CCOF Members Advocate for Organic in Washington D.C.

CCOF Member Darrell Wood of Leavitt Lake Ranches and Panorama Meats with California Senator Dianne Feinstein
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) held its annual Organic Week in Washington D.C. in late May. Hundreds of organic advocates flocked to DC to participate in the events, which included two conferences and meetings with congressional offices on Capitol Hill.
Organic Week began with The Organic Center’s Organic Confluences Summit. The summit brought together farmers, scientists, and organic stakeholders to discuss organic extension and knowledge transfer. CCOF member Javier Zamora of JSM Organics spoke on a panel titled “Importance of Communication Among Diverse Stakeholders.”
On the Hill Visits Day, CCOF members joined organic stakeholders from all over the nation to meet with their congressional representatives and to advocate for organic priorities in the 2018 Farm Bill. CCOF members have engaged in advocacy activity around the farm bill such as attending in-district meetings, signing letters and making calls to their elected officials, and attending congressional meetings. 
Organic Week concluded with OTA’s 2018 Policy Conference. Presentations included discussions on trends in the organic marketplace, international organic trade, blockchain technology, and a congressional keynote from Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey. CCOF Director of Policy & Government Affairs Kelly Damewood moderated a panel on farm-level innovations with CCOF member Darrell Wood of Leavitt Lake Ranches and Panorama Meats, who spoke about organic ranching and conservation. 
Organic Week is a great opportunity for organic stakeholders of all types to share, discuss, and celebrate our thriving community. If you are interested in attending future events or have questions, please contact CCOF’s Policy Team.