Toast to Phil LaRocca at OTA's Leadership Awards Celebration

Tickets are now on sale for the Organic Trade Association’s 2017 Leadership Awards Celebration dinner. The Wednesday, September 13, celebration is the kick-off event to Natural Products Expo East. Join us to recognize three pioneers receiving the 2017 Organic Leadership Awards. Re-connect with friends and colleagues at the annual membership meeting, enjoy a delicious organic meal served family-style, and relax and network in our dessert lounge. 
This year’s event will take place at the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore. Register now for early bird tickets and check out the sponsorship opportunities while they’re still available.
CCOF Board of Directors Chair Phil LaRocca will be recognized as OTA’s Organic Farmer of the Year at the event. “Phil has been an organic champion for decades, and still generously shares his knowledge and passion as chairman of the CCOF Board of Directors. His inexhaustible drive is what continually propels CCOF forward and keeps us thinking about how we can serve the organic community—and especially organic farmers—better year after year,” said CCOF Executive Director/CEO Cathy Calfo. “We are thrilled to see Phil recognized as Farmer of the Year—it couldn’t be more well deserved.”
This article was adapted from the Organic Trade Association’s News Flash.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for the organic trade in the United States, representing over 8,500 organic businesses across 50 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. Organic products represented include organic foods, ingredients and beverages, as well as organic fibers, personal care products, pet foods, nutritional supplements, household cleaners and flowers. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members.
OTA’s member organic businesses work together through networking, advocacy, and other initiatives to encourage and protect organic farming practices, and to share messages about the positive environmental and nutritional attributes of organic products with consumers, the media, and policymakers.