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Jan 17, 2017, 10:05 ET Agriculture Department seeks comments on national organic check-off

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced it is seeking public comments to a proposal for a nationwide research and promotion...


Jan 11, 2017, 10:01 ET USDA approves new transitional certification program to foster organic growth

Today, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help guide farmers...


Oct 19, 2016, 10:45 ET OTA calls for federal policies to ensure "organic" always means "organic"

The rigorous and proven regulatory system of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Organic Program has established a deep trust in...


Sep 22, 2016, 16:43 ET Organic Trade Association celebrates a banner year

Celebrating its strongest growth in membership in five years, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) drew hundreds of members Wednesday evening in...


Sep 22, 2016, 11:16 ET Millennials and Organic: A winning combination

America's 75 million Millennials* are devouring organic, and they're making sure their families are too.  Parents in the 18- to 34-year-old...


Sep 13, 2016, 14:50 ET Organic Trade Association unveils new enhanced global organic trade guide

The Organic Trade Association today unveiled a new and enhanced International Organic Trade Resource Guide. This valuable resource, accessible...


Aug 31, 2016, 12:59 ET 2016 Organic Leadership Award to honor organic mentor

Nebraskan farmer David Vetter of Grain Place Foods is often described by his friends as quiet and humble—a typical low key and unassuming...


Aug 18, 2016, 12:01 ET Leadership Award to honor organic entrepreneur

 A Canadian entrepreneur and hemp foods pioneer will be honored as a "Rising Star" in the organic sector at the 2016 Organic Leadership Awards...


Aug 03, 2016, 11:21 ET Organic practices help reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

 Choosing organic is the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant...


Jul 25, 2016, 15:37 ET Texas organic cotton farmers to receive Organic Leadership Award

Thanks to a pioneering group of forward-thinking farmers, organic cotton production in Texas has expanded from virtually nothing in the early 1990s...


Jul 14, 2016, 15:17 ET Record traffic in America's organic produce aisles, reveal new findings

Americans are gobbling up more organic fruits and vegetables than ever before, from organic blueberries and organic apples to organic packaged...


May 25, 2016, 09:35 ET Research shows organic agriculture boosts local economies

The Organic Trade Association today released conclusive research that for the first time links economic health at the county level to organic...


May 18, 2016, 16:05 ET U.S. organic sales post new record of $43.3 billion in 2015

 The booming U.S. organic industry posted new records in 2015, with total organic product sales hitting a new benchmark of $43.3 billion, up a...


Jan 20, 2016, 11:00 ET Organic Trade Association, Textile Exchange join forces to advance organic fiber

 The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and Textile Exchange (TE) have announced an important collaboration to strengthen the North American...


Dec 16, 2015, 12:00 ET Organic trade pacts are a net positive for all parties, new study finds

Since 2009, the United States has entered into international accords with Canada, the European Union and major Asian trade partners to promote the...


Nov 20, 2015, 12:42 ET 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 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 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 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 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)...


Feb 12, 2015, 15:57 ET 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 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 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...