About 175 attendees are expected at the annual Organic Trade Association Policy Conference in Washington D.C. on May 21.
The association, based in Brattleboro, Vt., is scheduled to honor Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., with its Public Servant Award for her work on the farm bill, according to a news release. The senator supported provisions in the farm bill that could lead to a national check-off program for the organic industry to boost research and promotions, according to the release.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to address the conference about the future of organic agriculture in America.
Kesang Tshomo, coordinator of the National Organic Program for the Kingdom of Bhutan, is also on the agenda. Bhutan recently announced plans to convert all agriculture within its borders to organic production, which would make it the first 100% organic nation.
Highlights of the conference are scheduled to be streamed live at http://www.ota.com/advocacy/events/policy-conference-live-stream.html.