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Make a difference, serve as a commodity commissioner

Apply by March 15

The Oregon Department of Agriculture i​s recruiting for nearly 70 commissioners this spring. If you’re interested in shaping the research, education, and marketing programs for a commodity apply by March 15, 2021.

Commissioners represent producers (farmers, ranchers, commercial fish harvesters), handlers (first purchasers), and the public.

Review the open commissioner positions​ to find the position number.

Qualifications

  • Oregon resident
  • U.S. citizen
  • Paid the commodity assessment for at least the three preceding years
  • Have an active interest in the positive development and economic growth of the commodity industry in Oregon

Several commissions require applicants from a specific geographic region. This requirement is noted in the commissioner opening list next to the position.  

Most commissioner terms are three years long. The potato, salmon, sheep, trawl and wheat commissioner terms are four years, except for the wheat handlers, which are two years. All terms begin July 1, 2021. 

Some commissions have partial terms created through resignation or previously unfilled positions. Partial term end dates are listed next to the position number in the table below.​

Interested in applying to serve as a commissioner? 

Here’s what to do:

  • ​Complete the application and email it by March 15, 2021. Use the General Commodity Commission Application form for all commissions expect beef and wheat. 
  • Producer and handler applicants need to list a position number on your application and mark the appropriate button for producer or handler. Find position numbers in the open commissioner positions​.
  • Fill out the form using a computer.
  • Then print, sign, and date the form before submitting it.
  • Scan your completed form and email the completed form to commissions@oda.state.or.us​ 
  • You may also mail your completed form to:
  • 1207 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 104
  • Portland, OR 97209-2832
  • ​​We cannot accept previous year's forms, applications that are not readable, that do not have a producer or handler position number,​ or that do not have a signature. Please do not send photos of an application.​

You may attach a letter or letters of recommendation to your application.

Appointment process

The director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture appoints commodity commissioners. The director’s decision to appoint is based on a number of factors including:

  • Applicant experience
  • Commitment to service
  • Industry counsel
You will receive a letter in mid-to-late May to inform you of the director’s decision. New terms begin July 1. Those appointed will receive an Oath of Office that they must have a Notary Public witness. ODA must receive your Oath of Office before commissioners can take any official action.

About Oregon's commodity commissions

Commodity commissioners are Oregon public officials who volunteer their time for the economic betterment of the commodity. Oregon has 22 commodity commissions that operate with oversight from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Commodity commissioners carry out important decision-making for their particular commodity. 

Each year, commissioners develop and approve a budget using their commodity’s assessments for non-branded promotion, research, and education programs. Commissioners determine the projects and programs to fund with assessments that growers and harvesters pay. 

Looking for more information? Contact any one of the commissions using the commodity commission contact list.

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

Commodity Commissioner Openings (2021)

Commodity commissioner openings

Oregon Commodity Commissioner brochure (2020)

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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​Contact​

Kris Anderson
Commodity Commission Oversight Program Manager
Agricultural Development & Marketing
Phone: 503-970-3260

Email commissioner applications to: Commissions@oda.state.or.us​​

Alternate contact​

Annette Amundson
Program Assistant
Agricultural Development & Marketing
Phone: 503-872-6612

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