- 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 15. 3/9/2023 – 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?
- Complete and submit the appropriate application form.
- 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.
- We prefer that you email your completed application. Scan your completed form and email the completed form to email@example.com
- If you prefer, attach a letter(s) of support to your application.
- You may also mail your completed form to:
Oregon Department of Agriculture
Commodity Commission Oversight Program
635 Capitol St NE, Salem, OR 97301-2532
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.