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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 Thursday September 14, 2017

The Organic Trade Association yesterday announced it is filing 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. The trade association is taking this legal action to ensure that the government […]

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

On Monday, long-time leader of the National Organic Program (NOP) Administrator Miles McEvoy announced plans to step down from his position at the end of the month and return home to the state of Washington. In his letter addressed to the Organic Community, McEvoy said he wants to return to the Northwest to spend more […]

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing extending compliance deadlines on Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) provisions for produce water standards. The new agricultural water compliance date the FDA is proposing for the largest farms is January 26, 2022. Small farms and very small farms would have until January 26, 2023, and […]

Posted on Thursday September 14, 2017

The House Agriculture Committee on Friday launched a new video series entitled “Farm Bill Friday,” and said it would release a new video from members of the House Conference weekly highlighting the importance of a strong Farm Bill for all Americans. Watch committee member Congressman Don Bacon of Nebraska kick off the Farm Bill Friday […]

Posted on Wednesday August 30, 2017

The fall 2017 National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) meeting will be here before you know it. NOW is a great time to start brushing up on the issues and planning to weigh in on this important and informative process. Please lean on the Organic Trade Association’s Regulatory team as a resource, and let us know […]