Organic Trade Association & Action items: News Flash, March 9, 2022

EXPO WEST

Natural Products Expo West is now taking place in Anaheim, CA, as an in-person event yesterday through March 12. If you are attending, be sure to visit our Booth 1947 in the Expo West Organic Pavilion. Our staff also will take part in the organic education series today (March 9). These include:

  • Alexis Carey, our Associate Director of International Trade, speaking on U.S. Organic Trade – International Market Opportunities & Trade Policy Update
  • Angela Jagiello, our Director of Education and Insights, serving as discussion leader and presenter on Marketing & Messaging for the Organic Consumer  
  • Stephanie Jerger, our Vice President of Administration, serving as a panelist on The Human & Planetary Health Benefits of Organic.

Check out our webpage for our activities, and contact Adrienne Messe with any questions or to set up a meeting at our booth. OTA is also partnering with Food Export Midwest in bringing a diverse set of buyers to Expo West from around the world.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND POLICY

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) Spring 2022 Meeting Agenda and Meeting Packet were published last week and the comment period is open. NOSB is presenting 7 proposals for a vote, 4 discussion documents, and 30 sunset materials for discussion. As a service to our members, we have condensed the 154-page meeting packet into a 16-page comprehensive summary.  We are calling on organic farms and businesses to fill out our Sunset Surveys for a new round of National List items that are undergoing re-review. The deadline to submit written comments and/or sign up for oral comments is April 1st at midnight Eastern. Please review the information for topics that may impact your organic business, and reach out to OTA’s Regulatory Team for questions and to provide feedback to inform our comments. Contact Johanna Mirenda or Gwendolyn Wyard.

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