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Oregon Cherry Growers recently launched this package of maraschino cherries for food service. A similar line for retail also has been developed.(Courtesy Oregon Cherry Growers )

The Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission is considering a proposed administrative rule change to reduce the assessment rate on brine cherries.

The reason cited for the proposal is the consolidation of the maraschino industry, which has reduced the membership in the National Cherry Growers & Industries Foundation and the retirement of the marketing director.

The OSCC has paid $5.50 per ton to the NCGIF for promotional programs. The proposed reduction will not exceed $5.50 per ton.

Going forward all assessments collected on brine cherries would be used for research, education and administration. Additional promotional activities will be considered in the future.

Comments will be heard during a hearing at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23 in the second-floor classroom of the Food Innovation Center at 1207 Naito Parkway in Portland.

Written comments can be sent to to osweetcherry@gmail.com, or the OSCC Office, 2667 Reed Road, Hood River, OR 97031.

The last day for public comment is Aug. 23 at 11 a.m.