Terms of Use

The Bean Institute™ and this website are owned and operated by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, Frazee, MN.  (The Bean Institute™ is a service mark of the University of North Dakota and is used with permission.)  The Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NBGA) advises you of the following Terms of Use associated with this site.  Please read all of these Terms carefully.  Use of this site by you constitutes your express acceptance of these Terms, subject to change at any time by the NBGA.  Please review this section of the site periodically for any changes in these Terms, since use subsequent to any change in policies constitutes your acceptance of revised Terms.  These Terms apply to all of the pages and content within this site, and as appropriate, refer to your use of this site to access information contained in and owned or operated by third-parties who may or may not be affiliated with the NBGA.

  1. Site Security Concerns and Your Conduct
    1. You agree not to tamper with, “hack,” or otherwise attempt to disrupt or damage in any way the operation of this site;
    2. You agree not to upload or distribute original or altered text which in any way infringes upon the intellectual property rights of third-parties;
    3. You agree that you will not use this site as a vehicle to harass, defame, or invade the privacy of others;
    4. You agree to hold harmless and indemnify the NBGA and the University of North Dakota as well as any partners or advertisers on this site in any action arising from your alleged misuse and/or abuse of content contained in or associated with this site;
    5. You agree that you will not edit, modify, or otherwise alter the content contained or referenced through this site in such manner as to misrepresent the original content, or defraud, deceive or mislead a third party; and
    6. You agree to attribute the source(s) of content in any copies or subsequent re-transmission of materials originating in or accessed through links associated with this site.
  2. Warranties
    1. Neither NBGA nor the University of North Dakota nor any partners or advertisers guarantees the accuracy, validity, and/or reliability of any information contained in or referenced by association with this site;
    2. Neither NBGA nor the University of North Dakota nor any partners or advertisers warrants the security of other websites and cannot be responsible for any violations by users of the terms and policies of use of other websites, nor the transmission of viruses, worms, and/or other devices which may be disruptive to the user’s software or hardware;
    3. Content contained in, or referenced through association with this site is on an “AS IS” basis and presented without warranties of any kind; and
    4. Users of this site, the content contained in or associated by reference to this site assume all responsibilities for any actions arising from subsequent transmissions or use of materials.
  3. Use of Medical and/or Health Information
    1. It is expressly understood that through this site neither the NBGA nor the University of North Dakota nor any partners or advertisers offer personal, individual and/or group advice on the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, or outcomes associated with any health-related concerns;
    2. The NBGA recommends that all users seek the advice of competent medical professionals in the diagnosis and treatment of all personal medical issues; and
    3. Neither the NBGA nor the University of North Dakota nor any partners or advertisers shall be liable for any damages arising from use of health-related information contained in or referenced by association with this site.
  4. Privacy of Users
    1. The NBGA makes every reasonable effort to protect the privacy of its users in that
      1. Personally identifiable information, including postal- and electronic-addresses, telephone numbers, and/or other personal identifiers are not published, sold, rented, or otherwise distributed for use by third–parties;
      2. Providing personally identifiable information to the NBGA constitutes express permission for its use by the NBGA, its agents, employees and subcontractors in furtherance of the purposes for which it was expressly collected; and
      3. The construction of list-serves, group email lists, and other such pooled-listings for purposes of furthering the objectives of the NBGA is expressly accepted by users unless or until an opt-out statement has been filed and received by the site Webmaster.
      4. The NBGA collects information on users for purposes of analyzing patterns of use and does not release individual-level information on the same;
      5. Summary statistics on patterns of website use may be made available by NBGA from time to time without revealing the individual responses or use; and
      6. Solicitation and use of personally identifiable information for purposes of integrating databases of uses of other NBGA communication vehicles (e.g., newsletters) will be subject to the same rules of privacy and confidentiality referenced above.
  5. Interpreting these Terms
    1. Users agree that disputes arising from these Terms of Use are subject to the laws of the state of Minnesota in a venue of choice by the NBGA.