Oregon Dept. of Agriculture Recruiting for Hemp Commissioners

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ODA Recruiting for Hemp Commissioners

The Oregon Department of Agriculture recruits volunteers to serve as the first class of Oregon Hemp Commissioners.

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 22.

ODA will appoint nine (9) Oregon Hemp Commissioners. The commission will include one public member, two handlers/processors, and six producers/growers. Four producer positions represent specific regions. Two producer positions and everyone other positions represent the state at large.

Producer Position 1 — Central: Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jefferson, Lake, Morrow, Sherman, Wasco, and Wheeler counties.
Producer Position 2 — Eastern: Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.
Producer Position 3 — Northwest: Benton, Clatsop, Columbia, Clackamas, Hood River, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill counties.
Producer Position 4 — Southwest: Coos, Curry, Douglas, Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath counties.
Producer Positions 5 and 6 — State at large: To the extent possible, represent otherwise-underrepresented communities in hemp production or aspects of hemp production.

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The commissioners will begin their terms no later than September 25. They will decide to establish the Oregon Hemp Commission and continue the work of the temporary commissioners who adopted administrative rules for the commission assessment and other procedures.

To qualify to be considered.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens and Oregon residents.

Producers/Growers must have grown hemp under an ODA license or registration for a minimum of three years preceding appointment (since 2019).

Four (4) growers will represent specific regions of Oregon, and two (2) growers will represent the state at large.

Two Handlers/Processors from anywhere in Oregon must have processed hemp under an ODA license or registration for a minimum of three years preceding the appointment.

The one public member representing the state at large can’t be associated with growing or processing hemp.​

Recruiting for other commissioners

ODA recruits volunteers to serve as Albacore, Alfalfa Seed, and Sweet Cherry commissioners. These commissions have partial terms created through resignation or previously unfilled positions.

The Albacore Commission has two openings.

The producer’s three positions will serve through June 30, 2025.

The handler one position will serve through June 30, 2024

Albacore processor/handler applicants could also be involved in marketing or dealing in albacore as an owner, agent, employee, or broker and must have collected the assessment for the last three consecutive years on albacore.

The commission features nine members: two are processors, five are fish harvesters, and one may be a public member.

The Alfalfa Seed Commission has two openings; both five will serve until June 30, 2025.

​The producer has two positions, and the five positions will serve until June 30, 2025.
The commission, funded by growers, sets policy and direction and makes decisions about commodity-specific marketing, research, and academic projects.

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The Oregon Sweet Cherry Commission has one producer position open.

​The producer one position (Willamette Valley area) will serve until June 30, 2025.

​The commission determines how to use its assessment revenue and historically decides which research projects to fund to improve agricultural practices. The commission also funds projects to extend cherry sales domestically and internationally.



​Oregon resident
U.S. citizen
Paid the commodity assessment for a minimum of the three preceding years
Have a lively interest in the positive development and economic growth of the commodity industry in Oregon

Interested in applying to serve as a commissioner? ​

Complete and submit the overall Commodity Commission Application form.

​​​​​Producer and handler applicants must list a position number on your application and check the appropriate box for producer or handler.


Fill out the shape using a computer.

Print, sign, and date the shapeDon’t lock the form if using an electronic signature.

We prefer that you simply email your completed application.​ Scan your completed form and email the finished form to commissions@oda.oregon.gov ​

If available, attach a letter(s) of support to your application.

You may also mail your completed form to:
Oregon Department of Agriculture
AgDev | Commodity Commission Oversight Program
635 Capitol Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-2532

We cannot accept previous year’s forms, applications that aren’t readable, don’t have a producer or handler position number, or don’t have a signature. Please don’t send photos of an application.​​

About commodity commissions

Commodity commissioners are Oregon public officials who volunteer their time for the economic betterment of the commodity. Oregon has 23 commodity commissions that operate with oversight from the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

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Commodity commissioners perform important decision-making for their particular commodity.

Each year, commissioners develop and approve a budget using commodity assessments for non-branded promotion, research, and education schemes.

Commissioners determine the projects and programs to fund with assessments that growers and harvesters pay.

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