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USA: OTA’s organic activities at Natural Products Expo East

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Organic activities were organized by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) at Natural Products Expo East that took place in Baltimore from 26 to 28 September 2013. “From witnessing the signing of an historic organic equivalence arrangement with Japan to hearing our members share their priorities for the future at our Annual Meeting, our organic-related activities offered an exciting, jam-packed time for the Organic Trade Association and its members,” said Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Vice President. (Picture: OTA's Board of Directors)

The announcement of organic equivalence between Japan and the USA marked a first with Asia and the third for the USA. Under its provisions certified organic products as of 1 January 2014 can move freely between the USA and Japan. Meanwhile, during OTA’s Annual Meeting, members had the opportunity to meet OTA’s new Board of Directors (picture) now headed by Melody Meyer of UNFI.  In an inspirational Organic Leadership Awards celebration, OTA and attendees honored Arran and Ratana Stephens of Nature’s Path Foods with the Growing Organic Industry Award, Kyle Mathison of Stemilt Growers with the Organic Farmer of the Year Award, and Karen and Colin Archipley of Archi’s Acres / VSAT with the Rising Star Award.

OTA members also had the opportunity to meet with high-level government officials at the OTA Member Lounge in a roundtable discussion with USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service Administrator Anne Alonzo and USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service Administrator Phil Karsting. All of this, and more, took place in conjunction with impressive educational lineup of 13 conference sessions on topics of interest to farmers, manufacturers, retailers, certifiers, marketers, and organic advocates. Among the sessions were several on a proposed Organic Research and Promotion Program, and a discussion led by The Organic Center concerning potential research priorities for the sector. In addition, OTA had a full house for its Organic Political Action Committee (Organic PAC) fundraiser at a ballgame at Camden Yards.

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