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Fresh Pear Committee elections
December 14, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
Elections for a Wenatchee District Handler member and two alternates to the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927 are scheduled to be held at noon on December 14, 2023. The election will be an in-person event and will be hosted and moderated by Brian Focht and held at the Washington Apple Commission Building, located at 2900 Euclid Ave., Wenatchee, WA 98801.
Only fresh pear handlers from the Wenatchee District (which includes King, Chelan, Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Spokane counties in the state of Washington, and all other counties in Washington lying north thereof) are eligible to nominate and vote in this election. The positions to be filled include: member position held by Andrew Peterson, the first alternate position held by Craig Christensen and the second alternate position held by Sarah Barkley.
All three handlers are eligible for re-election since they have served two out of three possible consecutive terms. 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, 2024.
Among other duties, the Fresh Pear Committee is responsible for setting the assessment rates for research and promotion and advertising of all pears grown in Washington and Oregon 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.