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Agriculture Advisory Commission
The Pierce County Agriculture Advisory Commission provides recommendations to the Executive and Council on issues of significance to or that impact the agricultural community and provides a forum to enhance and promote the long-term success of commercial agriculture in Pierce County.
Agriculture Advisory Committee meeting material from June 2023 and prior can be found HERE Version OptionsAgriculture Advisory CommissionHeadline.
The Commission shall be comprised of 16 members total; 11 voting members and 5 non-voting members. To ensure a diverse representation of various aspects of the farming and agriculture industry when appointing the 11 voting members, consideration and preference should be given to the following:
- Geographic countywide distribution, using the four Agricultural Production Areas as a guide
- Experience in crops, timber or orchards, flowers and bulbs, poultry, fish, shellfish, or livestock
- Experience in nursery, green house, agritourism, or smaller niche operations
- Experience in organic farming
- Experience in farming arable and non-arable soils
- Experience in agricultural equipment, fertilizer, chemicals, or materials sales
The five non-voting members shall be comprised of the following:
- One recommended from a local 4-H organization
- One recommended from a local Future Farmers of America (FFA) organization
- One recommended from the King-Pierce Farm Bureau
- One recommended from the Pierce Conservation District
- One recommended from the Washington State University Cooperative Extension.
All commission voting members shall be residents of Pierce County or be active commercial agricultural producers or supporting industries operating in Pierce County.
Members of the Commission shall be appointed by the Executive and confirmed by a majority of the Council by resolution. The Commission shall consist of 11 voting members. Effective January 1, 2024, the first terms of the Commission's voting members shall be staggered as follows:
- Five shall be appointed for two years, to expire January 1, 2026
- Six shall be appointed for four years, to expire January 1, 2028.
Thereafter, the successors to the first appointment shall be appointed for 4-year terms. No member of the Commission shall be eligible to serve more than two full terms consecutively.