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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 30, 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. NOSB will VOTE on whether these production and handling inputs will continue to be allowed in organic at its fall meeting. Although […]

Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017

There are still two days left to provide comments to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service on 30 questions concerning labeling for genetic engineering on products. The Organic Trade Association already submitted its final comments in July before the agency extended the deadline to August 25. The questions provide the organic sector with an important opportunity to […]

Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017

The Organic Trade Association’s Government Affairs team has been busy helping its members prepare remarks for Farm Bill listening sessions that have been taking place, and very much appreciates those who have taken time to do so. Our members have been hitting the road to go to bat for organic at the House Agriculture Committee […]

Posted on Wednesday August 23, 2017

The pace sometimes slows down a bit during August with Congress on break through Labor Day. This is a perfect opportunity for you to engage with your representatives by inviting them for a farm or facility visit, or visiting them at their district office. Connect with your representatives to support OTA’s Farm Bill priorities. Tell them […]

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 […]