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GREENFIELD, Mass. -- As organic products continue gain clout in the U.S., the trade group representing this segment is also increasing its influence. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) here has registered to lobby the federal government for the first time, according to a disclosure form cited yesterday in press reports.
OTA will monitor and lobby on issues related to organic agriculture. Its executive director, Caren Wilcox, is registered to lobby.
Wilcox is no stranger to government workings: She was formerly a senior adviser to the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture and, before that, was the first deputy under secretary for food safety at the Agriculture Department from 1997 to 2001, according to reports.