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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 the collection of assessments for research, and the 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 noon on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Grace Su’s China Gorge, located at 2680 Old Columbia River Drive, Hood River, OR 97031.

The Handler Member position is currently held by Ed Ing, First Alternate is Don Gibson, and Second Alternate is Chad Wimmers. The member and alternates can be re-elected because they have served one of a possible three consecutive terms.

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.