February 7, 2023
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) seeks applicants to fill 55 commissioner seats on 19 of the state’s agricultural and commercial fisheries commodity commissions.
The deadline to apply is March 15, 2022. For instructions on how to apply or to learn more about commissions, please visit oda.direct/commissions.
Acting ODA Director Lauren Henderson appoints commissioners. Once selected commissioners serve as public officials; most serve three-year terms. Their duties include making decisions about funding for promotion, education, and research projects.
Henderson seeks applicants representing the diversity among Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, processors, and commercial fisheries. For public members, users of the commodity who have an interest and time to serve are often the best fit.
A public member must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and have an active interest in improving economic conditions for the commodity. A public member cannot be directly associated with producing or handling the specific commodity they seek to serve.
Applicants for producer or handler positions must also be U.S. citizens, an Oregon resident, and have paid or collected the assessment for that particular commodity for the previous three years or longer in some cases. A producer is defined as a grower or harvester. A handler is the first to buy the commodity from the producer and is often a processor, distributor, or marketer.
Farm commodities seeking representation include beef, berries, dairy, hazelnuts, hops, mint, potatoes, sheep, and wheat. For a full list of available seats, click here.
Source: Oregon Department of Agriculture
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