Washington cherry marketing order extended

01/13/2012 09:59:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Washington cherry growers have voted to continue their federal marketing order for another six years.

Ninety-two percent of the state’s sweet cherry growers, representing 82% of total volume, gave the thumbs-up during a November referendum, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which administers the order.

Two-thirds of voting growers, or growers representing two-thirds of volume, must OK the order for it to continue. Votes are held every six years.

The order authorizes grade, size, quality, maturity, container, and pack regulations.

Established in 1957, the order also provides authority for marketing research and development projects.

The committee overseeing the order is made up of 16 grower and handler members and is managed by B.J. Thurlby.

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Mike Rubidoux    
Redding, CA  |  January, 16, 2012 at 10:25 AM

The industry has a great advocate and hard worker in BJ Thurlby. They made an excellent decision on that basis alone.

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