The Washington Asparagus Commission’s mission is to support the economic and environment sustainability of the Washington Asparagus industry. Our mission is to provide strong leadership and innovation and to build relationships to meet the grower and consumer needs.
The main function of the Washington Asparagus Commission is to promote Washington Asparagus as a product of unsurpassed quality and nutrition both domestically and in the foreign markets, monitor and address trade issues, to advance environmentally sound production and practices through research. The Washington Asparagus Commission represents the growers’ interests in areas and issues relating to the asparagus industry.
Washington’s $165 thousand dollar annual budget works collectively with its members, growers and interested parties to benefit all Washington State asparagus farmers.
Washington Asparagus Commission was established in 1991 when it was approved by referendum vote of the Washington Asparagus growers. The Commission’s budget is funded by an assessment collected from growers which is 1% of the gross receipt at the first point of sale. The assessment requirement became effective in 1991.
The Board of the Washington Asparagus Commission consists of nine members. Six members are asparagus producers who are elected from designated districts. One member represents fresh handlers of asparagus and one member represents processors who are each elected by their respective groups. One board member represents the Washington Department of Agriculture.
Board meetings are held quarterly – January, April, July and October. (*Note – April meetings are re-scheduled to late March when necessary.)
Growers and Interested parties are encouraged to attend.
Jan. 13 2016- WSU Prosser