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Upcoming 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 its 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. Most Webinars are offered free to members as a trade association benefit. 

Register today to watch our previously completed webinars. There you can find all of our available on-demand webinars from 2019 and 2020.

If your organization is not a member or you are unsure about your organization's membership status, please email Danielle Cote

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

April 7, 2020 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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.  There will be ample time for Q&A, and an opportunity for members to exchange information about what they are experiencing during the crisis, and how their businesses are committing to assist. This is the first in a biweekly series of Forums for OTA members to learn and exchange information during the COVID-19 crisis. For more information contact Angela Jagiello. If you are interested in attending this webinar as a non-member, please contact Libby Mucciarone for payment processing.

  • Presenters: 
  • Laura Batcha, Executive Director / CEO, Organic Trade Association
  • Angela Jagiello, Director of Education & Insights, Organic Trade Association
  • Michael Stein Attorney for the Small Business Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Jewel Cornelius-Royer, Director, Marcum LLP

OTA members is free
Non-member registration is $149 


Organic Voices Campaign Update

Tuesday, April 14 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern (75 minutes)

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

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

Open to all


The Organic Center Presents: Building Soil Health in Organic Systems

Friday, April 17 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

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

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

Open to all


The Organic Center Presents: Biodiversity and Profitability on Organic Farms - Environmental and Economic Benefits of Organic Practices

Wednesday, July 1 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern

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, PhD, Associate Director of Science Programs, The Organic Center
  • David W. Crowder, PhD, Associate Professor of Entomology, Washington State University
  • Olivia M. Smith, MS, PhD Candidate in Entomology, Washington State University

Open to all


Learn more about our on-demand webinars.

Webinar Key: 

Organic Trade Association programming
The Organic Center programming
International programming

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