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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Ardent Mills has expanded its producer program to a total of seven U.S. states and a Canadian Province while adding more organic certified milling and packaging locations along with storage since announcing efforts to help U.S. wheat growers double organic wheat acres last December.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is governed by a Board of Directors that is primarily elected by OTA’s trade membership. OTA’s three standing Board committees correspond to the broad governance functions that cut across all association operations. Together, the Board’s Executive, Community Relations, and Executive committees determine the full Board agenda.