(March 11, 3:53 p.m.) Caren Wilcox, executive director of the Organic Trade Association, is stepping down from her post.

Wilcox, who has been with the Greenfield, Mass.-based association for nearly two years, recently submitted her resignation but is scheduled to stay on board through the end of the OTA’s fiscal year in June, said press secretary Barbara Haumann.

The organization’s annual trade show, All Things Organic, is April 26-29 in Chicago.

Throughout her tenure, Wilcox has been very instrumental in lobbying for the organic industry’s representation in the farm bill, Haumann said.

“She came at a real crucial time,” Haumann said. “It’s been really good to have her as an executive director these two years, with her experience in Washington (D.C.) and working on the farm bill.”

The OTA’s board of directors is responsible for finding a successor, Haumann said, but no strategy has been mapped out for finding a new executive director.

Wilcox did not return a phone call for comment March 11.

OTA director Wilcox stepping down
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