The U.S. Canola Association is the only U.S. agricultural organization representing all industry segments, including farmers, processors, food manufacturers, exporters, seed companies and crop protection companies. Each membership segment has an equal voice in policy development and together they form a broader base for action on legislative, research and regulatory issues. Benefits of membership include federal representation, issues management, research and technical assistance, information and communication services.
There are six types of membership:
- Producer Members are actively involved in farming in the United States with an interest in canola.
- Industry Members include any domestic business, organization or individuals of U.S. residence interested in expanding the U.S. canola sector.
- Associate Members include any domestic or international business, organization or individual interested in U.S. canola.
- Contributory Members are domestic or foreign businesses, organizations or individuals who contribute financially to the USCA.
- Student Members should be currently enrolled in a university agronomy program and have an interest in canola.
- Honorary Members are individuals appointed by the USCA board who have given outstanding service to the association or U.S. canola sector.
Among producer board members, all U.S. canola growing regions are represented, including:
- North Central (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin)
- Great Plains (Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Colorado, Missouri, California, Nevada, Nebraska, Arizona, and New Mexico)
- Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah)
- South (Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida)