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Organic Education Webinars

Join us to learn about the issues defining organic during regularly scheduled monthly webinars.

The Organic Trade Association is your source for organic industry news and information. With our expert staff, board and member communities, the Organic Trade Association and The Organic Center are uniquely positioned to keep you informed on the regulatory, scientific, and business conversations at the heart of organic. Webinars are offered free to members as a trade association benefit. If your organization is not a member or you are unsure about your organization's membership status, please email Danielle Cote

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2020 Post-Election Outlook - Sponsored by Organic PAC

2020 Post-Election Outlook: What does it mean for organic? Sponsored by Organic PAC

Wednesday, December 2 - 1:00 pm Eastern / 10:00 am Pacific

The 2020 elections will be among the most consequential in U.S. history. What will the outcomes mean for organic? Join CEO Laura Batcha and Director of Legislative Affairs Megan DeBates for this exclusive webinar where we will discuss the outcomes of key House and Senate races including how organic champions fared and what it means for the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Laura and Megan will be joined by Darci Vetter, Global Lead Public Affairs & Vice Chair, Agriculture, Food at Edelman Public Affairs. We will talk about what the incoming Biden administration could mean for organic priorities, and the transition that occurs at USDA and other agencies.

Prior to the election, Congress left town with a lengthy to-do list including cutting a deal on COVID relief and funding the federal government for Fiscal Year 2021. What can we expect from the lame-duck session this year? What will the top priorities be for the next Congress in 2021? We will explore all these topics and more. Registration for this webinar is limited to current Organic PAC donors and those that have given prior approval. To find out more about Organic PAC you can visit our website. All confirmed registrants will be given an exclusive copy of OTA’s post-election guide after the webinar's completion. 

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Ambassador Darci Vetter, Global Lead Public Affairs & Vice Chair, Agriculture, Food | Edelman Public Affairs
  • Laura Batcha, CEO / Executive Director | Organic Trade Association
  • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs & Coalitions | Organic Trade Association

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. 

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For information about registering for this webinar, please reach out to Douglas Korb

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2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center

2020 Organic Science Roundup with The Organic Center 

Thursday, December 10 - 3:30 pm Eastern / 12:30 pm Pacific

Come learn about the hottest science in the field of organic food and farming from 2020. This webinar brings together leading scientists to talk about where we’ve been and how far we’ve come  in this challenging year. Hear about what studies have changed the industry, how COVID has changed the research landscape, and what we foresee for the scientific outlook for 2021. 
  • Esteemed Panelists: 
  • Asa Bradman, PhD, Professor, Associate Director and Co-founder | University of California, Merced & CERCH
  • Nathalie Jas, PhD, STS scholar and Senior Researcher in Sociology of Risk | French Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA).
  • Jayson Porter, PhD Candidate in Mexican Environmental History, Department of History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences | Northwestern University
  • John P. Reganold, PhD, Regents Professor of Soil Science and Agroecology | Washington State University
  • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center (Discussion Leader)
  • Houston Wilson, PhD, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist & Director| University of California, Riverside & Organic Agriculture Institute

Open to all

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. 

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The Organic Trade Association is dedicated to providing the insight you and your team need to advance organic. If you missed the opportunity to participate in one of our live webinars, you can continue your organic education by registering to view our on-demand Webinars. 

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Weathering the Economic Storm

Weathering the Economic Storm

Presented Thursday, September 3, 2020 (75 minutes)

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
  • Jeff Crumpton, Manager of Retailer Reporting Solutions | SPINS
  • Michael Wall, Director of Farmer Services | Georgia Organics
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights | Organic Trade Association (discussion leader)

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

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COVID-19 and the Shifting Retail Landscape

With a full quarter of results to draw from since the COVID-19 crisis began, we will take a look at how the retail landscape has changed. Where is the supply chain holding together, and where is it challenged? Which products and categories hold greater appeal with shoppers at this time? How have buying patterns changed since the initial panic purchasing began, and as a result of social distancing measures in stores?

