This fall, Organic Trade Association (OTA) held the first three of four meetings with organic stakeholders in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan from the Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems at Arizona State University. One meeting was for organic certifiers, one for national advocacy groups, one meeting was open to all, and the final meeting is for organic farmers, held in early 2022.  Organic Farmers Association will be co-hosting the national farmer meeting March 2, 2022 (Virtual) with the Organic Trade Association.  

Farmers can participate in 3 ways:

1.  Attend the National Organic Farmer Meeting on March 2.  (REGISTER HERE)  

2.  Attend a Local Farm Bill Listening Session hosted by your State or Regional Organic Farm Organization

3.  Complete a 20 minute Farm Bill survey    (SURVEY LINK)   (Download Survey for Print)

Collectively, the organic stakeholder workshops will explore what has and has not worked since the federal organic program was established and set a new pathway for the future. Participants are encouraged to bring their radical, innovative ideas to the table. The outcomes of the workshop will culminate in the release of a report outlining tangible improvements to the law and regulatory process within USDA and inform potential updates to the Organic Foods Production Act in the next farm bill.

FARMERS: Take the 20 Min Survey (instead of the mtg)

To download the survey questions click here. You may complete the survey via paper and mail-in or just review the survey before beginning online.

Organic Farm Organizations Hosting Organic Farmer Listening Sessions

OFA Partnership on the National Farmer Meeting

Organic Farmers Association was created to lead a strong unified national organic farmer voice.  The Farm Bill is an important legislative milestone every five years to advocate for policies and programs that enhance organic farming and farmers in the United States.  Organic Farmers Association will bring a grassroots effort to the national organic farmer meeting on March 2, 2022, and we invite state and regional groups to engage your organic farmer members in a state-level conversation to identify their farm bill priorities.  Organic farmers and either an organic farmer representative or staff/board from each organic farmer organization that has held a state-level stakeholder meeting will be invited to the March meeting to represent their farmer-members’ priorities.  Together we will identify national organic farmer priorities that represent a wide grassroots representation of what organic farmers need and want in the future of organic.

Questions?  Contact: Kate Mendenhall, Executive Director.