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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 September 20, 2017

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released results of the 2016 Certified Organic Survey. Precise and current information on organic farm sales and acreage is vital for all organic stakeholders. The Organic Trade Association welcomes USDA’s commitment to providing important information on organic agriculture through its farmer-based organic production […]

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017

Proposals and discussion documents for the fall 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting are now available for review and public comment. The fall meeting will be October 31-November 2 at the Omni Jackson Hotel in Jacksonville, Florida. You can also view the Tentative Meeting Agenda. The Organic Trade Association will begin preparing draft comments […]

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) is in the process of reviewing several of the fertilizers, pest control products, livestock treatments, processing aids, and ingredients currently allowed for use by certified organic operations. At its fall meeting, NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continue to be allowed in organic. Although […]

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the National Organic Program (NOP) have released a summary report on and audit of USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s controls over the approval and oversight of NOP’s international trade arrangements and agreements. Specifically, OIG reviewed the process used in determining whether exporting countries’ […]

Posted on Tuesday September 19, 2017

As announced in last week’s News Flash, the Organic Trade Association has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in response to the agency’s delay in implementing the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices (OLPP) regulation, more commonly known as the organic animal welfare regulation. An article by Lynne Curry giving background and perspective […]