  • Presenters & Moderator
  • Ryan Koory, Director of Economics, Mercaris
  • Steve Lutz, Senior Vice President, Category Partners
  • Erin Raese, Vice President of Marketing, SPINS
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights, Organic Trade Association (Moderator)

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Labor Issues & COVID-19

Labor Issues & COVID-19

Presented May 14, 2020

Labor is one of the key inputs for the entire organic supply chain, beginning with the workers in the fields, continuing through the people working in packing, processing, distribution and retail. Given the current operating reality of COVID-19, learn how industry leaders are pivoting to practices that care for and protect their employees while ensuring a safe, available food supply. We'll also hear about labor availability, and receive an update on the processing of H2A visas.

  • PRESENTERS:
  • John McKeon, Director of Organic Integrity and Compliance, Taylor Farms
  • Melissa R. O’Rourke, Attorney; Farm & Agribusiness Management Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 
  • Craig Regelbrugge, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Research, AmericanHort 
  • Mike Resch, Executive Vice President of Administration and General Counsel, Amy’s Kitchen 
  • Matt Rogers, General Manager and Co-Founder, AgSocio

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Organic Inspections During COVID-19: Challenges and Solutions

Organic Inspections During COVID-19: Challenges & Solutions

Presented Thursday, May 7

As the outbreak of the COVID-19 creates organic supply chain disruptions, so does the need for continuity of organic inspection operations. In this webinar, you will learn about the unique challenges of the organic sector and how the Organic Trade Association, the Accredited Certifiers Association (ACA), and the International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) are working together to ensure organic compliance and the integrity of the organic supply chain. Participants will learn about the best practices and inspection tools that are being used to conduct inspections and verify compliance while travel restrictions are in place. In addition, certified operators will learn how to best prepare for an on-site or remote audit.

  • SPEAKERS:
  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Organic Trade Association, Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs
  • Marni Karlin, Karlin Strategic Consulting, Principal
  • Garth Kahl, Independent Organic Services, Inc.; IOIA Inspector
  • Q&A with EXPERT PANELISTS:
  • Connie Karr, Oregon Tilth (OTCO), Certification Director; ACA Board Chair
  • Brenda Book, Washington State Department of Agriculture, Organic Program Manager
  • Beth Rota, Quality Certification Services, Policy and Quality Assurance Manager; ACA Board Member
  • Lois Christie, Christie Organic Consultants; IOIA Board Chair
  • Garth Kahl, Independent Organic Services, Inc.; IOIA Inspector

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Financial Relief for Farmers

COVID-19 Forum: Financial Relief for Farmers

Presented April 15, 2020

The Organic Trade Association recognizes the unique needs of the farmer, rancher, and producer community as it navigates the current pandemic. Our next COVID-19 Webinar allows you to learn about new and existing programs designed specifically to meet your needs. You will also have the opportunity to speak directly to those who will implement and oversee provisions in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act designed to benefit agricultural operations. Joining us will be Katie Naessens, Senior Professional Staff at the United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Jennifer Tucker, PhD, Deputy Administrator of USDA’s National Organic Program. Please bring your questions about new and existing programs, and examples of what you’re seeing in the marketplace to share with those tasked with providing rapid, effective relief measures to the producer community. 

  • Presenters: 
  • Katie Naessens, Senior Professional Staff, United States Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Lorren Walker, Chief of Staff, Marketing and Regulatory Programs, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jennifer Tucker, Ph.D., Deputy Administrator, National Organic Program, United States Department of Agriculture
  • Jeff Schahczenski, Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist, National Center for Appropriate Technology and ATTRA Sustainable Agriculture

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Financial Stimulus Options and Cash Management Strategies

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

Presented April 7, 2020

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 Jewel Cornelius-Royer from the global accounting firm Marcum LLP about risk and cash management strategies for business.

