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​Dairy, Albacore and other commissions seeking commissioners

If you’re interested in shaping the research, education, and marketing programs for a commodity commission, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is recruiting for several commissioner positions. Applications are accepted through November 14, 2021.

The commissions and open positions are:

  • Albacore, Handler 1, through June 30, 2024
  • Alfalfa Seed, Producer 2 and Producer 5, through June 30, 2022
  • Blueberry, Handler 1, through June 30, 2022
  • Blueberry, Producer 7, through June 30, 2023​
  • Dairy and Nutrition Council, Producer 4, through June 30, 2022​
  • Processed Vegetable, Producer 6, through June 30, 2024
  • Salmon, Producer 4, through June 30, 2022
  • Sweet Cherry, Handler 1, through June 30, 2022

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

Interested in applying to serve as a commissioner? ​

  • Use the General Commodity Commission Application form
    • ​​​Producer and handler applicants need to list a position number on your application and mark the appropriate button for producer or handler. 
  • Fill out the form using a computer.
  • Print, sign, and date the form before submitting it.
  • Scan your completed form and email the completed form to commissions@oda.state.or.us ​
  • If unable to email your form, you may mail it 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.

​You may attach a letter or letters of recommendation to your application. ODA will also accept letters of recommendation emailed to commissions@oda.state.or.us

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
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 commissions are public bodies funded through assessments paid primarily by the growers and harvesters of that commodity. As public bodies, the commissions follow Oregon laws including, but not limited to ethics, public meetings, and public records.

Oregon commodity commissioners are public officials who volunteer their time for the economic betterment of the commodity. Commissioners represent producers (farmers, ranchers, commercial fish harvesters), handlers (the first to purchase the commodity), and the public. Commissioners have a fiduciary responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interests of the commodity as a whole.

Oregon has 22 commodity commissions that operate with oversight from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Hemp will be the 23rd commodity commission beginning January 1, 2022. ​When recruitment for the Hemp Commission begins, information will be posted on this page.

Commodity commissioners carry out important decision-making for their specific 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. 

In addition to appointing commissioners, the Oregon Department of Agriculture oversees commission budgets, contracts, and messaging to ensure it is truthful and within the commissions’ statutory authority as set forth in ORS 576, ORS 577 and ORS 578 and related administrative rules.

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: 541-656-8951

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