board’s recent work on policy recommendations to support organic as a key to mitigating climate change. Panelists will discuss legislation introduced in the U.S. House and Senate that prioritizes agricultural solutions, as well as a new report from the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.
    • Esteemed Presenters:
    • Megan DeBates, Organic Trade Association (discussion leader)
    • Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Organic
    • Avi Garbow, Patagonia Works
    • Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center

    Complimentary to OTA members
    Not-yet member registrations: $149

    REGISTER NOW

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    The second in Organic Trade Association’s summer Webinar series on climate change will begin with a scientific grounding in the connections between organic practices and associated increases in soil...
  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm
    Virtual Produce Trade Mission

    Virtual Produce Trade Mission

    Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association is excited to announce its first set of Virtual Trade Missions! 

    Our first virtual trade event will be held on September 1st, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm ET, and will feature organic produce buyers from across Asia, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Hong Kong.

    OTA will arrange 1 on 1 virtual meetings for you with buyers from these countries that are interested in your products. OTA does not guarantee the number of meetings you will have during this activity.To participate in these meetings, you will need to fill out your supplier information in the online registration form, download or access Adobe Connect, and agree to be present online for the duration of your meetings (though they may not take up the entire 4-hour block). Registration is $75.00 per company for OTA to register you with the online platform and schedule meetings for you with interested companies. You will receive buyer profiles of the participating companies including contact information prior to your meetings. You must agree to fill out an evaluation form following the activity, which will be emailed to you right after the event.

    REGISTER HERE - Registration will close after August 14th. 

    For all USDA MAP programs, all of the products you promote must be USDA certified organic, produced in the USA, and made of 51% or more of U.S. based ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  This is the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for Organic Trade Association activities.  All supplier participants must complete Organic Trade Association’s onsite evaluation and a 6 month follow-up evaluation.

    For any questions, please contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager. 

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    The Organic Trade Association is excited to announce its first set of Virtual Trade Missions!  Our first virtual trade event will be held on September 1st, from 7:00pm - 11:00pm ET, and will f...
  • Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
    WEBINAR: Weathering the Economic Storm

    WEBINAR: Weathering the Economic Storm

    Thursday, September 3, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

    While many organic businesses have seen record demand during the COVID-19 crisis, others – particularly smaller companies, and those operating outside major categories – have struggled as retailers doubled down on entrenched brands, and shoppers all but ceased browsing. Our panel of experts will discuss the evolving market dynamics, provide guidance and explore solutions for entrepreneurial businesses. We will also share an update on available stimulus options for organic small companies. 

    • Esteemed Panelists:
    • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs & Coalitions | Organic Trade Association
    • Gary Hirshberg, Founder | Hirshberg Entrepreneurship Institute
    • Erin Raese, Vice President of Marketing | SPINS
    • Michael Wall, Director of Farmer Services | Georgia Organics 
    • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights | Organic Trade Association (discussion leader)

    REGISTER

    Complimentary to OTA members 
    Not-yet member registrations: $149

    This webinar will be recorded. Register to be updated when the recording is available. 

    Registration closes at 2 pm Eastern. If you register after 2 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 24 hours of its completion. 

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    While many organic businesses have seen record demand during the COVID-19 crisis, others – particularly smaller companies, and those operating outside major categories – have struggled as retailer...
  • Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 11:00pm
    Virtual Processed Products Trade Mission

    Virtual Processed Products Trade Mission

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00am to Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 11:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association is excited to announce its first set of Virtual Trade Missions. Our second virtual trade event will be held over two days, and will feature organic buyers from across Asia, Europe, and the U.A.E. These virtual meetings will take place over the course of two days as follows:

    Tuesday, September 22 | 10:00am-2:00pm ET (with European and U.A.E. buyers)

    Wednesday, September 23 | 7:00pm - 11:00pm ET (with Asia buyers)

    OTA will arrange 1 on 1 virtual meetings for you with buyers from these countries that are interested in your products. OTA does not guarantee the number of meetings you will have during this activity. To participate in these meetings, you will need to fill out the supplier information requested in this registration form, download or access Adobe Connect, and agree to be present online for the duration of your meetings (though they may not take up the entire 4-hour block). Registration is $75.00 per company for OTA to register you with the online platform and schedule meetings for you with interested companies. You will receive buyer profiles of the participating companies including contact information prior to your meetings. You must agree to fill out an evaluation form following the activity, which will be emailed to you right after the event. 

    REGISTER HERE - Registration will close after August 14th. 

