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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 July 19, 2017

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing this past Thursday on “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” Organic Trade Association CEO, Laura Batcha, shared an update with members after the event, including a summary of highlights from the hearing. Meanwhile, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael […]

Posted on Wednesday July 19, 2017

The Organic Trade Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the 30 questions it posted on the USDA GMO labeling website for stakeholder input regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to complete a study on digital or electronic […]

Posted on Wednesday July 19, 2017

In the lead up to developing the 2018 farm bill, Congress is busy hearing from producers both in Washington and around the country. Summer is a good time to engage with your member of Congress and their staff in the field. How can you get involved? Consider attending one of the recently announced listening sessions […]

Posted on Wednesday July 12, 2017

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing this Thursday, July 13, on “Opportunities in Global and Local Markets, Specialty Crops, and Organics: Perspectives for the 2018 Farm Bill.” There will be two organic witnesses on the panel: Ken Dallmier, President and COO of Clarkson Grain Company; and Theojary Crisantes, CEO and President of Wholesum […]

Posted on Wednesday July 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will accept stakeholder input concerning 30 questions on its website  regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard through Monday, July 17. The Organic Trade Association’s draft comments are now available to members. Submit your feedback to the questions to GMOLabeling@ams.usda.gov. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to […]

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