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Feb 09, 2015, 14:44 ET

U.S organic cotton acreage seen highest in almost 20 years

 Despite grappling with tight seed supplies, persistent weeds and a shortage of seasonal labor, U.S. organic cotton growers are...

Jan 08, 2015, 11:41 ET
Anna Jones-Crabtree, Montana Organic Association member who introduced the motion to join FAC, stands neck-high in a field of organic grain in Montana

Montana Organic Association joins OTA's Farmers Advisory Council

 In a move to elevate the voice of the western organic grain farmer and better connect the organic sector with key organic grain growers and...

Dec 29, 2014, 00:01 ET
Ten New Year's Resolutions from The Organic Center

Make 2015 an Organic Year

2014 was the year of science supporting the benefits of organic food and farming: for human health, pollinator health, and the health of the...

Dec 16, 2014, 13:11 ET

Organic Trade Association claims hard-won victory in check-off exemption for organic

 The Organic Trade Association (OTA) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) announcement today of a proposed rule to exempt...

Dec 03, 2014, 16:00 ET
Japan's top grocery retailers, food importers distributors and policy officials learn about U.S. organic products in a seminar held recently in Japan.

Organic Trade Association gears up far-reaching strategy for 2015 to boost exports

If Taka Yamaguchi has his way, athletes competing in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be eating organic—an ambitious plan that more...

Nov 06, 2014, 16:09 ET
Since 2008, only five synthetics have been added, compared with 45 removed, denied, or further restricted.

Industry innovation spurs Organic Trade Association move to tighten organic standards

 Acting on extensive feedback and input from its members, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) on Thursday filed two petitions with the National...

Oct 21, 2014, 14:17 ET
Ninth generation farmer John Franklin and a new calf

Organic Trade Association reaching out to more organic farmers

The Franklin family has been farming in southern Vermont for nine generations. A family operation with one son helping full-time and two others...

Oct 02, 2014, 17:47 ET
The Organic Center board at Harvard University for their annual board retreat (PRNewsFoto/The Organic Center)

Early findings of Harvard, Northeastern research show organic's benefits

Members of The Organic Center's Board of Trustees gathered at Harvard University this week for their annual retreat and for scientific briefings on...

Sep 26, 2014, 15:43 ET
The "organic is non-GMO plus so much more" graphic received the most traction of all campaign graphics on Facebook. The image has been shared nearly 1,500 times reaching more than 120,000 users. (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic social media festival reaches more than 15 million consumers

 A mom shared a picture of her toddler watering their organic vegetable garden, a college student asked about the stringency of organic...

Sep 24, 2014, 17:05 ET

The Organic Center tops crowdfunding goal in its fight against citrus disease

Thanks to donations ranging from $5 to as large as $5,000, The Organic Center has raised $20,417 through its first-ever crowdfunding drive –...

Sep 18, 2014, 19:10 ET

Organic leaders assess strategic challenges now and in future

 The state of the organic industry is thriving, filled with opportunities on a host of fronts but faced with challenges on many, said Organic...

Sep 18, 2014, 00:05 ET
Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley named president of the Organic Trade Association (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley to lead OTA's Board of Directors

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was tapped on Wednesday as the new president of the Organic Trade Association's Board of...

Sep 12, 2014, 11:08 ET
NASDA Organic Breakfast Menu Hosted by OTA (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

State agricultural directors hosted by the Organic Trade Association

Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Friday...

Sep 10, 2014, 14:11 ET

OTA to highlight key organic issues at Natural Products Expo East

It's been a busy year for the organic industry. Record sales in the United States, intensifying competition for the attention of the increasingly...

Sep 03, 2014, 08:40 ET
Organic-Palooza open to all (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Organic thought leaders team up to get out organic message

 It's party time at the Organic Trade Association. For 10. Straight. Days. And everyone's invited. September is "Organic Month," and OTA and...

Aug 07, 2014, 10:37 ET

Three organic visionaries to receive 2014 Organic Leadership Awards

A pioneer and tireless teacher of the organic way for more than 40 years, an organic farmer dedicated to making his farming operation a compelling...

Jul 01, 2014, 12:00 ET

Organic Trade Association welcomes U.S.-Korea agreement

The Organic Trade Association (OTA)  today welcomed a new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Korea, saying it...

Jun 26, 2014, 14:53 ET
Aversion to GMOs becoming driving factor to buying organic. (PRNewsFoto/Organic Trade Association)

Aversion to GMOs becoming driving factor to buying organic

 Of all the thoughts that race through the mind of a mom or dad as they do the weekly grocery shopping and decide whether to put an organic or...

Jun 23, 2014, 00:01 ET

International market analyst Monique Marez joins Organic Trade Association Team

 Monique Marez this week joins the staff of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as its Senior Manager for International Trade. Marez most...

Jun 19, 2014, 00:01 ET

Parents willing to pay the premium for organic food, survey shows

No two ways about it. Organic food usually costs a little more than non-organic. But a new study shows that an increasing number of American...