  • Presenters
  • Michael Stein, J.D., Counsel for the Small Business Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jewel Cornelius-Royer, CPA, Director of Managed Services and Consulting, Marcum LLP

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US Climate Policy & Organic Agriculture

U.S. Climate Policy & Organic Agriculture

Presented Thursday, August 27, 2020

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 principles 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 Panelists:
  • Megan DeBates, Organic Trade Association (discussion leader)
  • Avi Garbow, Patagonia Works
  • Britt Lundgren, Stonyfield Organic
  • Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center

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

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Organic & Climate – Breakthrough Progress in the EU

Organic & Climate – Breakthrough Progress in the EU

Presented Thursday, July 30, 2020 (75 minutes)

As part of its effort to become climate neutral by 2050, the EU's Green Deal calls for 25% of Europe's agriculture to be transitioned to organic (nearly triple the current area) by 2030. Join us to learn more about this bold effort to create a fair, healthy and environmentally beneficial food system. We'll discuss how leaders in the organic movement were able to successfully advocate for organic's inclusion in this sweeping program. And we’ll hear from organic industry participants in the farming and processing/trade sector about priorities for specific action plans to implement and achieve the sustainability targets set out in the Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. 

  • Esteemed Participants:
  • Alexander Beck, Association of Organic Food Manufacturers eV (AöL)
  • Ariane Lotti, Tenuta San Carlo Organic Farm
  • Silvia Schmidt, IFOAM Organic Europe
  • Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association (Discussion Leader)

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

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Organic & Climate - Consumer Messaging for Maximum Impact

Organic & Climate – Consumer Messaging for Maximum Impact

Presented Thursday, September 17, 2020

Climate change is one of the most difficult challenges facing us today. It is overwhelming to consider, and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of good news on progress. Agriculture is a major contributor to climate change – but not all agriculture. Shoppers care about organic’s proven climate benefit. We’ll discuss the most effective way to communicate with shoppers about organic’s ability to mitigate climate change, and hear from an iconic brand about how and why they are taking their climate mission directly to consumers. 

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Alex Heath, Executive Vice President of Social Purpose, Edelman
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights | Organic Trade Association
  • Geoff Showers, Sr. Customer Manager | Clif Bar & Company

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

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Webinar: 2019 Organic Agriculture Survey Results

Webinar: 2019 Organic Agriculture Survey Results

Presented Friday, October 23 

Wondering what happened with organic at the farm level in the past few years? Join us to hear a presentation of results from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS) 2019 Organic Survey. You’ll hear about changes in acreage, production, and sales data for a variety of organic crop and livestock commodities as well as organic marketing and agricultural practices. NASS released the results from the 2017 Census of Agriculture in April 2019. The results include national and state level organic farm count and value of production data. In early 2020, NASS began data collection for the 2019 Organic Survey, a follow-on special study to the 2017 Census of Agriculture. This will be the sixth comprehensive organic survey NASS has conducted and the first since the 2016 Organic Survey. Join NASS researchers Daphne Schauber and Virginia Harris for a presentation, accompanied by a discussion and Q&A session led by Kellee James, CEO of Mercaris and member of Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors. 

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Kellee James, CEO | Mercaris & member of the Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors (Discussion Leader)
  • Daphne Schauber, Statistician | USDA's Research, Education, and Economics Resources (REE)'s National Agricultural Statistics Services
  • Virginia Harris, Senior Statistician | USDA's Research, Education, and Economics Resources (REE)'s National Agricultural Statistics Services

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

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Alternate Finance Models for Organic Businesses

Alternate Finance Models for Organic Businesses

Presented Thursday, October 8

Among the areas where organic businesses are innovating is how they finance their operations and growth. From employee and family ownership, to novel legal structures, and working with socially-minded investors, organic companies are rethinking standard models to the benefit of their operations and their larger communities. Join us for insight and inspiration from business leaders and investors who have brought new thinking to the old challenge of how to best structure and capitalize organic organizations.

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Sara Eckhouse, Executive Director | Foodshot
  • Matt McLean, Founder | Uncle Matt's Organic
  • Natalie Reitman-White, Mission Advocacy | Organically Grown Company & Alternative Ownership Advisors
  • Robyn O'Brien, Co-Founder | rePlant Capital (Discussion Leader)

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

This webinar was recorded.

