We are thrilled to announce that our Executive Director, Margaret Scoles, has been awarded the 2018 Growing Organic Industry Award by the Organic Trade Association.
|The nomination letter notes,
"It is not an exaggeration to say that most every certified organic product on earth is only a few degrees of separation from Margaret. Whether it's food, textiles, beauty care products; whether it is Europe or Asia or the USA--the chances are that each item was inspected, certified and/or produced by someone who attended an IOIA training, or was trained by someone who attended an IOIA training. The reach of Margaret's leadership has touched all sectors and corners of organic production around the world."
Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit a letter of endorsement!
Margaret Scoles, Finally!The OTA 2018 Leadership Awards Celebration will take place Wednesday, September 12, at the Columbus Center in Baltimore, MD
The International Organic Inspectors Association (IOIA) is the professional organization of organic inspectors and offers training and networking world-wide for crop, livestock, and processing inspectors. IOIA was founded in 1991 by organic inspectors who recognized the need for uniform inspector processes and protocols to build inspector skills and promote public confidence. IOIA launched the first inspector accreditation program for organic inspectors in 1994. Incorporated in the USA as a nonprofit, IOIA operates globally with nearly 250 inspector members in more than a dozen countries. Supporting membership is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations that support IOIA’s goals.
The IOIA Training Institute trains hundreds of working and new inspectors annually through dozens of on-site or web-based internationally recognized training events. IOIA collaborates within the organic sector with governmental agencies including the USDA National Organic Program, certification agencies, and other nonprofit educational entities, to ensure quality inspections, quality inspectors, and organic integrity. Inspectors are typically the only persons on-site annually to verify organic practices for both private and governmental certification bodies.
We make sure that Organic really means Organic!
IOIA is a member of:
- International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements
- Organic Trade Association
- Accredited Certifiers Association
- Green America
- Montana Nonprofit Association
IOIA supports through subscriptions:
- Canadian Organic Growers
- Organic Materials Review Institute
- The Organic Standard
- The Organic & Non-GMO Report