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Organic leaders honored at Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony

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Barbara Haumann (413-774-7511, Ext. 20)

CHICAGO, Illinois (May 7) -The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will recognize three organic industry leaders Monday evening, May 7, during OTA's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the 2007 All Things OrganicTM Conference and Trade Show here in Chicago.

Howard-Yana Shapiro, global director of plant science at Mars, Inc., and vice president of agriculture/research and development at Seeds of Change, will receive OTA's 2007 Organic Leadership Award. Shapiro created his original business to supply organic seed for farmers and to teach them how to farm organically. He continues to train people across the world to enter organic agriculture and has projects in Brazil, Ghana, Vietnam and Indonesia.

In addition, Larry Jacobs and Sandra Belin, founders of Jacobs Farm/Del Cabo, will receive OTA's Organic Farming Leadership Award. Jacobs and Belin have concentrated their efforts to establish viable, innovative and dynamic organic production by collaborating with small-scale growers in both California and the Baja California area of Mexico.

"OTA is pleased to honor these three leaders who have gone above and beyond to share their honor and respect for organic agriculture and practices, and to spread their vision to others," said Caren Wilcox, OTA's Executive Director. "It is most appropriate to pay them homage at a time when OTA seeks to advance organic agriculture by gaining further provisions for this agricultural sector in the upcoming U.S. Farm bill. Supporting USDA research on seeds appropriate for organic uses and technical assistance for farmers seeking to 'go organic' are building on the legacy of these leaders."

OTA's Leadership Awards recognize individuals for their remarkable contributions to the organic industry. They are selected for their commitment to the organic community and tireless efforts that have positively influenced many people and organizations beyond their individual company or business.

OTA's Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony will take place Monday, May 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. OTA envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. As a membership-based business association, the Organic Trade Association focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's 1,600 members include farmers, processors, importers, exporters, distributors, retailers, certifiers, and more. For further information, visit OTA's web site at

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