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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 / General Counsel, to make sure you’re connected to these information resources. 

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017

On Monday evening, in a vote of 87 to 11, the U.S. Senate confirmed Ervin “Sonny” Perdue III as the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. His main task over the coming year will be working with Congress and coordinating the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) input on the next five-year farm bill, with farm policy set […]

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) met this past week in Denver, CO, for its spring 2017 meeting. Over the course of three days, NOSB, under the leadership of NOSB Chair Tom Chapman, discussed eight proposals, 43 Sunset 2019 inputs and eight discussion documents. NOSB received 2,045 written comments prior to the meeting and listened to […]

Posted on Wednesday April 26, 2017

As members of the organic industry, we root for the farm team. But this year’s OTA Policy Conference has an exciting treat on deck: Washington Nationals’ outfielder Jayson Werth will be a keynote speaker at the May 24 event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. There, he will discuss his passion for organic food, and the […]

Posted on Wednesday April 19, 2017

The Organic Trade Association is onsite at the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) spring meeting in Denver, Colorado, today through Friday to deliver public comments. As always, OTA will report back to members afterwards on the meeting discussions and outcomes. Follow @OrganicTrade on Twitter for a play-by-play report of Board decisions, and stay tuned for an in-depth follow-up […]

Posted on Wednesday April 19, 2017

The full schedule for the Organic Trade Association’s Member Day is now online. At this annual event, OTA’s Board of Directors, its Sector Councils, Task Forces and other member groups meet at OTA’s headquarters in Washington to advance their work. The day kicks off with “Loop the Lincoln,” a 5.6 K circuit run around the Mall […]

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