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​Make a difference, volunteer as a commodity commissioner

Apply by March 15

The Oregon Department of Agriculture is recruiting for 63 commissioners this spring. If you’re interested in shaping the research, education, and marketing programs for a commodity apply by March 15, 2022.

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 to represent specific geographic regions. 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, 2022. 

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? ​

  • Complete and submit the General Commodity Commission Application form by March 15, 2022. 

    • ​The beef and wheat​ commissions have their own application forms.

  • ​​​​​Producer and handler applicants need to list a position number on your application and check the appropriate box for producer or handler. 

  • Fill out the form using a computer.

  • Print, sign, and date the form. Do not lock the form if using an electronic signature.

  • Scan your completed form and email the completed form to commissions@oda.oregon.gov ​

  • If available, attach a letter(s) of support to your application.

  • You may also mail your completed form to:
    1207 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 204
    ​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.

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 23 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 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 (2022)

Commodity commissioner 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

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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: 541-656-8951

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