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Breakthrough Messaging for Organic Shoppers

Breakthrough Messaging for Organic Shoppers

Presented February 13, 2020 

Through the GRO Organic industry funded initiative, OTA has recently completed a groundbreaking consumer messaging research project. The research, conducted through NMI, yielded a new level of understanding about today’s shoppers and the messaging they need to create or strengthen their commitment to organic. Those findings have been converted into a Consumer Messaging Toolkit available to the full membership community. Join us to hear the topline demographic findings, and learn about the most compelling ways to reach current and potential organic shoppers with your brand’s messaging. OTA members can register for the recording and slides by emailing Libby Mucciarone

  • Presenter:
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights, Organic Trade Association

Available on demand to OTA members only

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Top Ten Organic Headlines of 2019

Top Ten Organic Headlines of 2019

Presented December 4, 2019

As 2019 came to an end, we reviewed the stories that made news in organic in 2019, the most compelling issues in the industry, and discussed tips and resources for representing organic and your brand accurately in the media. OTA members can access a copy of the recording by contacting Libby Mucciarone

  • Presenters:
  • Bill Giebler, Content + Insights Director, New Hope Network
  • Maggie McNeil, Director of Media Relations, Organic Trade Association
  • Kelly Taveras, Digital Specialist, Organic Trade Association

Available on demand to OTA members only

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Board of Directors 2020/2021 Election: Meet the Candidates

Board of Directors Election Webinar: Meet the Candidates

Presented March 31, 2020 

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. 

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

Available to OTA members only

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Meet Your Board of Directors at the Virtual Annual Meeting

Meet Your Board of Directors at the Virtual Annual Meeting

Presented October 17, 2019

CEO / Executive Director Laura Batcha joined members of the Organic Trade Association's Board of Directors for a virtual follow up to our Annual Meeting. Attendees heard about the strategic priorities the Board of Directors set for the organization and met its newest members.

  • Presenters:
  • Laura Batcha, CEO / Executive Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Members of the Board of Directors

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Getting the Most Out of Your OTA Membership

Getting the Most Out of Your OTA Membership

Presented June 12, 2019

If you've joined Organic Trade Association in the past year, or if it's been a while since you've engaged, you've come to the right place! During this fast paced webinar, we introduced you to the people and programs behind your trade association, so you can maximize your investment, and position your business for success.

  • Presenters:
  • Cassandra Christine, Director of Industry Relations, Membership, and Development, Organic Trade Association
  • Bob Kaake, Organic & Natural Technical Director, General Mills
  • Mark Squire, President, Good Earth Natural Foods

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2020 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

2020 Legislative & Regulatory Roundup

Presented Friday, November 13 

2020 has been an eventful year for the organic industry. This is true from an agricultural and market perspective, but also in the realms of regulatory and legislative affairs – where progress is not always a linear process. Join Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team for a live webinar that clarifies the processes and entities that govern organic and provides updates on actions taken in 2020 as well as potential developments and trade association priorities for 2021. 

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • Laura Batcha, CEO / Executive Director | Organic Trade Association
  • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions | Organic Trade Association
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director | Organic Trade Association

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 12 pm Eastern. If you register after 12 pm, we will provide you access to view the recording within 24 hours of its completion. 

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GOTS Version 6.0 and the U.S. Market

GOTS Version 6.0 and the U.S. Market

Wednesday, April 22 - 11:30 a.m. Eastern / 8:30 a.m. Pacific (90 minutes)

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.

  • Presenters
  • 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

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The 2018 Farm Bill Passed. Now What?

The 2018 Farm Bill Passed. Now What?

Presented February 12, 2019

The President recently signed a new farm bill into law. This historic legislation received overwhelming bipartisan support from Congress and included many important advancements for organic agriculture. Please join the Organic Trade Association for a webinar on the 2018 Farm Bill and its impacts for the organic sector. This webinar will include an overview of the organic provisions in the farm bill. We will explore other programs of importance to the organic sector contained in the bill, such as hemp, urban agriculture, and export development. We will also discuss the next steps on farm bill implementation, and identify questions, priorities, opportunities for engagement and answer your questions. 

  • Presenters:
  • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Organic Trade Association
  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
  • Katie Naessens, Professional Staff, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry

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Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

Legislative Watch: A Recap of 2019 Achievements, and a Look Ahead to 2020

Presented on December 12, 2019

It was a busy year for organic in Washington. It was a busy year for organic in Washington. Our Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Megan DeBates, was joined by Britt Lundgren of Stonyfield Farm and Aaron Schier of National Farmers Union, where they discussed important legislative advancements for organic over the last year, provide Farm Bill implementation updates, and explore other hot button issues important to the world of agriculture policy including climate change, international trade, and agriculture labor reform. Click below to register to view this recording.

