Bipartisan bill would increase organic research funding

Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) this spring introduced the Organic Agriculture Research Act of 2017, which would invest in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to meet the needs of the growing organic sector. Sales of organic products in the U.S. reached approximately $47 billion in 2016, and expectations are for continued growth as more consumers choose organic.

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Organic Trade Association shapes farm bill priorities from sector-wide feedback

In late 2016, more than 500 organic operations, from organic fruit and vegetable growers, grains and oilseed farmers, livestock and poultry producers, dairy farmers, organic processors, and food makers across 45 states, participated in a comprehensive farm bill survey conducted by the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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Updated Canadian Organic Market Report coming soon

In 2013, COTA published its first Organic Market Report as a baseline study for the organic sector in Canada. We are excited to be working on an updated version of this report with the most recent stats on the Canadian organic market, production and acreage, consumer preferences, and organic trade flows. For a taste of what you’ll see in the report, here are some highlights:

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Canada celebrates annual National Organic Week

The 7th annual Organic Week this past September 17-25 was the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products yet. Thousands of individual events and retail promotions were held across Canada, showcasing the benefits of organic and its positive impact on the environment and human health. Canada’s National Organic Week brought together the entire organic supply chain, consumers, and governments to celebrate this amazing sector. Here is a recap of the campaign:

Retail program

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Harnessing the Power of Industry, Scientists and the Public to Advance Organic Through Research

An update from The Organic Center

A trusted source of information about scientific research concerning organic food and farming, The Organic Center covers up-to-date studies on sustainable agriculture and health, and collaborates with academic and governmental institutions to fill gaps in our knowledge. The Organic Center also works to make the science of organic accessible to food producers so that they, in turn, can make organic food accessible to people of all walks of life.

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Update on OTA Sector Councils

Farmers Advisory Council


The Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) is growing its organizational and direct member participation. Numerous farmer organizations across the country have expressed interest in joining FAC, and OTA looks forward to working with each organization in facilitating their involvement. Similarly, as OTA continues to grow its direct farmer membership, we expect participation on FAC to develop in both its breadth and depth.

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Why I volunteered to serve on an OTA Task Force

OTA’s Fiber Council convened a task force of members in September to address the very heart of misleading organic claims and prepare comments on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and National Organic Program (NOP) joint consumer survey. The survey focused on consumers’ perception of false claims on non-food products, namely textiles and body care products.

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