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Brian Gion

Marketing Director

Northern Pulse Growers Association

Phone (office): 701-222-0128

Email: gion@northernpulse.com

COMPANY INFO

The Northern Pulse Growers Association is a nonprofit association representing dry pea, lentil, chickpea, lupin and fava bean growers from Montana and North Dakota. The Northern Pulse Growers Association strives to increase pulse producers profitability through education, research, domestic and international marketing and government relations.

The Northern Pulse Growers Association officially got its start on July 1, 2006. Growers in the region are represented by a ten person board representing seven districts from across Montana and North Dakota (three at-large). Board members are nominated and elected by fellow producers at the annual convention held in January of each year.

What is a pulse crop?

Pulse - a Latin word meaning thick soup - is used to describe the edible seeds of legumes. Pulse crops grown in North Dakota and Montana include: peas, lentils, chickpeas and favabeans.

As pulse acres have continued to expand throughout the region, the idea to develop an organization that encompassed growers from both Montana and North Dakota evolved. Growers in both states face similar issues in the areas of marketing, production and pulse research. A regional organization allows the states to share resources and to be a more effective within the domestic and international pulse industry.