  • Presenters:
  • Megan DeBates, Director of Legislative Affairs and Coalitions, Organic Trade Association
  • Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Stonyfield Farm, Inc.
  • Aaron Shier, Government Relations Representative, National Farmers Union

Complimentary to OTA members on demand
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New Rules: Requirements for Use of Organic Flavors

New Rules: Requirements for Use of Organic Flavors

Presented on January 29, 2020

New requirements for use of organic flavors in certified organic processed foods became effective on December 27, 2019. In this session, attendees will get a first look at new industry guidance from Organic Trade Association. Learn how the regulatory change came about, how commercially availability is defined, and gain an understanding of the process and documentation necessary to comply with the new requirements.

  • Presenters:
  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
  • Kim Dietz, Business Development DIrector, Organics, Extracts, and Sustainability, Firmenich, Inc.
  • Alexis Randolph, Senior Technical Manager, Quality Assurance International (QAI)
  • Jeff Rakity, Senior VP Organic Sales, Brookside Flavors

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

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NOSB Outlook for the Produce Community

NOSB Outlook for the Produce Community

Presented March 29, 2019

Join Organic Trade Association's regulatory team for a produce-focused briefing on the issues before the National Organic Standards Board at its spring meeting (Seattle April 24-26), and for the fall review cycle.

  • Presenters:
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Lynn Coody, Organic Produce Wholesalers Coalition
  • Mike Dill, Organic Produce Wholesalers Coalition

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NOSB Wrap-Up - Fall 2019 Meeting

NOSB Wrap-Up

Presented November 13, 2019

If you weren't in the room for the National Organic Standard Board (NOSB) Fall meeting in Pittsburgh, PA, in October, but you would like to learn more about what happened, this webinar is for you. We'll spend time talking about the critical outcomes from the produce, poultry, dairy, non-food, seed, and processing/handling sectors. During the Fall meeting, NOSB voted on 7 proposals related to these sectors, considered 3 discussion documents, and discussed over 50 sunset materials.

  • Presenters:
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Kyla Smith, Interim Co-Executive Director, Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO)

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Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions - Program Overview

Organic Fraud Prevention Solutions

Presented April 11, 2019 & September 19, 2019

Following an extensive pilot project to detect and prevent fraud in the global organic supply chain, Organic Trade Association launched a comprehensive program and toolkit for the organic community. Attendees learned about the best practices in fraud prevention to keep your supply chain strong from seed to shelf. Learn more about the program. Click below to register to view this recording. 

  • Presenters:
  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
  • Dr. John Spink, Director and Associate Professor of the Food Fraud Initiative at Michigan State University.

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

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Organic 101 for the Produce Community 

Organic 101 for the Produce Community 

Presented March 18, 2020

New to the organic industry? Join us to learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn't) mean for the produce sector, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food around the world. This session will examine the full supply chain – from farming, to post-harvest handling and transportation to retail receiving and merchandising for produce. We will discuss organic regulations, as well as best practices that have been proven most successful with retailers and shoppers.

  • Presenters
  • Brian Dey, Sr. Merchandiser & Natural Stores Coordinator, Four Seasons Produce
  • Mike Dill, Food Safety & Compliance Manager, Organically Grown Company
  • Logan Petrey, Grower, Grimmway Farms/Cal-Organic
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association

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

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Organic 101

Organic 101

Presented June 26, 2019

New to the organic industry? Learn the basics of what the organic label does (and doesn’t) mean, how it is enforced, and why it is the gold standard for food the world around.

  • Presenters:
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Mike Dill, Food Safety & Compliance Manager, Organically Grown Company
  • Ann Marie Hourigan, Quality Standards Principal Advisor for Agricultural Programs, Whole Foods Market
  • Nate Powell-Palm, Farmer/Rancher, Cold Springs Organics

Complimentary to OTA Members
Not-yet member registration: $149

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Retail Intel: Best Labeling Practices for Organic Non-Food Products

Retail Intel: Best Labeling Practices for Organic Non-Food Products

Presented August 29, 2019

Shoppers trust retailers to offer high quality products with strong organic integrity. Labeling requirements are very different when it comes to non-food organic products such as fiber, personal care and household cleaners. Don’t get lost in the gray area!  Gwendolyn Wyard and Angela Jagiello helped break down the labeling landscape and help you to know what to look for to assure you are providing a full complement of trusted of organic products throughout your shop.

