Nominations for District 1 grower positions on the Washington Cherry Marketing Committee will be accepted during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day on January 21 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Growers whose terms expire on March 31 are Kyle Mathison (alternate, James Wiggs); Norm Gutzwiler (alternate, Ron Jagla); and Bill Brauchla (alternate, Jason Westerdahl).
Nominations for District 1 handler positions will be accepted during the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association's annual meeting on January 11 at noon at the Washington Apple Commission conference room. Handlers whose terms expire on March 31 are Bill Knight (member) and Richard Werner (alternate).
Nominations for District 2 grower positions will be accepted during the Cherry Institute meeting at the Yakima Convention Center on January 15. Growers whose terms expire on March 31 are Gary Ormiston (alternate, Mike O'Brien) and Ken Knight (alternate Steve Knight).
Nominations for District 2 handler positions will be accepted at the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association's annual meeting on January 12 at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, Yakima. Handlers whose positions expire March 31 are Don Gibson (alternate, Chris Falk) and Rob Stewart (alternate, Peter Verbrugge).
Members serve two-year terms. The committee establishes grade, size, pack, and container regulations for fresh sweet cherries from designated counties in Washington State.
Fresh Pear Committee
Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee of Marketing Order #927, which is responsible for collecting assessments for research, and the promotion and advertising of all pears marketed in the domestic and export markets.
A grower position will be filled at the meeting of the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association on January 12.The incumbent is Rod Matson, with Robert Ball first alternate, and Dick Woodin second alternate.
A second grower position will be filled at the North Central Washington Pear Day at the Wenatchee Convention Center on January 20. The incumbent is Ray Schmitten with Daryl Harnden first alternate and Robert Cowan second alternate. A handler position will be filled at the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association meeting on January 11. The incumbent is Dan Kenoyer, with Ken Jackson first alternate, and Dan Gaspar second alternate.
Names of nominees will be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for official appointment to the committee, and those elected will serve for a two-year period.
Apricot and prune marketing committees
Nominations for Washington and Oregon prune growers and Washington apricot growers and shippers to serve on marketing committees that establish size, grade, pack and container regulations affecting shipments of fresh apricots and prunes from designated counties will be accepted during industry meetings in January.
Nominations for the North Central Washington district shipper positions for the Washington Apricot Marketing Committee Marketing Order #922 will be held on January 11 at the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association meeting at the Washington Apple Commission building in Wenatchee. The terms of Ray Norwood and alternate Michael Taylor expire in March.
A shipper representative for the Yakima district of the apricot committee will be nominated during the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association meeting on January 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Yakima. Nominations will be accepted for the apricot shipper position currently held by Jill Douglas and alternate David Douglas, positions that expire in March.
Also, during the January 12 meeting, nominations will be accepted for a shipper position on the Washington-Oregon Prune Marketing Committee. Terms expire in March for Steve Davis and alternate Byron Ihnen.
The apricot committee will seek nominations for two grower representatives during the North Central Washington Stone Fruit Day to be held January 21 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Growers whose terms expire in March are Jan Luebber and alternate Lee Gale; and Cameron Lewis. An alternate seat for Lewis is vacant, as well as an alternate position that expires in 2011.
Names of the nominations are submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture for official appointment. Terms are for two years.