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Organic Week in Washington, D.C.

SAVE THE DATE - May 20-23, 2019! 
Organic Week in Washington, D.C.


Organic Week in Washington, D.C., is the Organic Trade Association’s signature event and the only one of its kind.
It is a celebration of the organic supply chain. Small organic producers to major growers, family-run organic operations to nationwide companies, researchers and policy advocates to distributors and retailers will all come together to advance organic policy priorities.

It is a week of education and advocacy. Join discussions on federal policy issues critical to our nation’s nearly $50 billion organic sector. Take action on issues at the forefront of organic food, agriculture and trade priorities. Make a difference in Washington, D.C., and bring tools to advance organic back to your home state.

It is an unforgettable experience. Through keynote speeches by national thought leaders, inspiring moments from the business sector, and intimate networking opportunities, you will experience the impact of the organic sector in one powerful week.

We are busy planning what is in store for organic advocates in 2019. Check back soon as details unfold.

  • Monday, May 20: Member Meetings (and evening social) | Hall of the States
  • Tuesday, May 21: Hill Visits Day (and Congressional Reception) | Pre-arranged meetings on the Hill ***Don’t Miss This***
  • Wednesday, May 22: Policy Conference: Bold Ideas + Critical Conversations (and Organic PAC event) | Dock 5, Union Market
  • Thursday, May 23: Board of Directors Meeting (open to members) | Hall of the States

Meanwhile, take a look below and browse photos to see what Organic Week 2018 was all about!

Organic Week D.C. 2018 Schedule


Monday + Tuesday (morning), May 21-22

The Organic Center’s Confluences Summit takes place all day Monday and Tuesday morning, May 21-22, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Confluences brings together farmers, scientists, extension agents, industry members and key policy influencers to address large-scale challenges that the organic sector is facing. The 2018 theme is Evaluating and Advancing Knowledge Transfer in Organic. 


Location // United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C. 


Tuesday (afternoon), May 22 | 1:00pm - 5:45pm

The Organic Trade Association’s member meetings and workshop begin once the Organic Confluences Summit wraps up on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 22, at our headquarters in The Hall of the States. Members of the Organic Trade Association will join us for priority updates on Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices Litigation, and a discussion of what’s next for the Organic Check-Off. New this year will be an exclusive members’ only activity that you won’t want to miss. A robust, practical exercise for members, facilitated by David Lively, OTA Board Member and Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Organically Grown Company, and Lynn Coody of Organic Agsystems Consulting, will center on protecting the integrity of organic when government fails to act to safeguard critical national organic standards. Participants will work collaboratively to pursue industry solutions to drive action in a governance world paralyzed by inaction. Evolution comes through purposeful deliberation and a “middle path” approach. As a member of the Organic Trade Association, take a seat at the table to work toward a solution and move the policy needle on organic.

If you aren't yet a member but want to have a seat at the table, click here for more information, or contact Hannah Mills to become a member today!


Location // Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C.


Tuesday, May 22 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Organic Trade Association's Political Action Committee will host a night of bowling, billiards and more during Organic Week. It will be a fun night of food, drink, activities and networking to support elected leaders who make organic food, fiber and farming a priority in policy decisions. If you’d like to learn more about Organic PAC and how you can get involved, contact Kelley Poole, or fill out your prior approval form today and then buy tickets!

HILL VISITS DAY (Member Exclusive*)

Wednesday, May 23 | 7:00am - 5:30pm

The Organic Trade Association hosts fly-ins to get our positive messages out and advocate for policies that promote, protect, and grow the organic industry. On Wednesday, May 23, Organic Trade Association members are heading out in small groups to hundreds of offices and meeting rooms across Capitol Hill. This year, our top asks to the nation’s policymakers are to support the marker bills that make up our 2018 Farm Bill platform.

7:00 a.m.
Check-in at Hall of the States

7:15 a.m.
Hill Visits 101 “refresher course”

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Organic breakfast with remarks from Representative Peter Welch (D-VT)

All Day
Individualized Hill Visits

Location // Hall of the States, 444 N. Capitol Street NW, Washington, D.C. // Individual meeting schedules will be provided to each registrant


Wednesday, May 23 | 5:30pm - 7:30pm

 This evening event will offer an unmatched opportunity to network with colleagues and foster direct relationships with key government officials, their staff, and VIP guests in the backdrop of Capitol Hill at the historic Rayburn Foyer. Come join us for cocktails and appetizers!


Thursday, May 24 | 7:00 am

Clif Bar will host leaders from organic companies, farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other Hill staff for Loop the Lincoln, a casual 5.6K loop around the National Mall, from 7:00am - 9:00am on Thursday May 24th.


Thursday, May 24 | 9:00am - 5:00pm

The Organic Trade Association’s Policy Conference takes place Thursday, May 24, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This Conference explores the complex interactions that cause resistance and create momentum for the future of organic. Our event puts policy perspectives up against the latest examples from the private sector for a close look at the energy behind organic.


Location // National Press Club, Washington, D.C.


Interested in sponsorship opportunities with a meaningful ROI? Levels of support start at $2,500. Contact Tracy Campany to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for 2019!                             

Conference Inquiries:
Associate Director, Conference & Product Development   
(202) 403-8636
Registration Inquiries:
Events Manager
(202) 403-8632