An organization that promote the benefits of organic farming is moving to the nation’s capitol and combining forces with the organic industry’s trade group.

Center unites with Organic Trade AssociationThe Boulder, Colo.-based Organic Center is relocating to Washington, D.C., and will now be managed by the Brattleboro, Vt.-based Organic Trade Association, according to a news release.

The Organic Center remains an independent non-profit 501(c) (3) organization, but will be administered by the OTA, according to the release.

The Organic Center tries to conduct and communicate the science behind organic agriculture while the OTA is a membership-based business association for North American organic agriculture and products, according to the release.

The Organic Center plans to continue its mission but combining efforts under one administrative umbrella should help efficiencies and access to government and foundation grants, Mark Retzloff, the center’s board chairman, said in the release.

This should bring more resources for organic research and education, OTA president Matt McLean, chief executive officer of Clermont, Fla.-based Uncle Matt’s Organic Inc., said in the release.

“The OTA and the Organic Center have worked separately but cooperatively over the years to fulfill their respective yet related missions,” McLean said in the release. “By moving the Organic Center to D.C., it gains the same access to OTA’s established resources. This endeavor will directly benefit the organic industry.”

There are more than 6,500 Organic Trade Association members.