OFRF Goes to Washington

April 13, 2015 - OFRF Executive Director Brise Tencer joined with Organic Trade Association colleagues this morning for a well-attended briefing to House Organic Caucus staffers, kicking off a week-long series of events for OTA’s annual Policy Conference & Hill Visit Days.

Tencer joined OTA CEO Laura Batcha, Vice-president of Government Affairs Marni Karlin and Board Chair Missy Hughes, and CCOF President of Certification Services Jake Lewin, to bring Capitol Hill denizens up-to-date on the successes, challenges and critical needs of the fast-growing organic industry.

“The policy conference is Wednesday and our Capitol Hill visits are Thursday, so this was an opportunity to give our Congressional champions a preview of the most current issues facing organic,” Tencer said. “We are discussing a range of issues, but the focus is absolutely about how to boost the supply of organic production, farms and farmers.”

With demand for organic soaring, and U.S. organic farmers and ranchers unable able to keep up with the domestic demand for organic foods, organic advocates and industry representatives are seeking greater public investment in organic farming research, and in the USDA’s National Organic Program.

The OTA will host a live broadcast of this year’s Policy Conference on April 15, beginning at 9 a.m. EST. For more information on the webcast, go to https://ota.com/programs-and-events/policy-conference-hill-visit-days.

Maria Gaura - OFRF