  • Presenters:
  • Gwendolyn Wyard, Vice President of Regulatory & Technical Affairs, Organic Trade Association
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education and Insights, Organic Trade Association

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

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U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing

U.S. Organic Grain – How to Keep It Growing

Presented February 28, 2019

Elizabeth Reaves of the Sustainable Food Lab and Jedediah Beach of FarmSmart will review the highlights of a new research paper published in partnership with the Organic Trade Association. We’ll provide an overview of the current state of organic grain production in the US, and identify the challenges and potential industry solutions needed to help farmers transition to organic and ensure long-term productivity and profitability for organic farmers to keep organic growing.

  • Presenters:
  • Johanna Mirenda, Farm Policy Director, Organic Trade Association
  • Elizabeth Reaves, Senior Program Director, Sustainable Food Laboratory
  • Jedediah Beach, Farmer, FarmSmart

Complimentary to OTA members
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Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Address Organic Research Needs

Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Address Organic Research Needs

Presented Thursday, November 5 

Last year, The Organic Center partnered with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to hold a convening examining research areas that would have the most impact on advancing the organic sector, explore avenues for private-public partnerships, and identify areas where industry is interested in investing in research. The convening’s objective was to identify high-impact research areas that could have a substantial positive impact on advancing organic production systems, build partnerships in support of scientific collaborations, and provide a venue for cross-sector sharing of ideas and priorities. This webinar will present the outcomes from that convening, share information about FFAR funding, and gather your input on research needs that are critical for advancing the organic sector. 

You can download the full outcomes from the convening HERE, and we are soliciting comments on the outcome document HERE.

Click here to learn more about the project. 

  • Esteemed Panelists:
  • LaKisha Odom, PhD, Scientific Program Director | Foundation
  • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center
  • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Asst. Director of Science Programs | The Organic Center
  • Brise Tencer, Executive Director | Organic Farming Research Foundation (Q&A participant)

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Building Soil Heath for Organic Systems

Building Soil Heath for Organic Systems

Presented on April 17, 2020

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 looked 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.

  • Presenters
  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • Kate Tully, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agroecology, University of Maryland

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The Biodiversity Calculator - A Simple Tool for Tracking & Managing Biodiversity for NOP Compliance

The Biodiversity Calculator - A Simple Tool for Tracking & Managing Biodiversity for NOP Compliance

Presented September 25, 2019

Biodiversity is critical for healthy, functioning organic farms, and is central to the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation. However, the burden of designing and implementing biodiversity plans still falls on the farmer. This workshop will highlight a new, farmer-friendly tool that can aid farmers in technical decisions to increase on-farm biodiversity and comply with the new guidance.

  • Presenters:
  • Jessica Shade, PhD., Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • John Quinn, PhD., Associate Professor of Biology, Furman University

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The Benefits of Organic Dairy

The Benefits of Organic Dairy

Presented July 17, 2019

Learn about a new study published in Public Health Nutrition, by Emory University, in collaboration with The Organic Center, which shows that choosing organic is an easy way to avoid pesticide, antibiotic, and synthetic growth hormone residues in milk. Researchers tested conventional and organic milk from store shelves across 9 regions of the U.S. and found that a majority of conventional milk samples tested positive for residues of antibiotics and currently used controversial pesticides, while organic milk tested clean.

  • Presenter:
  • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center

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Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Citrus Greening Disease - the Quest for an Organic Management Solution

Presented May 9, 2019

Citrus Greening is a devastating disease affecting citrus around the world – though Florida citrus has been particularly hard hit. Infected trees are unable to extract the nutrients they need from soil, resulting in severely compromised yields and fruit that is unsuitable for sale. Until now, most of the protocols used to fight the spread of the disease have not been compliant with organic regulations. The Organic Center has collaborated with University of Florida researchers to publish a study that outlines a rigorous, multi-faceted approach to protecting citrus trees in organic systems. The paper is based on a review of existing literature, previously unpublished research and grower observations. Our panel of experts discussed the effect Citrus Greening Disease has had on the Florida citrus industry (especially in organic), and provide a high-level overview of the paper’s findings.

