The USPLTA was established in 1962 to represent and support processors, warehousemen and sellers of dry peas, lentils and chickpeas. A board of 9 trade members is chaired by Justin Flaten of JM Grain in Garrison, ND and represents the trade industry's interests in a host of different issues including: market access, transportation, export and P.L. 480 programs, grading standards and trade rules.

In addition to representation in the national and international pulse industry, membership in the USPLTA offers the following benefits:

  • Trade Leads - timely market information and exposure to new markets
  • Trade Directory - address book distributed to members and customers
  • Web Listing - contact information published on industry website
  • Pulse Pipeline Newsletter - weekly publication with markets and current issues

Trade Rules

The US Pea & Lentil Trade Association (USPLTA), the membership organization representing the trade portion of the pulse industry, adopted Arbitration Rules (May 15, 1963) and Trade Rules (October 22, 1994) to govern and maintain a consistent business setting in all transactions within the pulse industry. Both sets of rules are reviewed annually at the fall trade convention where amendments are proposed and voted on.

Download the pdf 2016 USPLTA Trade Rules (233 KB) .

Become a USPLTA member

Read the pdf 2016 USPLTA Trade Rules (233 KB) and call for an application. Kim Monk, 208-882-3023.

Membership classifications include voting members (processor, first purchaser/elevator, warehouseman/seed dealer, exporter/dealer, broker/commission agent, finished product processor/food manufacturer) and non-voting members (associate member, associate international firm, retired member, honorary member).

For further membership information, contact Kim Monk at (208) 882-3023 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

USPLTA Convention

Each year, the US Pea & Lentil Trade Association (USPLTA) holds a convention at the end of September. It's the perfect opportunity to get up-to-speed on the latest happenings in the dry pea, lentil and chickpea industry as well as network with other trade members.

Visit the USPLTA Convention website for more information!