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ODA Recruiting for 66 Commodity Commissioner Openings

The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) seeks applicants to fill 66 commissioner seats on 22 of the state’s agricultural and commercial fisheries commodity commissions.


The deadline to apply is March 15, 2024.


For instructions on how to apply or to learn more about commissions, please visit www.oda.direct/commissions.


The Director of the ODA appoints commissioners. Once selected commissioners serve as public officials; most serve three-year terms. Their duties include making decisions about funding for promotion, education, and research projects. The Director is seeking applicants representing the diversity among Oregon’s farmers, ranchers, processors, and commercial fisheries. For public members, users of the commodity who have an interest and time to serve are often the best fit.


A public member must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident, and have an active interest in improving economic conditions for the commodity. A public member cannot be directly associated with producing or handling the specific commodity they seek to serve.

Applicants for producer or handler positions must also be U.S. citizens, an Oregon resident, and have paid or collected the assessment for that particular commodity for the previous three years or longer in some cases. A producer is defined as a grower or harvester. A handler is the first to buy the commodity from the producer and is often a processor, distributor, or marketer.


 

The following commodity commissions have openings:


Oregon Albacore Commission – 1 producer (P1) & 1 handler (H1)

Oregon Beef Council – 2 producers (P1 dairy, P3 beef), 1 handler (H1), 1 public (M)

Oregon Blueberry Commission – 2 producers (P2, P4), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Clover Commission – 3 producers (P1, P2, P3), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Dairy Products Commission – *2 producers (P1, P2)

P1 - (Central and Eastern Oregon (Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Grant, Umatilla, Harney, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Hood River, Wasco, Morrow, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Lake counties)

P2 - (Central and Eastern Oregon (Malheur, Baker, Wallowa, Union, Grant, Umatilla, Harney, Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Hood River, Wasco, Morrow, Sherman, Gilliam, Wheeler, and Lake counties)

Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission –1 producer (P1), 1 handler (H1), 1 public (M)

Oregon Fine Fescue Commission - 2 produces (P1 Union County, P2 at large), 1 public

Oregon Hazelnut Commission – 2 producers (P1, P2), 1 handler (H1)

Oregon Hemp Commission – 1 producer (P5), 1 handler (H1), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Hop Commission – 3 producers (P1, P2, P3)

Oregon Mint Commission – 1 producer (P5), 1 Handler (H1)

Oregon Potato Commission – *3 producers (P1, P5, P8), 1 handler (H1)

P1 - Blue Mountain (Baker, Union, Wallowa, Grant, Morrow, & Umatilla Counties)

P5 - Klamath, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine & Lake Counties

P8 - State at Large

Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission – 4 producers (P1, P2, P5, P6)

Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission – 1 producer (P1), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Ryegrass Growers Seed Commission – *2 producers (P2, P7), 1 handler (H1)

P2 – State at large, P7 - Lane or Benton Counties

Oregon Salmon Commission – 3 producers (P1, P2, P6),1 handler (H2), 1 public (M)

P1 - Northern Oregon border to North of Cascade Head

P2 - Cascade Head to south of Florence

P6 – State at Large

Oregon Sheep Commission – 2 producers (P3, P4), 1 handler (H2)

Oregon Strawberry Commission – 1 producer (P1), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission – *2 producers (P4, P5), 1 public member (M)

*(Wasco and Hood River Counties)

Oregon Tall Fescue Commission – 2 producers (P1, P3), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Trawl Commission – 2 producers (P4, P5), 1 public member (M)

Oregon Wheat Commission – *1 producer (P1), 1 handler (H1), 1 public member (M)

*(Umatilla, Morrow, Gilliam, Sherman, Wasco & Jefferson Counties)

Commodity Commissions Oversight Committee – 1 administrator, 1 commissioner

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