    For all USDA MAP programs, all of the products you promote must be USDA certified organic, produced in the USA, and made of 51% or more of U.S. based ingredients either by value (cost of the ingredients) or volume (against overall weight of the product).  This is the federal USDA regulation for participation and part of declaration you agree to when signing up for Organic Trade Association activities.  All supplier participants must complete Organic Trade Association’s online evaluation following the activity and a 6 month follow-up evaluation. All participants must also agree to be available online for the entire meeting window. 

    For any questions please contact Alexis Carey, Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager. 

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    The Organic Trade Association is excited to announce its first set of Virtual Trade Missions. Our second virtual trade event will be held over two days, and will feature organic buyers from across Asi...
  • Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 5:00pm
    SIAL Canada

    SIAL Canada

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 8:00am to Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 5:00pm

     SIAL Canada, originally scheduled for April 15-17, 2020, has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will now take place September 29, 2020 - October 1, 2020 in Montreal, Canada. SIAL Canada is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with more than 1,000 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries hosting over 18,500 buyers from Canada, the U.S., and 60 other countries. SIAL Canada is the only national trade show that offers a complete range of food products under one roof to meet your customers’ expectations. Whether you work in the retail, catering or food processing industry, or you’re simply looking for new and innovative products or regional specialties from around the world, you’ll find exactly what you need right here.

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a pavilion of U.S. organic companies at the show. The registration fee for new exhibitors is $600, and $800 for return participants. Because we have limited space at this event, each application is subject to approval. Participation is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please note only processed product / ingredient suppliers will be accepted for this show. Contact Organic Trade Association's International Trade Manager, Alexis Carey, for additional information if you are interested in participating. 

    Your registration fee includes:

    (1) round trip economy flight to Montreal (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,
    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 the participants' own expense.

     SIAL Canada, originally scheduled for April 15-17, 2020, has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will now take place September 29, 2020 - October 1, 2020 in Montreal, Canada. ...
  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm
    NOSB Fall Meeting

    NOSB Fall Meeting

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - 8:30am to Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 6:00pm

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place ONLINE October 27-29, 2020! This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in-person, but was transitioned to a virtual event due to Covid-19.

    The NOSB will meet to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List), substances due to sunset from the National List in 2022, and recommendations on organic policies.

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) typically meets twice per year in various locations around the United States. During meetings, the NOSB listens to public comments, discusses agenda items, and then votes on recommendations to the Secretary in a public forum. Detailed meeting information, including agendas, locations, proposals, and public comments, will be posted below as it becomes available. For information on previous meetings, visit the NOSB meetings page.

    Organic Trade Association's VP of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Gwendolyn Wyard, will be attending the meeting and submitting written and oral recommendations to the NOSB on behalf of Organic Trade Assocation Members. For more information or to connect at the meeting, contact Gwendolyn Wyard.

    Meeting Information:

    October 27-29, 2020

    ONLINE VIRTUAL EVENT 

    The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Fall Meeting will be taking place ONLINE October 27-29, 2020! This meeting was originally scheduled to take place in-person, but was transiti...
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:00am
    VIRTUAL Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    VIRTUAL Western Organic Dairy Producers Alliance (WODPA) Annual Conference

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 9:00am

     

    LOCATION: Virtual! Hosted on Zoom. 

    Meeting Agenda and registration page coming soon, contact us if you're interested in tuning in! 

    Featured Presenters Include:

    • National Organic Program, Dr. Jennifer Tucker
    • National Organic Coalition, Ms. Abby Youngblood
    • Organic Trade Association, Ms. Megan DeBates 

     

      LOCATION: Virtual! Hosted on Zoom.  Meeting Agenda and registration page coming soon, contact us if you're interested in tuning in!  Featured Presenters Include: Nation...
  • Monday, April 26, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Organic Week D.C.

    Organic Week D.C.

    Monday, April 26, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Join us for our signature policymaking event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. at the Intercontinental at the Wharf on D.C.'s waterfront for three days of advocacy and countless connections.

    April 26-28, 2021 | INTERCONTINENTAL - AT THE WHARF ON D.C.’s WATERFRONT

    THREE DAYS. ONE LOCATION. COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS.

    We have to plan for a successful organic future and we need you involved! This is a critical time for the organic sector. The Organic Trade Association’s Organic Week in Washington, D.C. is all about the future of organic. Join us for 72-hours in the nation’s capital to work on solutions for the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. We will focus on continuous improvement in organic, celebrate organic leaders, and lay the groundwork to advance organic policy priorities. 

