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​​​​​​​​About Oregon's commodity commissions

  • At the request of growers, commodity commissions have been created since 1943. The 2021 Oregon Legislature authorized the newest commodity commission. All 23 commodity commissions operate with oversight from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The ODA Director appoints all commissioners and also reviews and authorizes each commission's budget annually.
  • Commodity commissioners are Oregon public officials who volunteer their time for the economic betterment of the commodity.
  • Commodity commissioners carry out important decision-making for their individual commodity.
  • Each year, commissioners develop and approve a budget using their commodity's assessments (and other funds that may be available) for projects including non-branded promotion, research, and education. Commissioners determine the projects that will best benefit the commodity.
  • Looking for more information? Contact any one of the commissions using the commodity commission contact list​.

​Recruiting for commissioner applicants

ODA is recruiting volunteers to applicants to fill 55 commissioner seats on 19 of the state's agricultural and commercial fisheries commodity commissions. Refer to the 2023 Commisoner Openings document for position-specific qualifications. The deadline to apply is March 153/9/2023 – The deadline to apply has been extended to March 24, 2023.​​

The following commodity commissions have openings:
Albacore – 2 producers, 2 handlers;
Beef Council – 1 beef producer, 2 dairy producers;​
Blueberry Commission – 2 producers, 1 handler;
Clover Seed Commission – 3 producers;
Dairy Products Commission – 2 producers (1 from Willamette/Southern Oregon (Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington, Lane, Linn, Benton, Marion, Polk, Yamhill, Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, Coos and Curry counties) and 1 Tillamook/North Coast (Clatsop, Tillamook and Lincoln counties), and 1 handler;
Dungeness Crab Commission – 2 producers from the Port of Charleston and the Port of Newport;
Fine Fescue Commission – 3 producers (2 state at large) and 1 public member;
Hazelnut Commission – 2 producers and 1 public member;
Hop Commission – 2 producers;
Mint Commission – 1 producer, 1 handler, and 1 public member;
Potato Commission – 1 producer from Blue Mountain (Baker, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Morrow, and Umatilla counties) and 1 public member;
Processed Vegetable Commission – 3 producers and 1 handler;
Raspberry & Blackberry Commission – 2 producers and 1 handler;
Ryegrass Seed Commission – 3 producers (1 state at large, 1 Linn county, and 1 Marion or Polk counties);
Sheep Commission – 1 public member;
Strawberry Commission – 1 producer, and 1 handler;
Sweet Cherry Commission – 3 producers (1 from Western Oregon: all areas west of the Cascade Mountains, and 2 state at large) and 1 handler;
Tall Fescue Commission – 2 producers (1 Orchardgrass Seed), and 1 handler;
Wheat Commission – 2 producers (1 from East of the Cascades but not from Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco & Jefferson Co., and 1 from West of Cascades), 1 handler (Preferred: Willamette Valley).

Qualifications for all commissioner applicants 

  • 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​​

Interested in applying to serve as a commissioner? ​

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. ​


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—Hemp

Hemp 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 brochure (2021)

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

Commodity Commissioner Openings (2023)

Commodity commisioner openings

OAR 603-042 Commodity Commission Administrative Rules

OAR 603 Division 42: Practices and Procedures for Commodity Commissions

ORS 571.400 to 501 Oregon Hemp Commission

Oregon Hemp Commission statutes ORS 571.400 - 501

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



Jess Paulson
Director of Market Access & Certification Program Area
Agricultural Development & Marketing
Phone: 503-507-9313

Email commissioner applications to:​​

Alternate contact​

Annette Amundson
Program Assistant
Agricultural Development & Marketing
Phone: 541-656-8951