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Organic group invites farmer input

Agriculture.com Staff Updated: 05/13/2013 @ 10:37am

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) recently announced formation of a new Farmers Advisory Council to provide input from small- to medium-size organic farmers, ranchers, and growers.

“One of OTA’s Core Values is the understanding that organic farms are the foundation of the organic industry. This advisory council will give organic farmers a vehicle to influence OTA’s policy and advocacy work,” said Perry Clutts of Pleasantview Farm in a statement. Clutts is the first farmer on OTA’s board of directors.

"Making up the new advisory council will be active farmers of small and medium-size operations serving as representatives of sector, state, and regional organic farming organizations," OTA said.

“Our new Farmers Advisory Council institutionalizes the farmer’s voice in all OTA does to grow and protect U.S. organic agriculture in the fast-changing political environment,” said Matt McLean of Uncle Matt’s Organic, a fourth-generation citrus grower and president of OTA’s board of directors.

Interested organic farmers and organic farming sector, state, and regional organizations should contact OTA’s executive vice president, Laura Batcha.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America.

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