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Elections for a Mid-Columbia District Grower member and two alternates to the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927 are scheduled to be held at 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 9, 2023 at the Mid-Columbia Winter Horticultural Meeting located at the Hood River Best Western, Gorge Room, 1108 E. Marina Way, Hood River, OR 97031. The meeting will be in-person and via Zoom and will be hosted and moderated by Mike Doke.

Only Fresh Pear Growers from the Mid-Columbia District (includes Hood River and Wasco counties in the state of Oregon, and Skamania and Klickitat counties in the state of Washington) are eligible to nominate and vote in this election. The positions to be filled include: Member position held by Gordy Sato, the 1st Alternate position held by Ron Rivers and the 2nd alternate position held by Jon Laraway.

These three positions are not-eligible for re-election since they have served three 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, 2023.

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.