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Organic leaders assess strategic challenges now and in future

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:17

OTA says expanding organic acreage is key issue for next decade

BALTIMORE, Maryland (Sept. 18, 2014) – The state of the organic industry is thriving, filled with opportunities on a host of fronts but faced with challenges on many, said Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha at the Natural Products Expo East trade show in Baltimore on Thursday.

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

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:20

Board members announced at OTA’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore Sept. 17

BALTIMORE, MD (Sept. 18, 2014) –Melissa Hughes of Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was tapped on Wednesday as the new president of the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors by fellow Board members. Elected as an OTA director in 2013, Hughes is General Counsel and Director of Government Affairs for Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative.

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New program promotes using organic t-shirts for marketing

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:37

OTA members get discount on T-shirts produced using strict organic processing standards

Contact: Barbara Haumann (; 802-275-3820).

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 16, 2014) –The Organic Trade Association (OTA) wants to prove that doing good can be a win-win deal for everyone involved. In a new partnership with sustainable fashion manufacturer MetaWear, OTA is encouraging its members to promote their businesses, brands and causes on custom-printed organic, eco-friendly t-shirts, and support their trade association at the same time.

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Industry “ambassador” selected for first OTA Member of the Year Award

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:36

Steve Crider of Amy’s Kitchen to be honored at OTA Annual Meeting

Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820,

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 15, 2014) – Steve Crider doesn’t see a problem with being outspoken and tenacious, especially when it comes to getting things done in Washington to support the organic food and agriculture movement and to act as advocate and champion for the organic industry.

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State agricultural directors hosted by the Organic Trade Association

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 09:31

OTA stresses role of organic for states

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 12, 2014) – Organic Trade Association Executive Director and CEO Laura Batcha told the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Friday that organic farming is in all states, and that state directors of agriculture who care about jobs and vitality should care about organic.

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Millions taking part in “Organic-Palooza,” organic’s first-ever social media festival

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:43

Even more consumers are encouraged to participate in the remaining discussions

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON (Sept. 11, 2014) –Four days in, nearly 10 million* consumers have either taken part in or been exposed to “Organic-Palooza,” the organic industry’s first-ever social media festival.

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Organic Center receives $5,000 matching grant for citrus greening research

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 12:47

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2014) -- A new matching grant from RSF Social Financial to The Organic Center will help increase the impact of the public’s contribution to find organic solutions to the devastating citrus disease called citrus greening.

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OTA to highlight key organic issues at Natural Products Expo East

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 11:21

Consumer concerns, GMOs, latest trends top OTA’s “All Things Organic” in Baltimore

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514,

WASHINGTON (Sept. 10, 2014) – It’s been a busy year for the organic industry. Record sales in the United States, intensifying competition for the attention of the increasingly savvy organic consumer, and a dogged debate over what organic really stands for have meant a very full plate for the organic community.

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Organic thought leaders team up to get out organic message

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 06:28

Organic Trade Association to throw first-ever #OrganicFestival on social media

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (Sept. 3, 2014) – It’s party time at the Organic Trade Association. For 10. Straight. Days. And everyone’s invited.

September is “Organic Month,” and OTA and its member companies are teaming up with other leading organic influencers to throw “Organic-Palooza,” a first-ever 10-day social media festival that gets going on September 8 to celebrate the benefits of organic, clear up confusion about what organic really stands for, and share how and why consumers should incorporate more organic – whether it’s organic food or organic fiber – into their lives.

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Three organic visionaries to receive 2014 Organic Leadership Awards

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 08:19

Celebration set for September at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

Contact: Barbara Haumann (802-275-3820;

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 7, 2014)—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 example of a better way to farm, and an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry will be honored next month by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for their visionary work that is transforming organic farming and trade.

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Organic industry briefs Congress on its efforts to fight deadly citrus disease

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:07

Concerns rising about dangerous chemicals being used to ward off disease

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (July 29, 2014) – As concerns rise over the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals in many of the most productive citrus regions of the country to fight off a deadly citrus disease, staff members from more than a dozen congressional offices gathered for a briefing on Tuesday to hear from the organic industry on its efforts to find safe approved organic ways to ward off the threat.

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Organic Sector Encourages Provinces to Adopt National Organic Rules

Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:18

Contact: Matthew Holmes, Executive Director
, Canada Organic Trade Association
, (613) 482-1717

French version:

OTTAWA, July 15, 2014 The Canada Organic Trade Association is congratulating the Province of New Brunswick on new organic regulations announced in June. The new rules ensure products sold as organic in the province meet strict national standards. New Brunswick joins Quebec and Manitoba as the only provinces that have adopted Canada's national organic regime.

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Conclusive study finds big nutritional benefits for organic

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 08:13

Study reinforces what millions of consumers already know: organic makes a difference

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) – A major new study from the United Kingdom finds conclusive evidence that organic crops, and the food made from them, are nutritionally superior to their conventional counterparts, corrects many of the shortcomings of earlier studies and should put to rest any doubts about the benefits of organic, said the lead scientist of The Organic Center in responding to the landmark study.

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The Organic Center launches major research effort to fight citrus greening

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:16

Organic growers to get critical help in battling deadly disease

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2014) – On any day, a carton of orange juice can be found in almost 7 out of 10 American refrigerators. Americans drink more than 550 million gallons of orange juice every year with more than 60 million gallons of that juice being organic. And the appetite for organic juice – and organic citrus -- is just getting bigger.

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Organic Trade Association welcomes U.S.-Korea agreement

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:13

OTA sees pact creating jobs, opportunity for U.S. organic sector

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (July 1, 2014) – The Organic Trade Association (OTA) today welcomed a new organic equivalency arrangement between the United States and Korea, saying it reopens a critically important Asian market for U.S. organic processed food products, and will create jobs and opportunity for the American organic food and farming sector.

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Aversion to GMOs becoming driving factor to buying organic

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 10:34

Health motivation still top reason to go organic; parents also want to steer clear of GMO

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2014) -- 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 non-organic item in the shopping cart, the desire to stay away from foods that have been genetically modified has never been greater.

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International market analyst Monique Marez joins Organic Trade Association Team

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 12:34

Strategic projects specialist will be Senior Manager for International Trade

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (June 23) -- Monique Marez this week joins the staff of the Organic Trade Association (OTA) as its Senior Manager for International Trade. Marez most recently served as Strategic Projects Manager for Great Performances, a leader in the hospitality industry that specializes in using and promoting organic food.

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

Wed, 06/18/2014 - 11:14

Price now less of a barrier to buying organic

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2014) -- 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 parents are willing to dig deeper into their wallets to buy products that carry the organic seal.

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Organic Trade Association to participate in IFT session on labeling organic products

Tue, 06/17/2014 - 07:54

Organic equivalency agreements open more doors to international markets

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 17, 2014)—U.S. organic producers have more opportunities than ever to export their harvest now that the United States has agreements covering organic products with the European Union, Canada and Japan, and one nearly finalized with Korea. Taking advantage of such international market opportunities will be among the topics in an Organic Trade Association-led panel discussion at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo in New Orleans later this week.

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More parents choosing organic for their kids, says new study

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 08:44

Organic baby food making huge inroads, including in daycares

Contact: Maggie McNeil (; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2014) -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill may be fighting over the standards of the lunches being served to American children in schools, but in households across the nation, parents are in growing agreement that organic food is the most healthy choice for the meals they are in charge of, shows a new study by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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