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Oregon's 23 grower-supported commodity commissions provide important links to production agriculture and direct access to key Oregon agricultural opinion leaders and decision makers. ​

Serving on an Oregon Commodity Commission

Nearly 200 farmers, ranchers, food processors and packers, commercial fish harvesters, and public members volunteer to serve on Oregon’s commodity commissions. Their service to Oregon agriculture determines the programs that each commission funds with assessments paid by farmers, ranchers, and fish harvesters. Funds are used for non-branded promotion, research, and education.

Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Alexis Taylor has the responsibility of 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.

Director Taylor appointed 61 commissioners to terms that began July 1. Their names are shown below.

Several commissioner positions remain open

The open positions are designated by “Apply Now.” If you would like to apply to serve, the minimum qualifications are: Oregon resident, U.S. citizen, and have paid the commission assessment for at least the three preceding years. 

Please complete an application. Be sure to write a letter about your agricultural and/or commercial fishing background. New application forms are available under the Resources heading. Send your application materials to Commodity Commission Oversight Program Manager Kris Anderson. Her contact information is on the application form.

Interested in applying in a future year? We begin recruiting each Spring. The open positions will be listed on this site.

Contact information for each commodity commission is listed as “Commodity Commission Contact List” under the Resources heading below.


Albacore


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
APPLY NOW​ ​Producer 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​Mike Babcock
Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large

Alfalfa Seed 


Applicant​​

Position
Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Curt Sisson Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Mike Kurth ​Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
State at Large​

Beef Council


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Amy DeLong ​Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
Dairy Producer
Curtis Martin ​Producer 3 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
Beef Producer​
​Bill Hoyt
​Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large
​Philippe Boulot
​Public Member 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large

Blueberry


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Karl Dettwyler Producer 2 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​Anne Krahmer ​Producer 4 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large
​Camille Holladay
​Public Member 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large

Clover Seed


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Alan Jesse
Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
KC Michael Coon ​Producer 2 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​Michael "Mike" Vandehey ​Producer 3 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
Derek Berger ​Producer 4 partial
06/30/2019​
​State at Large
​Dennis "Denny" Thorud ​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Dairy Products


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Marty Myers Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
Southern: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine, Klamath, W. Douglas
​Warren Chamberlain Producer 2​ 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
Eastern: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow,  Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco

Dungeness Crab


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Richard "Rick" L. Lilenthal Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Crystal Adams ​Handler 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
Leif Eric Benson
​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Fine Fescue


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Matt Insko Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
Union county***
​Donald "Don" Doerfler ​Producer 2 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​Clinton Kuenzie
​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Hazelnut


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Dan Keeley Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Sean Denfeld ​Producer 2 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large
Timothy "Tim" Newkirk ​Handler 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Hop


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Jeffrey "Jeff" Bizon ​Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Brandon Davidson ​Producer 2 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​David Henze Producer 3​ ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Mint


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Collin K. Crocker Producer 5 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Lowell Patterson ​Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
State at Large​

Orchardgrass


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Craig Berger ​Producer 6 07/01/2018
06/30/2022
State at Large
​APPLY NOW ​Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2022​
State at Large​

Potato


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Robert Wagstaff ​​Producer 2 07/01/2018
06/30/2022
Harney, Malheur counties
​Dan Chin ​Producer 6 07/01/2018
06/30/2022​
Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake counties​

Processed Vegetable (green beans, sweet corn, broccoli, cauliflower, table beets)​


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Ernie Pearmine ​Producer 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​​Scott Zielinski​ ​Producer 2 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at large
​APPLY NOW ​Producer 4 ​partial
06/30/2019
​State at large
​APPLY NOW ​Producer 5 partial
06/30/2020​
​State at Large
​APPLY NOW ​Producer 6 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
APPLY NOW ​Handler 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Raspberry and Blackberry


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Wayne Bochsler ​Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
Jane Hibler ​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

​Ryegrass


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Brian Glaser ​Producer 2
07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Dallas Goracke ​Producer 7 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​Benton, Lane counties
​Dustin Withee ​Handler 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Salmon


​Applicant​​​​

Position​
Term Begins
Term Ends​

Additional Qualifications​
Barry Nelson Producer 4 07/01/2018
06/30/2022
State at Large
​Jeremiah McCloskey ​Producer 5 ​​partial
06/30/2021
​State at Large
Sheep

Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Aaron Babcock Producer 1 partial
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Kip Krebs ​Producer 2 07/01/2018
06/30/2021​
​State at Large
​Tracy Briggs ​Producer 5 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Strawberry


Applicant

Position​
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Robert "Bob" Ditchen Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Christopher "Chris" Harris ​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Sweet Cherry


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Wade Root ​Producer 4 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
Columbia River: Hood River, Wasco counties
​Jeff Heater ​Producer 5 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​Columbia River: Hood River, Wasco counties
​Mike Omeg ​Producer 8 ​partial
06/30/2020
​State at Large
Kirk E. Lloyd ​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Tall Fescue


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
Orin Nusbaum Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Bruce Ruddenklau ​Producer 3 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
John Walther ​Public Member ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large

Trawl


Applicant​

Position​
Term Begins
Term Ends​

Additional Qualifications
Paul Kujala Producer 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2021
State at Large
​Mike Retherford ​Producer 2 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large
​Tyson Yeck ​Handler 1 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2021
​State at Large


Wheat


Applicant

Position
​Term Begins
Term Ends

Additional Qualifications
​Walter "Wally" Powell ​Producer 3 ​07/01/2018
06/30/2022
​Gilliam, Jefferson, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Wasco counties
Jason Middleton ​Handler 1 07/01/2018
06/30/2020
​State at Large
​Travis Jones ​Public Member partial
06/30/2020
State at Large

Resources

Commodity Commission Administrative Rules OAR: 603-042

OAR 603 Division 42: Practices and Procedures for Commodity Commissions

Commodity Commission application form—Beef Council

Beef Council application and qualification form

Commodity Commission application form—General

General Commodity Commission application and qualification form

Commodity Commission application form—Wheat Commission

Wheat Commission application and qualification form

Commodity Commission Oath of Office

Commodity Commission oath of office form

Oregon Commodity Commissioner brochure (2017)

Love Oregon’s farms, ranches and commercial fishing? Support their success and apply to serve as a commodity commissioner. Commodity Commissioner brochure

ORS 576 Ag Marketing Generally (including Commodity Commissions)

ORS 576.051 to 576.455 - Commodity Commissions

ORS 577 Oregon Beef Council

ORS 577 Oregon Beef Council statutes

ORS 578 Oregon Wheat Commission

ORS 578 Oregon Wheat Commission statutes

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More info from ODA

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Contact​

Kris Anderson
Commodity Commission Oversight Program Manager
1207 NW Naito Pkwy, Suite 104
Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-872-6604
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