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OTA is known and respected on Capitol Hill as the voice for the organic business community. On behalf of our members, we negotiate and deliver industry recommendations, positions, and concerns to policymakers and regulators. Each week we update members about our public policy work through the News Flash e-newsletter and the Government Affairs Forum. Contact Kelley Poole, OTA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, to make sure you’re connected to these information resources. 

Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

Negotiators for Canada, Mexico, and the United States are meeting in Washington, D.C., this week for the first round of talks concerning modernizing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The meetings began today and are set to run through Sunday. The Organic Trade Association has submitted comments to the record, and provided testimony last month […]

Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service extended the deadline to August 25 for stakeholders to provide feedback on 30 questions posted by the agency concerning developing labeling for genetic engineering on products. The Organic Trade Association already submitted its final comments in time for the original July 17 deadline. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer included […]

Posted on Wednesday August 16, 2017

The comment period for the upcoming fall National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting is currently open, and the public can submit either written or oral comments at this time. Visit the meeting website for materials related to the October 31-November 2 meeting in Jacksonville, FL. The NOSB proposals will be posted on or around September […]

Posted on Wednesday August 9, 2017

Mark your calendars now to join us for a “can’t miss” week of organic education and advocacy May 21-24, 2018! For more than a hundred years, The National Press Club has hosted Presidents, Kings, Cabinet Secretaries, and countless celebrities for high-profile meetings in our Nation’s capital. Now it is our turn. Organic executives, farmers, and […]

Posted on Wednesday August 9, 2017

San Angelo (Texas), Morgan (Minnesota) and Modesto (California) Farm Bill Listening Sessions are in the history books, while others are on the horizon. The Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team has been busy helping its members prepare remarks, and very much appreciates those that have taken time to wave the organic flag! OTA members have […]

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