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Elections for two Wenatchee Grower member alternates to the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927 are scheduled to be held at the Fresh Pear Committee’s meeting beginning at 11 a.m. on June 1, 2023. The election will be a hybrid and in-person meeting held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 25 N Worthen Street, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

Only Fresh Pear Growers from the Wenatchee District (Chelan and Douglas counties in Washington) are eligible to nominate and vote in this election. The positions to be filled include: First Alternate position held by Rod Grams and the Second Alternate position held by Jake Carson.

The First Alternate position is eligible for re-election since he has served two out of three possible consecutive terms. However, the Second Alternate position is no longer an eligible grower. Names of those elected will be submitted to the United States Secretary of Agriculture for official appointment to the committee and will serve for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2023.

Among other duties, the Fresh Pear Committee is responsible for setting the assessment rates for research and promotion and advertising of all pears marketed in the domestic and export markets.

The committee encourages women, minorities, and the physically challenged, who qualify as pear growers/handlers, to attend and participate in the nomination proceedings.