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NRA Membership

The National Renderers Association represents U.S. and Canadian renderers. This includes both independent renderers and integrated packer/renderers who process their own animal byproducts, accounting for 95% of rendering in the United States and Canada. Our associate members provide vital support to our rendering members by supplying equipment and services and our allied members help return rendered products to the market for hundreds of uses.

NRA members are an essential link in the food, feed, and energy production chain. Rendering consistently, safely and, efficiently recycles over 56 billion pounds per year of U.S. livestock and poultry byproducts, as well as used cooking oil (UCO) collected from food service companies, restaurants, and food processors. These byproducts of the American agricultural and livestock industry provide vital products to other industries. Rendered products include fats, animal protein meal, fatty acids, tallow, and hides. Nothing is wasted. High-quality fats and proteins improve the nutrition of pet food, as well as livestock and aquaculture feed. Renderers also contribute essential ingredients for products such as biofuels, lubricants, plastics, printing ink, cosmetics, shaving cream, deodorant, perfumes, leather, polishes, cleaners, paints, candles, fireworks, crayons, and caulking compounds.

Why Become a Member?

The National Renderers Association is the international trade association for the rendering industry. We are proactive in addressing the needs of our members with the best interests of the industry in mind. The NRA has taken a leadership role in key areas such as biosecurity and food safety, trade policy, international market development, environmental sustainability, and community relations.

NRA is actively engaged representing renderers in regulatory and legislative issues. NRA members, staff, and government affairs committee members meet regularly with key government officials and members of Congress and their staff to advocate rendering industry positions and policies. We actively work with the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and other official bodies to accurately represent rendering and rendered products in regulatory and legislative matters.

National and regional NRA meetings are an excellent opportunity to network with other renderers and rendering related businesses, stay on top of changing industry technology and trends, and guide the future of rendering.

Members of the World Renderers Organization have joined together to work on issues of mutual concern affecting the rendering industry. The National Renderers Association is proud of our role in the creation and continued success of the WRO.

Join Us

Contact Heather Davis at or 703.683.0155 to learn more or for a membership application.

Active Member status in the Association is open to any individual, firm, partnership, or corporation having a place of business within the United States or Canada, that engages in processing oil and/or animal or poultry by-product raw material into finished rendered products; such as tallow, lard, grease, meat and bone meal, poultry meal, feather meal, blood meal, and many other products. Dues are set by the NRA Board of Directors, based on rendering capacity with minimum and maximum levels. Acceptance into membership is decided by the NRA Board of Directors. Contact Heather for more information about Active Membership.

Associate Membership is open to business partners of U.S. and Canadian renderers who provide goods and/or services to the rendering industry and share a common interest with them, including (but not limited to) equipment manufacturers, transportation providers, and testing labs. Click here or contact Heather for more information on Associate Membership.

Allied Membership is open to business partners of U.S. and Canadian renderers who buy or broker finished rendered products, including traders and pet food and livestock feed producers. Click here or contact Heather for more information on Allied Membership.

The Association is divided geographically into three areas in North America: Eastern, Central, or Pacific Coast. Members join through the regional area in which their plant or firm headquarters is located.

All members are listed each year in the Member Directory published in Render magazine and on the NRA website.

Contact Heather Davis at or 703.683.0155 to learn more and recieve your membership application.