    The Organic Trade Association’s unprecedented partnership with Food Tank promises to bring to the forefront the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. You’ll learn what’s really at stake and how to help shape decisions made in Washington that directly impact organic. Organic Week is a place of discovery, collaboration and advocacy for farmers to retailers and everyone in between looking for clarity on what’s happening now and how to prepare for the future.

    THREE DAYS

    Day 1 will have you rolling up your sleeves and finding solutions (Monday April 26, 2021)
    MEMBER DAY starts with a workshop on repairing the public-private partnership and advancing continuous improvement in organic. It’s been 30 years since Congress passed the law that established the national organic program. What should the future of organic look like for the next 30 years? A day of roundtable discussions and thought provoking breakouts will be finished off by a networking reception and celebratory dinner honoring our inspirational Leadership Award winners.

    Day 2 will leave you inspired (Tuesday April 27, 2021)
    CONFERENCE DAY, in partnership with Food Tank, will deliver a powerful collaboration that promises to bring to the forefront the complex issues surrounding organic food and farming. It will facilitate open and thoughtful discussions by organic industry leaders, policy experts, organic farmers, retailers and everyone in between looking for clarity on what’s happening now, how to prepare for the future and how to continue advancing organic. This is the first Food Tank summit focused exclusively on organic agriculture.

    Day 3 will have you on your feet (Wednesday April 28, 2021)
    ADVOCACY DAY is a meaningful way to lend your voice and help educate the nation’s top policymakers on the importance of organic. Members will work in small teams to attend hundreds of pre-scheduled meetings across Capitol Hill. We’ll toast a full day of advocating for organic with cocktails and appetizers, side by side with policy makers, during our Congressional Reception.

    Monday’s Member Day workshops and Wednesday’s Advocacy Day meetings are offered exclusively to Organic Trade Association Members. To learn more about the many benefits of membership contact the Organic Trade Association.

    ONE LOCATION

    The InterContinental at the Wharf in Washington, D.C. is the Organic Week headquarters hotel where all activities will be based. Book our Residency Package to enhance your opportunities to meet with colleagues, share experiences and enjoy the convenience of one central location (that’s right, no Uber’s needed).

    Ranked #1 on Conde Nast Traveler's best D.C. hotels, the InterContinental is located on the Potomac River with incredible views in D.C.’s recently revitalized Southwest waterfront promenade. Organic Week attendees will settle in to this beautiful location to learn together and work together.  You will be steps away from award winning restaurants and bars, recreational activities, a newly opened concert hall and D.C.’s original fish market. When you book the Organic Week Residency Package, you get luxurious accommodations and tremendous convenience. All workshops, meetings, and conference sessions will be held on-site, making it easy to return to your room for breaks (or work).

    The Organic Week Residency Package gives you the VIP experience and full access to: Member Day Workshops + Leadership Awards Dinner + Annual Membership Meeting + Conference Day + Advocacy Day + Congressional Reception + 4 nights’ at the InterContinental + all organic food and beverage.

    COUNTLESS CONNECTIONS

    Organic Week in Washington D.C. is a one of a kind opportunity to gain strategic insights, new advocacy tools and valuable personal connections. There will be countless opportunities for connecting with attendees and sponsors whether at the rooftop pool, the hotel bar, or during our exclusive networking breakfasts. Join us for the event that unites the entire organic sector to take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities.

    Interested in sponsorship? Contact Cassandra Christine, Organic Trade Association's Director of Industry Relations, to learn more about Organic Week 2020 sponsorship opportunities. 

     

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    Join us for our signature policymaking event, Organic Week in Washington, D.C. at the Intercontinental at the Wharf on D.C.'s waterfront for three days of advocacy and countless connections....
  • Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, September 10, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Organic World Congress

    Organic World Congress

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, September 10, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place September 8-10, 2021 in Rennes, France. 

    The organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest organic gathering, every three years. Drawing from the motto, ‘From its Roots, Organic Inspires Life‘, OWC 2021 will aim to provide organic and likeminded stakeholders working toward sustainable agriculture, value chains, and consumption with an opportunity to exchange their knowledge, innovations, and experiences. The congress offers momentum and inspiration to all who take part and is seen as a leading event for the global organic sector.

    Organic Trade Association staff will be attending the Organic World Congress, as well as participating in some of the sessions. Check back soon for more details on session topics! 

    For more informatoin, contact Angela Jagiello, Organic Trade Association's Director of Education & Insights. 

    The Organic World Congress (OWC) is taking place September 8-10, 2021 in Rennes, France.  The organic sector assembles to host the Organic World Congress (OWC), the world’s largest orga...