Membership Info

USPLTA MEMBERS - Be a Part of Something Bigger to Help Guide the Growth of the U.S. Dry Pea, Lentil and Chickpea Industry

The USPLTA was established in 1962 to represent and support those engaged in processing, merchandising, brokering and warehousing dry peas, lentils, chickpeas, and related activities.

As the industry has grown, the Membership now includes food manufacturing and processing, transportation and port, bagging and equipment, and other industry-related companies.

Voting Members:

Voting Members include Processors, First Purchaser/Elevators, Warehousemen/Seed Dealers, Exporter/Dealers, Broker/Commission Agents and Finished Product Processor/Food Manufacturers.

Non-Voting Members:

Non-voting Members are associated companies including Financial, Chemical/Seed Treatment, Packaging/Bagging, Transportation, Ports and those engaged in closely related industry activities.


International Market Development:

  • International Trade Shows
  • International Trade Missions
  • Inbound Foreign Buyers Missions
  • Foreign Market Research & Development
  • Access to the foreign market database
  • Pulse production & trade database
  • Food Aid announcements
  • Industry Rules of Conduct
  • Trade barrier reductions
  • Promote the "US Standard for Quality"

Domestic Market Development:

  • Pulse Branding Campaign
  • Food industry outreach
  • Foodservice training events
  • Research & Development innovation summits
  • Health professionals outreach
  • School nutrition & policy promotion
  • Consumer social media campaigns
  • Trade show promotions
  • Consumer research trends


  • New crop protection programs
  • Health and Nutrition research
  • Sustainability and Production research
  • Innovative product development seminars
  • Improved varieties
  • Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) harmonization
  • Functionality and End Use research

Info. & Government Education:

  • Pulse Crop Health Initiative
  • School Nutrition & the School Pulse Crop Products Program
  • Transportation
  • Farm programs and Food Aid
  • Trade rules
  • Grading standards for dry peas, lentils and chickpeas
  • Industry publications


The Pulse Brand

The USPLTA has an additional benefit for members: Membership in The Pulse Program. The Pulse Program was created by the global pulse industry as a way to share information on pulse nutrition, health, sustainability, processing, applications and consumer insights with stakeholders. Members-only also have access to a Pulse Research Database, updates and summary reports.  Nominal fees vary depending on membership level.

Double Bonus!!

Launched in the US and Canada in 2017, the Half-Cup Habit is a campaign to inspire consumers to eat more pulses and raise awareness of their benefits. The campaign is supported by social media advertising in addition to other promotions. USPLTA members who use the Pulse Brand can also use the Half-Cup Habit symbol.

Website ( & Trade directory:

  • Inclusion on our website in the Trade Directory section with your company information, logo and direct link to your company website
  • Members-only statistics and reports
  • Annual hard copy of Trade Directory of member companies
  • Hard copy includes research, extension & related industries
  • Hard copy also includes current board and committee member listings and contact information

Trade leads:

  • Members receive representation and leads from international trade shows including SIAL, the world's largest food show exhibition and ANUGA, the world's largest food industry trade fair with over 7000 exhibitors from more than 100 countries. Other international trade leads are also shared.
  • Representation and leads from U.S. events including School Nutrition Association conference, International Food Technology meeting and food expo and other related major marketing events
  • Leads from domestic trade shows and website

Annual Meeting:

  • Member rates (discounted) for attending the annual convention
  • Informative agenda
  • Opportunities for networking with other membes of industry

Weekly newsletter: Pulse Pipeline

  • Market and pricing information
  • Weekly market and pricing information
  • Relevant issues, latest research & crop protection information

Electronic distribution of publications:

  • Statistical reports
  • Market news
  • P.L. 480 announcements and Section 32 announcements
  • Annual meeting information
  • "High Priority" immediate and direct notifications

Additional privileges:

  • Direct industry efforts in Research, International, Domestic Marketing, Outreach, & Education
  • Participate on Trade Association committees including
    • Foreign Marketing
    • Domestic Marketing
    • Research & Seed
    • Government Liaison
    • Transportation
    • Fair Average Quality
  • Participate as a team member on annual Washington DC mission, meeting with congressional offices, USDA agencies and others on behalf of the industry
  • Access to international and domestic trade teams
  • Be eligible to travel on behalf of the industry to domestic and/or international events
  • Provide input and guidance for national industry efforts in Research, International Marketing, Domestic Marketing and Policy

For more information, contact us at:

2780 W. Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-882-3023


Mail applications and dues to:

USPLTA Member Services - Attn: Kim Monk
2780 W Pullman Road
Moscow, ID 83843

Checks for dues made out to: USPLTA

For more information, contact Kim Monk at 208-882-3023 or email

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