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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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  • Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

    VIRTUAL Minnesota Organic Conference

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 4:00pm to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 conference will be taking place virtually January 7, 14, 21, 28, 2021. All sessions begin at 3:00 p.m. Central Time. Recordings will be available for one week following each session. Registration is $10 per session or $30 for all four. Click here for more information and to register! 

    The Organic Center's Dr. Amber Sciligo will be speaking about Soil Health on Organic Farms on January 28th at 4pmEST. Find more info on the full conference programming below! 

    January 7, 2021 - Back to the Future: Regenerative-Organic Food Production for Good Health

    • Bob Quinn, Ph.D., Organic Farmer, Entrepreneur, Author

    January 14, 2021 - The Connection Between Farm Ecosystem Health and Human Health

    • Silvia Abel-Caines, DVM, Ph.D., Organic Valley Ruminant Nutritionist

    January 21, 2021 - The Challenges of Our Times: Climate Change, COVID, and Organic Farm Viability

    • Carolyn Dimitri, Ph.D., New York University Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health
    • Andy Pressman, National Center for Appropriate Technology
    • Cristel Zoebisch, Organic Farming Research Foundation

    January 28, 2021 - Soil Health on Organic Farms

    • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., The Organic Center Science Program Manager
    The Minnesota Organic Conference, hosted annually by the Minnosota Department of Agriculture, is a conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. The 2021 con...
  • Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, January 29, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL GOPEX

    VIRTUAL GOPEX

    Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, January 29, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX) has been reinvented for 2021, offering organic fresh produce buyers and suppliers two chances to engage in this increasingly important segment of the industry. 

    GOPEX 2021 is taking place January 25-29, 2021 completely digitally. GOPEX Home will feature exciting and interactive entertainment, thought leadership from key industry professionals and a unique program that attendees and sponsors will be talking about all year. In addition to networking sessions that include a virtual escape room and a BYOP (Bring Your Own Pet) happy hour, the January 25-29 online event will offer the quality educational programming and BizMatch meetings for which GOPEX is well known. 

    Organic Trade Association will be presenting the following panel sessions during GOPEX Home in January: 

    • Finding Trends in Organic Numbers
      Panel Session: Tuesday, January 26, 2:00 - 2:45 EDT Networking / Discussion: 3:00-4:00 EDT
      Featuring: Angela Jagiello
       
    • The First 100 Days: An Industry Petition to the New Administration
      Panel Session: Thursday, January 28, 4:15-5:00pm EDT Networking / Discussion: 5:00-5:30 EST
      Featuring: Megan Debates

    A second, in-person event, GOPEX Go, will take place in August 2021, with dates and location to be announced soon. The event will feature a more intimate outdoor expo/golf tournament format for 100 of the most influential retail and wholesale buyers in organic fresh produce. The in-person event will include BizMatch meetings, exhibits and social activities that will deliver exclusive sponsorship opportunities and deeper connections among all participants. 

    If you are interested in connecting with Organic Trade Association at GOPEX, contact Angela Jagiello

    The Packer’s Global Organic Produce Expo (GOPEX) has been reinvented for 2021, offering organic fresh produce buyers and suppliers two chances to engage in this increasingly important segment of the...
  • Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Sustainable Foods Summit

    VIRTUAL Sustainable Foods Summit

    Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The pandemic is having a profound impact on the food industry. It has disrupted raw material supply chains, changed the way products are distributed, and the way food is bought and consumed. Learn about the sustainability implications of the coronavirus crisis at this new North American virtual edition of Sustainable Foods Summit

    The Sustainable Foods Summit will be hosted on an online platform January 25-28, 2021, the summit is comprised of four conference sessions:

    • Session One: Sustainability Update
    • Session Two: Food Ingredients
    • Session Three: Supply Chains
    • Session Four: Future of Sustainability Schemes

    Organic Trade Association is sponsoring the event, and OTA's Farm Policy Director, Johanna Mirenda, will be speaking on the morning of January 28th as a part of Session Four: Future of Sustainability Schemes. For more information, contact Angela Jagiello

