The Washington Blueberry Commission was formed under a marketing order from the Director of Agriculture in 1969, following Washington Agricultural Enabling Act of 1955. All growers in the state voted unanimously to form the commission and six commissioners were nominated to establish the commission. The commission serves as a touchstone for grower advocacy, research and best practices, and marketing for the hardworking growers and their 18,000+ planted acres across Washington State.

The commission meets once each quarter to conduct business and at the spring meeting, all growers are invited to attend and review the activities that have taken place in the industry. The budget for the year is also presented and two commissioners are elected for a three-year term.

Washington’s first plantings of blueberries were established over seventy years ago. During the early years when blueberries were getting established in the state, there were very few processors who would take blueberries and very few growers shipped fresh. Most of the growers had small acreages and they tried to sell most of their fruit directly from the farm. At the same time diseases were getting started in the blueberries and they needed some way to help finance research and in addition, it was a new fruit for people and they needed some way to promote the use of them. Thus the commission was formed.

The Washington Blueberry Commission was formed in 1969 under a marketing order from the Director of Agriculture. It was established under the Washington Agricultural Enabling Act of 1955. All growers in the state voted unanimously to form the commission and six commissioners were nominated to establish the commission and one-quarter of a cent ($.0025) per pound was assessed on each years crop harvested. With the increase of acreage the assessment was in increased to $.0075 per pound and then in 2001 it was decreased to $.0040 per pound ($8.00 a ton) when the National program was voted in at $12.00 a ton.

At present we have an estimated 13,000 acres in production in the state with an annual budget of approximately $500,000. 80% of this budget goes toward research, promotion and export marked development with the remaining 15% going towards administrative costs. Our budget will continue to grow with the increase of new acreage being established. Approximately 55% of production is in western Washington and 45% in eastern Washington. About 20% of Washington Blueberry production is organic. Approximately 75% of Washington production is processed and 25% is for the fresh market.

The commission meets once each quarter to conduct business and at the spring meeting all growers are invited to attend and review the activities that have taken place in the industry. The budget for the year is also presented and two commissioners are elected for a three year term.

With the growth of the blueberry industry in the state, we feel fortunate that the commission was formed so many years ago. More growth and disease problems seem to come up and it has been a real help to have the funds available to do research and also promote the use of them. Blueberry consumption has increased over 50% in the last 10 years and the nutritional value in the blueberry has caught the public’s attention.

Current Commissioners

Authority: RCW 15.65 WAC 16-550
Established: 1969
Term Limit: None
Board Membership: The board consists of 7 members; 6 elected producers and 1 WSDA Representative.
Nominations: April (thirty days in advance of election)
Elections: Within the month of May

Positions 1 & 2 are elected the same year
Positions 3 & 4 are elected the same year
Positions 5 & 6 are elected the same year

 

Alan Schreiber,
Executive Director

(509) 266-4300

aschreib@centurytel.net

Leif Olsen,
Position 1 – Elected

(509) 973-2203 (C)
(509) 781-0395

Todd Van Mersbergen , Vice Chair
Position 2 – Director Appointed

(360)  410-9500 
Toddvm75@hotmail.com

Adam Enfield,
Position 3 – Elected

(360) 815-0840
adam@enfieldfarms.com

Rob Dhaliwal,
Position 4 – Director Appointed

(360) 815-6324 (C)

Brenton Roy, Chairman
Position 5 – Elected

(509) 973-3035
broy@oasis-inc.co

Bryan Sakuma, Treasurer
Position 6 – Director Appointed

(360) 661-4159 (C)
(360) 757-6611

Rebecca Weber,
Position 7, WSDA Representative

(509) 735-3666

2019 Meetings

  • January 17th – Mt. Vernon, WA
  • April 19th – Lynden, WA at Steakhouse 9 – 11AM
  • June 11th – Teleconference – 10AM
  • October 23rd – Yakima, WA – WSDA Office – 11AM

Endorsed Packers

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Helpful Links

Note: The web sites listed here are not associated directly with the Washington Blueberry Commission.

Blueberry Commissions

Blueberry Councils and Associations

Northwest Berry and Grape Infonet
Information for blueberries and other fruit

Northwest Center for Small Fruit Research
Blueberry research and other crops

North American Blueberry Council
Quality and standards resources for growers and commissions

Washington State Pesticide Info
Pesticide information specific to Washington State

WSU Extension
Washington State University Extension web site

Research

Commission Contact

Alan Schreiber
2621 Ringold Road
Eltopia, WA  99330
Phone: (509) 266-4300
Fax: (509) 266-4317
aschreib@centurytel.net