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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 Medford, Oregon, district to be filled at the election meeting at 10 a.m. on May 11, 2021, during a conference call, with the dial-in number 800-326-0013, passcode 7315674. The Handler Member position is currently held by Sean Naumes, 1st Alternate is Scott Martinez, and 2nd Alternate is vacant. The member and alternate can be re-elected because they have served one term out of a possible three terms. Terms are two years, and this one will begin on July 1, 2021.

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.