Pulses (peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas) are important to farmers and consumers in the United States.
· Pulses, in rotation with cereal grains, help build healthier, higher-yielding soils and reduce the need for chemical fertilizers
· Greater legume consumption helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and a range of diet-related health issues afflicting much of the developed world where people eat too much sugar, simple carbohydrates and meat.
The USA’s two pulse industry associations, USADPLC and USDBC, work to promote pulse production in the United States, and pulse consumption across the globe.
United States Dry Bean Council
The United States Dry Bean Council (USDBC) is a private trade association comprised of leaders in the bean industry with the common goal of promoting the U.S. edible bean trade, both in the United States and abroad, and educating U.S. consumers about the benefits of beans. The USDBC gives a voice to the bean industry and provides information to consumers, health professionals, buyers, suppliers and the media about the good taste, nutritional value and versatility of beans.
The USDBC also is a resource for information on U.S. exporters, overseas importers, U.S. dry bean classes, trade policy issues and the role of U.S.-grown beans in international food-aid efforts. USDBC also publishes foreign language newsletters and other publications designed to help overseas importers, packagers and canners better understand and maintain contact with the U.S. dry bean exporting trade.
As part of USDBC’s mission, the organization collaborates with public health organizations, research centers, universities, and the entire supply chain, from seed suppliers to farmers, processors, wholesalers, distributors and transporters.
While the USDBC is privately funded, its representatives work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in overseas markets, and often co-sponsors activities with the U.S. Government. These activities include hosting trade missions from foreign countries to visit U.S. production and processing facilities, participating in trade shows worldwide, coordinating trade missions of U.S. exporters and growers to visit overseas markets and producing education
The USDBC is headquartered in in Pierre, South Dakota. In addition, USDBC representatives around the world facilitate activities and dialog between U.S. and overseas trade.
USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council
The USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC) was established in 1965 as a non-profit organization to promote and protect the interests of growers, processors, warehousemen and sellers of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas in the United States.
The 5,000 growers, processors, exporters and associates represented by the USADPLC take pride in their ability to produce the highest quality dry peas, lentils and chickpeas for national and international markets. U.S. dry peas, lentils and chickpeas – earning the “Standard of Quality” seal every day.
The Council is comprised of the Washington Dry Pea & Lentil Commission, the Idaho Dry Pea & Lentil Commission, the North Dakota Dry Pea & Lentil Council, and the USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council Processor/Exporter Division and Grower Division.
These groups pool their funding to support domestic marketing, international marketing, research, and educational programs for dry peas, lentils and chickpeas grown across the northern tier of the United States.
Research is a vital component of maintaining the competitiveness of the dry pea, lentil and chickpea industry. The USADPLC facilitates and funds research for improved varieties, developing new products and deciphering nutrition profiles of our commodities.
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U.S. Pulse Production Reports
U.S. Pulse Exporters
U.S. Dry Bean Council
USA Dry Pea & Lentil Council