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Seasoned organic specialist Nate Lewis joins Organic Trade Association team

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:16

Crops and livestock expert will develop organic producer engagement

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 9, 2014) — Nathaniel (Nate) Lewis this past week joined the staff of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as its Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist. Lewis most recently served as Organic Certification Coordinator at the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s (WSDA’s) Organic Program.

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The Organic Center’s VIP Dinner raises half a million dollars for research and education

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 14:29

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 12, 2014)— The Organic Center’s (The Center’s) Annual VIP Dinner, held Friday evening, March 7, in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA, raised over $500,000 for the work of the non-profit research and education organization.

“The Center graciously thanks our generous supporters for these crucial donations that make it possible for the organization to carry out its work proving and communicating the science behind organic agriculture and products,” said Todd Linsky, vice-president of organic sales for Cal-Organic/Grimmway Farms and chair of The Center’s Board of Trustees.

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OTA launches The Organic Market Basket e-newsletter for retailers

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:47

Launch coincides with industry’s largest gathering of retailers

Contact: Angela Jagiello (ajagiello@ota.com; 802-275-3831)

Anaheim, Calif., (March 6, 2014)—The Organic Trade Association today launched its newest communications platform –The Organic Market Basket – a twice monthly e-newsletter that is offered at no cost for retailers. The announcement was made as an estimated 60,000 attendees gathered here for Natural Products Expo West.

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As Organic Rules Shift for Fire Blight Control, The Organic Center Releases Essential Suggestions for Apple and Pear Growers

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 09:28

Organic-Approved Antibiotics Sunsetting – Report Aims to Help Growers Keep Certification

Contacts:
Eric Davis, Harvest PR, 612.424.7545, eric@harvest-pr.com
Dr. Jessica Shade, The Organic Center, 202.403.8517, jshade@organic-center.org

WASHINGTON, DC (March 3, 2014) – With approved antibiotics for fire blight control expiring for organic apple and pear growers this fall, The Organic Center has released an essential report featuring existing practices and emerging research to help growers control fire blight while maintaining organic certification.

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Organic Trade Association forges new era of global organic trade

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 11:32

Unveils new online resources and hosts global buyers meetings at EXPO West

Contact: Sue McGovern (suemcgovern7@gmail.com; 781-315-3400)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 3, 2014) – Determined to secure the ongoing success of the global organic trade market that is projected to reach $100 billion by 2015, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) will launch online resources essential to the global organic import and export community and host foreign buyer meetings at Natural Products EXPO West March 6-8 from Booth 2010 in the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.

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U.S. Organic Cotton Survey reveals potential opportunities for future growth

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 10:36

Seed improvement, the GOTS label, and popularity of “Made in the USA” bode well for sector

Contact: Angela Jagiello (ajagiello@ota.com; 802-275-3831)

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2014)—Looking at the status of U.S. organic cotton production, the 2012 and Preliminary 2013 U.S. Organic Cotton Production & Marketing Trends report prepared by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) identifies three building blocks for the long-term success and viability of domestic organic cotton production.

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Dr. Charles Benbrook to be honored by The Organic Center

Tue, 02/18/2014 - 08:37

Researcher to receive organization’s prestigious Award of Excellence

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb 18, 2014)—The first recipient of The Organic Center’s (The Center’s) newly established Award of Excellence will be recognized in March at the organization’s annual VIP Dinner held in conjunction with Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, CA.

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Organic Trade Association applauds Senate passage of Farm Bill

Tue, 02/04/2014 - 08:30

Years of advocacy for organic priorities grow recognition for the sector

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2014)—The Senate’s passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 today clears the way for the bill to proceed to President Obama for final sign-off into law. The legislation, adopted by the House of Representatives on Jan. 29, includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years.

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Organic Trade Association applauds House passage of Farm Bill

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 08:38

Years of advocacy for organic priorities grow recognition for the sector

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 29, 2014)—The House of Representatives’ passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 this morning clears the way for the Senate to consider the bill, which includes numerous priorities the Organic Trade Association (OTA) has been seeking for more than two years.

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Data confirm organic lowers consumer exposure to pesticides

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 08:00

Jan 8, 2014 - These data confirm what numerous peer-reviewed studies have shown: that organic products have significantly lower rates of pesticide residues, while the few products that do show trace chemicals are at much lower levels than the average for conventional produce.

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Organic Trade Association names new CEO/Executive Director

Tue, 01/07/2014 - 09:00

Choice is seasoned organic professional Laura Batcha

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

Washington, D.C. (January 7, 2014) -The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today announced the appointment of a new CEO/Executive Director, with Laura Batcha now on board as the fourth executive director in the association's 29-year history. OTA is the North American membership-based trade association whose mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.

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Korean officials announce interim action to keep organic trade open

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:34

Market will stay open to U.S. organic exports beyond January 1

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 2, 2013)— Korean officials this week announced measures that will allow the continued stream of commerce for U.S. organic processed products for the next six months.

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Korean officials announce interim action to keep organic trade open

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 07:57

Market will stay open to U.S. organic exports beyond January 1

Contact: Barbara Haumann (bhaumann@ota.com; 802-275-3820)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 2, 2013)— Korean officials this week announced measures that will allow the continued stream of commerce for U.S. organic processed products for the next six months.

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Resolve to go organic in 2014

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 07:55

The Organic Center’s 10 New Year’s Resolutions to last a lifetime

Contact: Jessica Shade, Ph.D., The Organic Center, Phone 202-403-8517, 444 N. Capitol St. NW, DC 20001

Washington, D.C. (Dec. 31, 2013)— What is a New Year’s Resolution you can make today that can last a lifetime – and beyond? Going organic – which is good for you, your family and the planet.

For 2014, The Organic Center, the trusted source of information for scientific research about organic food and farming, offers 10 everyday, research-backed organic resolutions individuals can follow:

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