    The pandemic is having a profound impact on the food industry. It has disrupted raw material supply chains, changed the way products are distributed, and the way food is bought and consumed. Learn abo...
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
    WEBINAR: Organic Newsbreaker Panel

    WEBINAR: Organic Newsbreaker Panel

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

    2020 was a year of unprecedented turmoil. It featured a global pandemic, resultant spikes in unemployment, climate related natural disasters, and widespread outcry for racial justice, and was capped off by a historic and bitterly contested election. As it pertained to organic, shopping patterns were upended, workforces were stretched, legislative and regulatory progress were halted, and organic products experienced unprecedented sales. What will the coming year hold for organic, and for the overall agricultural landscape? Join Organic Trade Association for a conversation with leading reporters on the issues and stories they will be tracking this year.  

    • Esteemed Panelists:
    • Laura Batcha, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director | Organic Trade Association
    • Spencer Chase, Managing Editor | Agri-Pulse
    • Elizabeth Crawford, Deputy Editor | FoodNavigator-USA
    • Gregg Hillyer, Editor In Chief | Progressive Farmer
    • Naomi Starkman, Founder & Editor-in-Chief | Civil Eats

    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 1 pm Eastern. If you register after 1 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 48 hours of its completion. 

    REGISTER NOW

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    2020 was a year of unprecedented turmoil. It featured a global pandemic, resultant spikes in unemployment, climate related natural disasters, and widespread outcry for racial justice, and was capped o...
  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
    Organic Trade Association Member Community Roundtable

    Organic Trade Association Member Community Roundtable

    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

    Join the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors on February 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern for an interactive presentation from member community representatives and a chance to connect to the conversations, issues, and actions impacting the organic sector.

    The organic supply chain is complex. It ranges from fruits and vegetables, from milk and grains, and from cotton and hemp, to a sophisticated range of consumer-ready products. The dedicated individuals and businesses behind these diverse offerings make up the Organic Trade Association membership. Driven by the desire to collaboratively work together to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities, a growing number of task forces, sector councils, and working groups provide an effective way for members of all types and sizes to engage in issues that matter across organic. The member community agendas are wide-ranging, from standards development to consumer education, from food safety to labeling issues, and from research priorities to climate change mitigation.

    During a virtual roundtable the Board will hear from council officers, task force volunteers, and expert staff about their annual workplans. Join us for this lively report-out and chance to engage in the work with your organic peers!

    This event is only open to Organic Trade Association members. Contact us if you're interested in attending! 

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    Join the Organic Trade Association Board of Directors on February 3, 2021 at 2 p.m. Eastern for an interactive presentation from member community representatives and a chance to connect to the convers...
  • Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
    International Briefing

    International Briefing

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

    2021 has brought a series of significant trade policy changes for businesses importing and exporting organic products. Join the Organic Trade Association’s international trade team for a member briefing on February 11 at 4 p.m. Eastern / 1 p.m. Pacific to discuss policy changes in the UK, EU, Mexico, India, and Canada that will impact your organic business.

    We’ll discuss the status of trade, the implications for organic, and what to expect next. We will also share more about our global promotion plans for 2021, and how you can get involved in our grant-funded marketing activities. The briefing will be interactive, with ample time for discussion and questions throughout. 

    This event is only open to Organic Trade Association Members. Contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager, to register! 

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    2021 has brought a series of significant trade policy changes for businesses importing and exporting organic products. Join the Organic Trade Association’s international trade team for a member brie...
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, February 19, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Biofach eSpecial

    Biofach eSpecial

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, February 19, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The trade fair duo BIOFACH and VIVANESS will take place February 17-19, 2021 completely digitally. BIOFACH is the place where people share their passionate interest in organic food, get to know each other and exchange views, since 1990.

