The Administrative Committee for Pistachios, which administers Federal Marketing Order 983 for pistachios grown in California, Arizona and New Mexico, is soliciting nominations for the annual election to fill positions that expire on June 30.
Four producer members (two in District 1, one in District 2, one in District 3), one handler member, as well as each member’s alternate, are needed for the term of office that begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2022. The committee is composed of nine producer members, two handler members, one public member and each member’s alternate.
The committee meets periodically to review order issues and make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding the order. Through the order, the pistachio industry implements programs designed to improve producer returns.
To qualify for a member or alternate member position, you must produce or handle pistachios, have a proprietary interest in the production or handling of pistachios or be an employee of a person who produces or handles pistachios. In order to enhance membership diversity, eligible women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to seek nomination for a position on the committee.
Nomination forms were mailed to handlers and producers today. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, March 13. Pistachio producers and handlers will have the opportunity to vote for the candidates of their choice between April 3 and April 24.
More information about the committee, the marketing order, and a list of the current committee members can be found at www.acpistachios.org.
If you have questions, contact Bob Klein, Manager of the Administrative Committee for Pistachios at 559-255-6480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.