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Pear handlers will elect nominees for a position 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 one Handler FPC position for the Wenatchee district to be filled at the Marketing Associations meeting on January 26, 2021 at 11 a.m. via zoom. Meeting ID: 853 6463 9544, Passcode: 203890, or you can click on this link:

The Handler Member position is currently held by Randy Talley, and 1st and 2nd Alternates are currently vacant. (Previously this season, there was a nomination to appoint Ken Hemberry as 1st Alternate, and the USDA is still processing that request.) Mr. Talley can be nominated again; he has served 2 out of a possible 3 consecutive terms. A new member will need to be nominated.

All pear handlers are eligible to attend and participate in the nomination. 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.