    Although we will not be traveling together to Nuremburg, OTA is offering virtual exhibition opportunities in the online OTA and USDA booth! OTA will cover the costs of a STANDARD virtual booth package (value of 2,350 euros), which includes:

    • Company profile, description, logo, contact info
    • 3 pdf uploads, 1 video upload, 10 image uploads
    • 10 exhibitor passes, 20 visitor passes for your contacts
    • Up to 10 product listings
    • Digital matchmaking
    • Standard lead list of your generated contacts
    • Participation in Biofach congress

    REGISTER HERE!

    USDA will be working with OTA companies to help arrange meetings with qualified contacts. The Biofach virtual show organizers are working to ensure qualified buyers attend the virtual event. OTA will work with you to help get your virtual booth set up and direct buyers to you during the show. OTA sponsorship will be available for a limited amount of companies, on a first come, first serve basis, so early signups are encouraged! Please direct any questions to Alexis Carey at acarey@ota.com

    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. 

    The trade fair duo BIOFACH and VIVANESS will take place February 17-19, 2021 completely digitally. BIOFACH is the place where people share their passionate interest in organic food, get to know e...
  • Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
    VIRTUAL Agriculture Outlook Forum

    VIRTUAL Agriculture Outlook Forum

    Friday, February 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

    USDA's 97th Agriculture Outlook Forum will be taking place virtually February 18-19, 2021. This virtual Forum is free to attend, and the theme for this year is Building on Innovation: A Pathway to Resilience.

    Organic Trade Association's CEO/Executive Director, Laura Batcha, will be a featured speaker at the forum, discussing the Effects of COVID-19 on Organic Producers. The session will take place on February 19th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. EST followed by a 30-minute live Q&A.

    Organic Outlook | February 19, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EST

    Moderator: Mark Lipson
    Speakers: Andrea Carlson - Two decades of U.S. organic market trends: new evidence from NASS data
                      Mathieu Ngouagio - NIFA organic research trends and new initiatives
                      Laura Batcha - The pandemic and shifting organic consumption and supply chain patterns

    Learn more and register here!

     

    USDA's 97th Agriculture Outlook Forum will be taking place virtually February 18-19, 2021. This virtual Forum is free to attend, and the theme for this year is Building on Innovation: A Path...
  • Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Gulfood

    Gulfood

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Gulfood will be taking place February 21-25, 2021 in Dubai. This edition Gulfood will equip the entire food industry to prepare for the inevitable changes and surge of demand that have bestowed upon us rapidly - online and at the event. 

    Organic Trade Association will host an organic pavilion at the show for 6 U.S. organic companies. The exhibit space in this pavilion has already been filled. If you are interested in learning more in case space becomes available, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Gulfood will be taking place February 21-25, 2021 in Dubai. This edition Gulfood will equip the entire food industry to prepare for the inevitable changes and surge of demand that have bestowed upon u...
  • Monday, February 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL MOSES Conference: Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming

    VIRTUAL MOSES Conference: Growing Stronger Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming

    Monday, February 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, February 27, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The 2021 MOSES Conference will be a 5-in-1 virtual event taking place February 22-27, 2021, in partnership with GrassWorks, Iowa Organic Association, OGRAIN, the University of Wisconsin, and Fairshare CSA Coalition.

    The theme for the 2020 MOSES Conference is Growing Stronger: Collaborative Conference on Organic & Sustainable Farming. Learn the latest on organic and sustainable production during the 5-in-1 virtual event that combines the MOSES Organic Farming Conference, GrassWorks Grazing Conference, OGRAIN Organic Grain Conference, Midwest Organic Pork Conference, and Organic Vegetable Production Conference. With more than 60 workshops and opportunities to connect through roundtables on food system and farming issues, and more than 70 exhibitors, this event has the content you need to make critical decisions for your farm. Learn more! 

    The Organic Center's Dr. Jessica Shade will be speaking in a session called Building Soil Health in Organic Systems - stay tuned for more info coming soon! 

