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Nov 20, 2015, 12:42 ET
U.S./ Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse talks with Andy Wright (red shirt), owner of Minnesota-based Acme Organics, and David Wright about the organic Triple Crown BBQ Sauce at the Anuga Food Show this fall in Germany.

OTA export promotion investment yields high returns for organic

 By the time Andy Wright displayed his organic barbeque sauces at the big Anuga Food Show in Germany this fall, he'd already participated in...

Nov 09, 2015, 11:40 ET

Organic Trade Association sponsors first-ever Organic Day in Japan

The first-ever Organic Day in Japan had something for everyone: an organic "market" showcasing hundreds of American organic products, a briefing...

Nov 02, 2015, 11:11 ET
Comparison of synthetic pest control products allowed in organic versus conventional farming

Federal advisory board approves OTA petitions to tighten and improve organic standards

Rarely has so much been on the plates of the 15 volunteers charged with deciding what organic producers and processors can have in their toolbox....

Oct 21, 2015, 12:42 ET
Organic offers many benefits.

Organic social media festival finds millions eager for the facts

 Fact: You can eat organic on a budget. Fact: Organic agriculture can help feed the planet. Fact: There are proven health benefits of organic....

Oct 12, 2015, 09:44 ET
Participants in OTA's "Women Leading the Organic Way" session at Milan World's Fair. From left: Liz Neumark, Laura Batcha, Ariane Lotte, Anne Alonzo, and Monique Marez.

Organic Trade Association showcases American organic at Milan World's Fair

The four women leading the Organic Trade Association's (OTA) event at the Milan World's Fair on Thursday represented more than 70 years of food...

Sep 18, 2015, 09:03 ET
Panelists discuss the current and future state of organic during the Organic Trade Association's All Things Organic educational conference at Natural Products Expo East.

Organic panel at Expo East zeroes in on opportunities for tomorrow's organic

 The organic opportunity has never been greater.  But realizing that opportunity will not be easy. A group of organic thought leaders...

Sep 16, 2015, 18:30 ET

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley leads OTA's Board of Directors for second year

Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley was chosen Wednesday for the second year in a row to lead as president of the Organic Trade Association's Board of...

Sep 15, 2015, 13:06 ET

Organic Trade Association targets organic opportunities with state agricultural directors

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

Aug 24, 2015, 12:35 ET
September will be Organic Myth Busting Month.

Organic industry unites to "bust myths" throughout September

 In a major drive to educate and inform consumers of the benefits and the facts about organic, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) and dozens...

Jul 09, 2015, 12:30 ET

New U.S.-Swiss organic arrangement marks a critical step forward with Europe

A new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Switzerland—whose residents consume more organic food than any other...

Jul 08, 2015, 12:01 ET
Three organic change-makers will be honored with Organic Leadership Awards

Three change-makers selected to receive 2015 Organic Leadership Awards

 A long-time organic champion who played a key role in creating today's organic sector, an organic entrepreneur who's brought organic to...

Jun 10, 2015, 14:11 ET

OTA urges White House to put Organic in pollinator policy

 The Organic Trade Association has called on the White House to officially recognize organic farming practices as beneficial to the health of...

May 12, 2015, 11:01 ET
Organic sector petitions USDA for an organic check-off

Organic sector petitions USDA for organic check-off

In a groundbreaking move for the nation's organic sector, the Organic Trade Association (OTA), in collaboration with the GRO Organic Core...

Apr 23, 2015, 11:11 ET

OTA welcomes organic pioneer Tilth Producers to Farmers Advisory Council

For forty years, Tilth Producers of Washington has been educating and advocating for organic farmers. Committed to policies from its beginning in...

Apr 15, 2015, 09:05 ET
Report reveals robust global market for organic food

Benchmark study yields key insights into global organic food trade

 A landmark study on the trade flow of organic food products across the borders of the United States reveals that a robust global appetite for...

Apr 15, 2015, 09:02 ET

U.S. consumers across the country devour record amount of organic in 2014

Throughout America, folks can't get enough of organic. From the Atlantic Seaboard to the Pacific Coast, from Detroit to Houston, households of all...

Mar 05, 2015, 15:00 ET

Increased knowledge of organic translates into increased buying

Knowledge is power. The power to make informed decisions. According to a new survey by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) of families across the...

Feb 12, 2015, 15:57 ET
U.S. Consul General in Munich Bill Mueller and German Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt enjoy American-made organic soup from Amy's Kitchen at the OTA booth at BioFach.

Organic Trade Association showcases U.S. organic at international trade show

 German Food and Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt wandered over to the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) spacious display area at this...

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...