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​​​​ODA Recruiting for 71 Commodity Commissioners

Apply to serve on an Oregon Commodity Commission 
by March 16, 2020

Nearly 200 farmers, ranchers, food processors and packers, commercial fish harvesters, and public members volunteer to serve on Oregon’s commodity commissions.  As commissioners, they  determine the programs that each commission funds with assessments paid by farmers, ranchers, and fish harvesters.

As public officials, the commissioners may direct funds to non-branded promotion, research, and education projects. State statute makes paying assessments mandatory for growers and harvesters.

How to apply

  • All 71 openings are listed in the table below by commodity commission.
  • Applications are due by March 16, 2020. 
  • For producer and handler positions, be sure to list a position number on your application and mark the appropriate button for producer or handler. 
  • New terms begin July 1, 2020. The length of term varies from commission to commission and position to position. Each term is listed next to the position number in the table below.
  • Complete the form on your computer, then print it out to sign it. You can scan your signed application and email it to commissions@oda.state.or.us or mail it to the address on the form.

Qualifications

Commissioner applicants must meet specific criteria to qualify for consideration.  Four general qualifications that apply to most commodity commissions are:
  • US citizenship,
  • Oregon residency,
  • Paid or collected the assessment for the preceding three years, and
  • Have an active interest in the positive development and economic growth of the commodity industry in Oregon.
Some commissions have additional requirements. For example:
  • Applicants for Oregon Beef Council positions must have demonstrated their active interest through membership in a producer’s organization or public service.
  • Wheat Commission producer applicants must have been “actually engaged in growing wheat” in Oregon for a five-year period immediately prior to appointment. Handler member applicants must be an owner or employee of a business that handles or processes Oregon-grown wheat.
  • Some commissions require applicants from a specific geographic region. 

The appointment process

The Oregon Department of Agriculture Director is responsible for appointing commissioners. The director’s decision to appoint is based on a number of factors such as: applicant experience, commitment to service, and industry counsel.

Along with your application, you may submit letters of support from individuals, associations, or others who can attest to your service to the positive development of Oregon agriculture and commercial fisheries.

By mid-to-late May, ODA mails letters to all applicants to inform them of the director’s decision. Those who are appointed also receive an oath of office which must be signed in the presence of a notary before a commissioner can act in their official capacity.

More information

Oregon's 22 grower and harvester-supported commodity commissions provide important links to production agriculture and commercial fisheries, as well as direct access to key Oregon agricultural opinion leaders and decision makers.

Commissioners are voluntary public officials who agree to act within Oregon laws including commodity commission statutes ORS 576, 577, and 578; Oregon Public Records and Opening Meetings, ORS 192; and Government Ethics, ORS 244. Commissioners are required to successfully complete training on some state policies. The training is offered on-line; ODA can provide an alternate method if needed.

For additional information, contact the ODA Commodity Commission Oversight Program office at 503-872-6600.  For specific information related to number of commission meetings, meeting locations, or similar questions, contact the commodity commission directly. For contact information, check out the Commodity Commission contact list.

Albacore


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 2 ​07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 4 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large

Alfalfa Seed


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Producer 3
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 2
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2022
State at Large
​Producer 5
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2022
State at Large

Beef Council


​Position
Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Producer 2 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Dairy Producer
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Beef Producer

Blueberry


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 2 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 6
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large

Clover Seed


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Producer 5 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 6
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large

Dairy Products


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 5 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Willamette/Southern Oregon
(Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah,
Washington, Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Coos, and Curry counties)

​Producer 6
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Tillamook/North Coast
(Clatsop, Tillamook, and Lincoln counties)

Dungeness Crab


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Producer 4 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Port of Charleston
​Producer 5 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Port of Newport
​Producer 3
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Port of Astoria

Fine Fescue


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Union County
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Highland Bentgrass seed producer,
State at Large
​Producer 6
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large

Hazelnut


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Public Member 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 6 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large

Hop


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Producer 6 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 3
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/202
1
State at Large

Mint 


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Public Member 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 4
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large

Potato


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Requirements
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Blue Mountain (Baker, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Morrow, and Umatilla counties)
​Producer 1
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
Blue Mountain (Baker, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Morrow, and Umatilla counties)
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Klamath, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Lake counties
​Producer 8 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large

Processed Vegetable


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 3 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 3 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 5 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
State at Large
​Handler 1
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2021
State at Large

Raspberry Blackberry


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Producer 6 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large

Ryegrass Growers Seed


​Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Producer 3 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Linn County
​Producer 6
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Marion or Polk counties

Salmon


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 2 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Public Member
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 1
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Northern Oregon border to North of Cascade Head
​Producer 2
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Cascade Head to south of Florence
​Producer 6 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large

 Sheep


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 2 07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 3
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 4
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large

Strawberry


​Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 2
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2022
​State at Large
​Producer 3
(partial term)
07/01/2020
06/30/2022
​State at Large

Sweet Cherry


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 2 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Brine handler,
State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 8 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large

Tall Fescue


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

​Additional Qualifications
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 6 07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​State at Large
​Producer 7
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Orchardgrass seed producer,
State at Large

Trawl


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

​Additional Qualifications
​Public Member
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 4
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 5
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large

Wheat


Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Handler 1 07/01/2020
06/30/2022
​State at Large
​Public Member
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​State at Large
​Producer 1
07/01/2020
06/30/2024
​Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco, or Jefferson counties

Commodity Commission Oversight Program Advisory Committee

​Term Begins
Term Ends
​Additional Qualifications
07/01/2020
06/30/2023
​Must be a current commodity commissioner, commission administrator, or commission-approved designee
 



​Contact

Kris Anderson
Commodity Commission Oversight Program Manager
Agricultural Development & Marketing
1207 NW Naito Pkwy, Suite 104
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-872-6604
Alt Phone: 503-872-6600
Fax: 503-872-6601

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