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Associations are helpful because they serve as a resource for businesses or persons who participate in an industry. They might provide information such as regulations, trends, and publications. Some associations do require full membership to take advantage of all the information provided.
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association
This association's vision is "to establish a strong network of independent natural food retailers of all sizes who have come together for to strengthen their position in the market place."
Organic Consumers Association
"An online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics."
Organic Trade Association
"A membership-based business association that focuses on the organic business community in North America. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy."
National Organic Program (from the USDA)
"The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards for organic agricultural products."
The sources below can help you identify associations for different industries. So can a search engine like www.google.com
A listing of trade associations and shows provided by Marketing Mentor.