There is hereby created a Washington apple commission to be thus known and designated. The commission shall be composed of nine apple growers and four apple dealers. In addition, the director shall be a full voting member of the commission and may
in his or her place appoint any other employee of the department of agriculture as
a designee to attend commission meetings and otherwise represent the director and
exercise the director's vote.
The nine grower members shall be citizens and residents of this state, over the age
of twenty-five years, each of whom, either individually or as an executive officer
of a corporation, firm or partnership, is and has been actually engaged in growing
and producing apples within the state of Washington for a period of five years, currently
operates a commercial producing orchard in the district represented, and has during
that period derived a substantial portion of his or her income therefrom. The four dealer members shall be persons who, either individually or as executive
officers of a corporation, firm, partnership, association, or cooperative organization,
are and have been actively engaged as dealers in apples within the state of Washington
for a period of five years, and are citizens and residents of this state, and are
engaged as apple dealers in the district represented. The qualifications of members of the commission as herein set forth must continue
during their term of office. A person who meets the qualifications of both a grower and a dealer as set forth
in this section may serve as either a grower member or a dealer member.
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