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Associations are helpful because they serve as a resource for businesses or persons who participate in an industry. Information they might provide includes regulations, trends, and publications. Some associations do require full membership to take advantage of all the information provided.
American Peanut Council
..."represents all segments of the peanut industry. Members include peanut growers, peanut shellers, brokers, peanut product manufacturers, and suppliers of goods and services to the industry."
Association providing news, research, and support to the food industry.
National Peanut Board
The National Peanut Board is a research and promotion board that works on behalf of all USA peanut farmers. The Board's goal is to support and expand existing markets, develop new markets, and facilitate the economical production of high-quality, USA peanuts for consumers worldwide."
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."
Peanut & Tree Nut Processors Association
"To provide a common forum for the processors and manufacturers of peanuts, tree nuts, and related products, and the suppliers of goods and services, in order to further the advancement of the industry."
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.