     

    The 2021 MOSES Conference will be a 5-in-1 virtual event taking place February 22-27, 2021, in partnership with GrassWorks, Iowa Organic Association, OGRAIN, the University of Wisconsin, and Fairshare...
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In

    Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) Fly-In

    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) will be hosting their annual fly-in virtually on February 23 and 24. Organic farmers and regional farm organizations from across the country will meet with members of Congress and USDA to discuss issues of importance including advancing organic standards, fighting climate change, and ensuring organic farmers get adequate support in federal COVID relief efforts.  This event elevates the voice of farmers to our nation’s policymakers, particularly in a moment of Presidential transition. Participants will have an opportunity to welcome the new Biden administration and new Congress to educate them on the importance of organic to U.S. agriculture and our communities and amplify policy priorities identified by FAC.

    For more information on, or to register for, the 2021 Virtual FAC Fly-In, contact the Organic Trade Association's Policy Associate, Ben Knuth

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    The Organic Trade Association Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) will be hosting their annual fly-in virtually on February 23 and 24. Organic farmers and regional farm organizations from across the countr...
  • Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, March 12, 2021 - 5:00pm
    FOODEX Japan

    FOODEX Japan

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, March 12, 2021 - 5:00pm

    FOODEX Japan is taking place March 9-12, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Over 80,000 qualified Japanese traders,wholesalers, retailers and food service buyers will attend.

    Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion of 5-6 U.S. organic companies at the show. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    FOODEX Japan is taking place March 9-12, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Over 80,000 qualified Japanese traders,wholesalers, retailers and food service buyers will attend. Organic Trade Association will...
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Trade Mission for Ingredients

    VIRTUAL Trade Mission for Ingredients

    Monday, March 22, 2021 - 8:00am to Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association will host a virtual trade event dedicated to organic food ingredients March 22-24, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, but please note that some meetings could take place outside of these regular business hours to accommodate buyer time zones.

    As a result of member feedback, invited buyers will participate from countries across Asia, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore. Ingredients with best prospects for this trade mission include: raw grains, pulses, dairy ingredients, processed fruits and vegetables (frozen, dried, powder, juices, or concentrates), nuts, oils, organic food additives, and bakery items.


    The cost to participate is $75 per company for OTA to register you with the online platform and schedule meetings for you with interested buyers. You will receive profiles of the participating buyers including contact information prior to your meetings. Please note we will be scheduling meetings based on buyer preferences and time zones, and your meetings could be held outside regular business hours. 

    Contact Alexis Carey, OTA's International Trade Manager, if you have questions. Click here to register! 

    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. 

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    The Organic Trade Association will host a virtual trade event dedicated to organic food ingredients March 22-24, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, but please note that some mee...
  • Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
    VIRTUAL Buyers Mission: Healthy, Natural, and Organic Products

    VIRTUAL Buyers Mission: Healthy, Natural, and Organic Products

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 8:00am to Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Trade Association and Food Export are planning a virtual buyers mission in place of the event we typically host at Expo West, to take place April 13-15, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST, but please note that some meetings could take place outside of these regular business hours to accommodate buyer time zones. While we would love to host the event in person at Expo West, we aren’t confident international travel will have resumed in time to host the wide range of buyers we typically bring to the show. 

    Buyers from around the world will participate, and companies have been invited from South America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Kuwait, the U.A.E, the U.K. , and more! Buyer profiles will be available soon.


    The cost to participate is $75 per company for OTA to register you with the online platform and schedule meetings for you with interested buyers. You will receive profiles of the participating buyers including contact information prior to your meetings. Please note we will be scheduling meetings based on buyer preferences and time zones, and meetings could occur outside of regular business hours. 

    Contact Alexis Carey, OTA's International Trade Manager, if you have questions. Click here to register! 

    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. 

