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Commodity Commissions looking for applicants
March 28, 2007... The Oregon Department of Agriculture is seeking applicants to serve on the states 28 agricultural commodity commissions. The deadline for applying is May 11, 2007. Those appointed as commissioners administer producer assessments spent on the commodity commission goals of promotion, education, and research. This year, 63 commissioner positions are open. Most appointments are for a three-year term beginning July 1, 2007. The Oregon Fryer, Orchardgrass, Potato, Salmon, Sheep, Trawl, Wheat, and Western Oregon Onion commissions have four-year terms.
In order to qualify for an appointment, interested individuals must complete an Application and Qualification form, be a citizen of the United States, and an Oregon resident. Additional qualifications may apply. All qualified candidates will be considered for appointment.
Of the 63 open positions this year, nine are for public members. A public member must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and have an active interest in improving economic conditions for that particular commodity. A public member cannot be directly associated with the production or handling of the particular commodity served by the commission they seek to serve. Public members, who are appointed by the ODA Director, were first added to most of Oregon's agricultural and commercial fisheries commodity commissions by the 2003 Oregon Legislature.
No commissioner, whether producer, handler or public member, may serve on more than one state board or commission.
The following Oregon Commodity Commissions are seeking applicants for appointment:
Oregon Albacore Commission - 2 producers, 1 handler, 1 public member
Oregon Alfalfa Commission - 1 producer
Oregon Beef Council - 1 beef producer, 1 feeder/feedlot operator
Oregon Blueberry Commission - 2 producers, 1 handler
Oregon Clover Commission - 1 producer, 2 handlers
Oregon Dairy Products Commission 1 North Willamette Valley producer, 1 Clatsop, Tillamook or Lincoln counties producer, 1 public member
Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission - 1 Astoria producer, 1 Brookings producer, 1 state-at-large handler
Oregon Fine Fescue Commission 2 state-at-large producers
Oregon Fryer Commission 1 Linn, Lane, and Douglas counties producer, 1 public member
Oregon Grains Commission - 1 Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake or Malheur counties producer, 1 Baker, Umatilla, Union or Wallowa counties producer
Oregon Hazelnut Commission - 2 producers
Oregon Highland Bentgrass Commission 2 producers
Oregon Hop Commission - 3 producers, 1 handler, 1 public member
Oregon Mint Commission 3 producers
Oregon Orchardgrass Commission - 1 public member
Oregon Potato Commission 1 Baker, Union, Wallowa, and Grant counties producer, 1 public member
Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission - 1 handler, 1 public member
Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission - 3 producers, 1 handler
Oregon Ryegrass Commission 1 Linn County producer, 1 state-at-large producer, 1 public member
Oregon Sheep Commission 1 public member
Oregon Strawberry Commission - 3 producers, 1 handler
Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission 1 Wasco and Hood River counties producer, 2 West of the Cascades producers, 1 handler
Oregon Tall Fescue Commission 3 producers
Oregon Wheat Commission - 1 East of the Cascades producer, 1 West of the Cascades producer
Those interested in being a Commissioner should contact Kris Anderson at 503-872-6600 or visit www.oregon.gov/ODA/ADMD/cc_oversight.shtml
Individual commissions or producer organizations can also be of assistance.
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