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Pear handlers 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 one Handler FPC position for the Mid Columbia district to be filled at the Shipper’s meeting at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, via Zoom. The Meeting ID is 867 3465 6419, and the passcode is 302153, or you can click on this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86734656419?pwd=eTB4UU4zMmdCMlQ2T0Y1emorMUk2UT09

The Handler Member position is currently held by Ed Weathers, 1st Alternate is Brad Pickering and 2nd Alternate is Gary Wells. The member and 1st Alternate can be re-elected because they have served two of a possible three consecutive terms. Gary Wells has stepped down, and a new 2nd Alternate will need to be nominated.

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