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Pear growers will elect nominees for positions on the Fresh Pear Committee (FPC) of Marketing Order #927. The committee is responsible for setting the assessment rates for research and promotion and advertising of all pears marketed in the domestic and export markets.

There is a Grower FPC position for the Yakima district to be filled at the WSTFA Annual Meeting at 1:00 p.m. on Dec. 7, 2020 via Zoom. The Handler Member position is currently held by Jorge Arias, 1st Alternate is vacant, and 2nd Alternate is John Onstad. Mr. Arias can be re-elected, since he has served 1 out of a possible 3 consecutive terms. To sign up and receive login information for this meeting, please visit the following link and choose “Fruit Industry Election” for free registration to this portion of the meeting https://wstfa.org/events-calendar/#cid=343&id=20271&wid=601&refid=https%3a%2f%2fwww.wstfa.org%2fevents-calendar%23cid%3d343%26wid%3d1001

All pear handlers are eligible to attend and participate in the respective nominations. The nominees must be a handler, or an officer or employee of a corporate or LLC handler, who handles pears within the Yakima district. The committee encourages women, minorities, and the physically challenged, who qualify as pear growers/handlers, to attend and participate in the nomination proceedings. Names of those elected will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture for official appointment to the committee, and will serve for a two-year period.