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    The Organic Trade Association and Food Export are planning a virtual buyers mission in place of the event we typically host at Expo West, to take place April 13-15, 2021. Meetings will take place 8:00...
  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm
    NOSB Spring Meeting

    NOSB Spring Meeting

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 8:30am to Friday, April 30, 2021 - 6:00pm

    The NOSB will meet April 28-30, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia, 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 2023, 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:

    The Westin Crystal City
    1800 Richmond Highway
    Arlington, Virginia 22202

    The NOSB will meet April 28-30, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia, to discuss substances petitioned for addition to or deletion from the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National Lis...
  • Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Trade Mission to Australia & New Zealand

    Trade Mission to Australia & New Zealand

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand, taking place May 4-6, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

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    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Australia and New Zealand, taking place May 4-6, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those ...
  • Monday, May 24, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo West

    Natural Products Expo West

    Monday, May 24, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place May 24-27, 2021. Natural Products Products Expo West has proven itself to be the best place to reach natural, organic and healthy lifestyle buyers. This is your chance to get one-on-one time with retailers, distributors, health practitioners and food service professionals. This event will have live components in Anaheim, and also additional components online through Spark Change

    The Organic Center will hold the largest ever virtual organic celebration on May 26, 2021 to showcase the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and products. Organic industry leaders and consumers will come together for the virtual event to celebrate the (in)credible science behind organic. The celebration will feature inspiring keynote speeches, informative research updates and organic recipe tutorials with influencer watch parties, raffle prizes, and ways to support sponsor companies and engage in the work of The Organic Center.

    The Organic Center Virtual Benefit will be held during Natural Products Expo West, and will be hosted on New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo Virtual platform, which will also be the digital site for the organic and natural products community to access other virtual components of Natural Products Expo West. The Organic Center’s annual celebration has for 15 years been one of the most highly anticipated events at Expo, and is the single biggest fundraising event for The Organic Center. For details on how to be one of the benefits sponsors, contact Douglas Korb.

    Natural Products Expo West will be taking place May 24-27, 2021. Natural Products Products Expo West has proven itself to be the best place to reach natural, organic and healthy lifestyle buyers....
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 4:00pm
    The Organic Center Virtual Benefit

    The Organic Center Virtual Benefit

    Wednesday, May 26, 2021 - 4:00pm

    The Organic Center will hold the largest ever virtual organic celebration on May 26, 2021 to showcase the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and products.

    Organic industry leaders and consumers will come together for the virtual event to celebrate the (in)credible science behind organic. The celebration will feature inspiring keynote speeches, informative research updates and organic recipe tutorials with influencer watch parties, raffle prizes, and ways to support sponsor companies and engage in the work of The Organic Center.

    “The Organic Center is committed to the pursuit and achievement of sound science for the public good. Its research empowers consumers and helps strengthen and expand sustainable farming to make organic even better by tackling critical issues like soil health, biodiversity and how organic can positively impact the environment and human health,” said Bob Kaake, Organic & Natural Technical Director at General Mills and member of The Organic Center’s Board of Trustees.

    Kaake added: “By leading with science, The Organic Center is at the forefront showing how organic agriculture can be part of the solution to climate change. Please support The Organic Center so it can continue to provide ‘(In)credible Science, Credibly Sourced.’”

    The virtual benefit will include live and pre-recorded program elements that feature the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and products. With no cost to attend the event, the consumer audience is expected to be large and diverse.

    Dr. Tyrone Hayes, groundbreaking biologist and activist, will be one of a handful of inspirational keynote speakers. Fan-favorite celebrity Chef Megan Mitchell will create video tutorials with custom recipes created from sponsor products. The virtual menu will be shared in advance so attendees can follow along from home.

    The event will be held during Natural Products Expo West, and will be hosted on New Hope Network’s Natural Products Expo Virtual platform, which will also be the digital site for the organic and natural products community to access other virtual components of Natural Products Expo West. The Organic Center’s annual celebration has for 15 years been one of the most highly anticipated events at Expo, and is the single biggest fundraising event for The Organic Center.

