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September 12, 2014 State agricultural directors hosted by the Organic Trade Association

OTA stresses role of organic for states

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514, mmcneil@ota.com).

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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September 11, 2014 Millions taking part in “Organic-Palooza,” organic’s first-ever social media festival

Even more consumers are encouraged to participate in the remaining discussions

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514, mmcneil@ota.com).

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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September 10, 2014 Organic Center receives $5,000 matching grant for citrus greening research

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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

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

Contact: Maggie McNeil (202-403-8514, mmcneil@ota.com).

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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September 03, 2014 Organic thought leaders team up to get out organic message

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

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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August 07, 2014 Three organic visionaries to receive 2014 Organic Leadership Awards

Celebration set for September at American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

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

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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July 30, 2014 Organic industry briefs Congress on its efforts to fight deadly citrus disease

Concerns rising about dangerous chemicals being used to ward off disease

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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July 16, 2014 Organic Sector Encourages Provinces to Adopt National Organic Rules

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

French version: http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1387291/le-secteur-des-produits-biologiques-encourage-l-adoption-de-regles-nationales-par-les-provinces)

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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July 15, 2014 Conclusive study finds big nutritional benefits for organic

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

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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July 07, 2014 The Organic Center launches major research effort to fight citrus greening

Organic growers to get critical help in battling deadly disease

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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July 01, 2014 Organic Trade Association welcomes U.S.-Korea agreement

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

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 26, 2014 Aversion to GMOs becoming driving factor to buying organic

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

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 20, 2014 International market analyst Monique Marez joins Organic Trade Association Team

Strategic projects specialist will be Senior Manager for International Trade

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 18, 2014 Parents willing to pay the premium for organic food, survey shows

Price now less of a barrier to buying organic

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 17, 2014 Organic Trade Association to participate in IFT session on labeling organic products

Organic equivalency agreements open more doors to international markets

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 13, 2014 More parents choosing organic for their kids, says new study

Organic baby food making huge inroads, including in daycares

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 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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June 09, 2014 Organic Trade Association to lead panel discussion at United Fresh 2014

Leaders will explore impact of organic produce sales on overall produce growth

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-403-8514 or 202-615-7997)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 9, 2014)— What does it mean for fresh fruit and vegetable sales that almost a quarter of the carrots now being purchased in U.S. grocery stores are organic? What impact does the promotion of organic agriculture have on the overall fresh produce market?

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May 22, 2014 Organic farmers hone in on supply issues at OTA Policy Conference

Farmers Advisory Council meets with stakeholders to problem-solve

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-615-7997 or 202-403-8514)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 22, 2014)—The voice of organic farmers rang loud and clear at this year’s Organic Trade Association’s Annual Policy Conference in discussions convened by OTA’s new Farmers Advisory Council (FAC) on how to address increasing concerns over short supplies in the rapidly expanding organic sector.

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May 21, 2014 Kingdom of Bhutan shares story on commitment to go 100% organic

Organic Trade Association members gain inspiration from one nation’s path to organic

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-615-7997 or 202-403-8514)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014)—The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan may be one of the smallest nations in the world, but its recent decision to convert its agricultural production entirely to organic could have enormous implications for agricultural practices around the globe.

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Organic Industry honors Sen. Stabenow with Public Servant Award

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-615-7997 or 202-403-8514)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 21, 2014)--Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan was awarded the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA’s) Public Servant Award on Wednesday for her outstanding and critical support of the organic industry throughout her career.

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May 20, 2014 OTA Annual Policy Conference to Address Key Organic Issues

Fast-growing organic industry sees big opportunities, challenges

Contact: Maggie McNeil (mmcneil@ota.com; 202-615-7997 or 202-403-8514)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2014) -- Key players in the North American organic industry will find a full plate of issues to digest when they gather in Washington, D.C. for the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Annual Policy Conference on Wednesday, May 21.

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May 14, 2014 American appetite for organic products breaks through $35 billion mark

New survey shows organic sales jump nearly 12% in 2013 to a new record

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2014) -- American consumers have not had their fill of organic products yet. In fact, sales of organic products in the United States jumped to $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5% from the previous year’s $31.5 billion and the fastest growth rate in five years, according to the latest survey on the organic industry from the Organic Trade Association (OTA).

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May 12, 2014 Nominations sought for three prestigious Organic Leadership Awards

Deadline for 2014 submissions is May 30

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2014) — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is currently accepting nominations for its annual prestigious Organic Leadership Awards, which recognize organic heroes who have made a significant difference to organic agriculture, industry and trade.

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May 08, 2014 Veteran journalist Maggie McNeil joins OTA as head of Media Relations team

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 8, 2014) — The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has taken another important step in expanding the message and critical story of organic products to the public by hiring accomplished writer and editor Maggie McNeil as its Director of Media Relations.

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April 09, 2014 Seasoned organic specialist Nate Lewis joins Organic Trade Association team

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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March 12, 2014 The Organic Center’s VIP Dinner raises half a million dollars for research and education

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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March 06, 2014 OTA launches The Organic Market Basket e-newsletter for retailers

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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March 05, 2014 As Organic Rules Shift for Fire Blight Control, The Organic Center Releases Essential Suggestions for Apple and Pear Growers

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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February 28, 2014 Organic Trade Association forges new era of global organic trade

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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February 18, 2014 U.S. Organic Cotton Survey reveals potential opportunities for future growth

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

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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February 04, 2014 Organic Trade Association applauds Senate passage of Farm Bill

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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January 29, 2014 Organic Trade Association applauds House passage of Farm Bill

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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January 08, 2014 Data confirm organic lowers consumer exposure to pesticides

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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January 07, 2014 Organic Trade Association names new CEO/Executive Director

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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