  • Presenters:
  • Amber Sciligo, PhD, Science Program Manager, The Organic Center
  • Ellen Cochrane, PhD, University of Florida

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Organic's Impact on Human Health

Organic's Impact on Human Health

Presented March 20, 2019

The more we learn about the adverse effects of toxic and persistent agricultural inputs on eaters, farmworkers and their families, the clearer the connection becomes between organic food and agriculture and lower cancer risks. Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center's Director of Science Programs, will discuss several groundbreaking studies with their respected authors.

  • Presenters:
  • Jessica Shade, PhD, Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • Asa Bradman, PhD, Associate Director of Exposure Assessment, University of California - Berkeley
  • Kendra Klein, PhD, Senior Staff Scientist, Friends of the Earth

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Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices

Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices

Presented July 1, 2020

A growing body of science shows that organic farming supports more biodiversity and can bring in more income than conventional farming, highlighting the environmental and economic benefits of using organic practices. What is less understood is how these benefits are affected by the farming landscape around organic operations. Join Amber Sciligo, Associate Director of Science Programs at The Organic Center, who will be joined by two of the senior authors of a recently published meta-analysis, where you can learn about more about the study’s findings and these benefits from organic practices. 

  • Presenters
  • Amber Sciligo, Ph.D., Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • David W. Crowder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entomology, Washington State University
  • Olivia M. Smith, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher in Entomology, University of Georgia

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Organic & Climate – Breakthrough Progress in the EU

Organic & Climate – Breakthrough Progress in the EU

Presented Thursday, July 30, 2020 (75 minutes)

As part of its effort to become climate neutral by 2050, the EU's Green Deal calls for 25% of Europe's agriculture to be transitioned to organic (nearly triple the current area) by 2030. Join us to learn more about this bold effort to create a fair, healthy and environmentally beneficial food system. We'll discuss how leaders in the organic movement were able to successfully advocate for organic's inclusion in this sweeping program. And we’ll hear from organic industry participants in the farming and processing/trade sector about priorities for specific action plans to implement and achieve the sustainability targets set out in the Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies. 

  • Esteemed Participants:
  • Alexander Beck, Association of Organic Food Manufacturers eV (AöL)
  • Ariane Lotti, Tenuta San Carlo Organic Farm
  • Silvia Schmidt, IFOAM Organic Europe
  • Johanna Mirenda, Organic Trade Association (Discussion Leader)

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Exploring Trends and Opportunities for Organic Products Around the World

Exploring Trends and Opportunities for Organic Products Around the World

Presented June 25, 2020

Continued shifts in consumer health preferences and sustainability-minded consumers are further driving organic product sales around the world. This webinar will provide an overview of newly updated global organic data, highlighting observations and trends to compare important markets and opportunities for US producers and exporters. If you are currently exporting your products around the world or looking to learn more about export opportunities, this webinar will provide meaningful insights and detail further resources to help grow your international market.

  • Presenters
  • Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager, Organic Trade Association (Moderator)
  • Patti LaGuire, Senior Account Manager, Euromonitor International 

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Best Practices in Social Marketing

Best Practices in Social Marketing

Presented July 24, 2019

Social marketing strategy is an important part of any company's overall marketing mix. Organic Trade Association and Edelman have new findings to share about the best ways to design and implement meaningful social media campaigns for organic products. We'll also spend some time discussing the intricacies of designing social media campaigns for international audiences. You won't want to miss a moment of this helpful presentation.

  • Presenters:
  • Alexis Carey, International Trade Manager, Organic Trade Association
  • Kelly Taveras, Digital Specialist, Organic Trade Association
  • Matt Streit, Senior Vice President, Edelman

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If you're a member of the Organic Trade Association and interested in view the slides from any of our completed webinars, please email Libby Mucciarone. If you are not a member, please email Danielle Cote for more information about membership. 


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Angela Jagiello
Director of Education & Insights
(202) 403-8636