    “We are very excited about our new venue for our benefit in 2021, and the potential to tell organic’s amazing story to a bigger audience than ever before,” said Dr. Jessica Shade, Director of Science Programs for The Organic Center. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to do things in new ways, and it’s made organic, and the research on organic, even more important.”

    “At Organic Valley, we know the world needs more organic food. Research from The Organic Center shows the benefits of organic food and farming, and is essential to debunking myths and maintaining trust in the Organic seal. As a TOC board member, I believe funding this research is critical. The Organic Center continues to conduct and support innovative research on organic animal care, climate-smart farming practices, and more,” stressed Logan Peterman, Agricultural Data Scientist for Organic Valley and trustee for The Organic Center.

    Current sponsors for the 2021 event are Albert Lea Seed House, Aurora Organic Dairy, Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms, Danone, Firmenich, Lundberg Family Farms, New Hope Network, Organic Valley, Presence Marketing, Rogue Creamery and Whole Foods Market.

    There are six levels of sponsorship available. Contributions support The Organic Center’s work and allow it to continue to be THE trusted resource for scientific reporting on agriculture and food. For details on how to be one of the benefits sponsors, contact Douglas Korb.

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    The Organic Center will hold the largest ever virtual organic celebration on May 26, 2021 to showcase the latest science on the environmental and health benefits of organic farming, food and prod...
  • Monday, June 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U.

    Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U.

    Monday, June 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Friday, June 18, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U. taking place June 14-18, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. The Trade Mission activities will take place in London and Amsterdam, and participants in this Trade Mission will also have the opportunity to exhibit at the Free From Expo, taking place June 15-16, 2021 in Amsterdam. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

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    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to the U.K. and E.U. taking place June 14-18, 2021, for a limited group of U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Th...
  • Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Organic Produce Summit Buyers Mission

    Organic Produce Summit Buyers Mission

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, July 15, 2021 - 5:00pm

    The Organic Produce Summit will take place July 14-15, 2021 in Monterey, CA. 

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Produce Buyers Mission in coordination with the show, including international buyers from 6-8 different markets. Meetings will take place July 14-15, 2021. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    The Organic Produce Summit will take place July 14-15, 2021 in Monterey, CA.  Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Produce Buyers Mission in coordination with the show, including intern...
  • 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‘, this conference will address questions around resilience, societal transformation, ecosystem regeneration, health and food sovereignty are more. 

    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 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...
  • Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Natural Products Expo East

    Natural Products Expo East

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 25, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Natural Products Expo East will be taking place September 22-25, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. More information regarding how the show will continue to transform will be provided in the upcoming months, stay tuned!

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting 6-8 international buyers at the show to meet with U.S. organic suppliers interested in exporting. Meetings will take place September 20-25, 2021. If you are interested in participating in the Buyers Mission meetings, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Natural Products Expo East will be taking place September 22-25, 2021 in Philadelphia, PA. More information regarding how the show will continue to transform will be provided in the upcoming mont...
  • Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Anuga

    Anuga

    Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 9:00am to Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Anuga will be taking place October 9-13, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. This is the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages, breaks new grounds for the developments of the entire industry. It is the most important industry meeting point as the figures of 2019 once again impressively demonstrate: With 7,972 exhibitors and about 169,653 visitors, Anuga Cologne is clearly the number one food fair!

    Organic Trade Association will host a pavilion at the show for 8 U.S. organic companies. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Anuga will be taking place October 9-13, 2021 in Cologne, Germany. This is the world’s largest trade fair for food and beverages, breaks new grounds for the developments of the entire industry....
  • Monday, November 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00pm
    Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong

    Monday, November 1, 2021 - 9:00am to Thursday, November 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong for 8-10 U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Exact dates for this Trade Mission are still TBD, November 1-4, 2021 is tentative at this time, stay tuned for more info. If you are interested in participating, contact Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager. 

    Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Trade Mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong for 8-10 U.S. organic companies interested in expanding in those markets. Exact dates for this Trade Mission are still...