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Elections for a Mid-Columbia District Handler member and two alternates to the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927 are scheduled to be held at noon on March 13, 2024. The election will be an in-person event and will be hosted and moderated by Mike Doke and held at the Shipper’s Meeting located at Grace Su’s China Gorge Restaurant, 2680 Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, OR 97031.

Only fresh pear handlers from the Mid-Columbia District (to include Hood River and Wasco counties in the state of Oregon, and the counties of Skamania and Klickitat in the state of Washington) are eligible to nominate and vote in this election. The positions to be filled include: Member position held by Ed Ing, the 1st Alternate position held by Don Gibson and the 2nd Alternate position held by Chad Wimmers.

These three positions have served 3 out of 3 possible terms expiring on June 30, 2024. As three consecutive terms is the limit, the members are not eligible for another term in the same position. They are eligible to serve in different positions. 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.