Committees

COMMITTEES

Committees and their members serve a vital purpose in forming the direction of the Oregon Seed Association and promoting the cause of the organization:

  • Committees serve as a training ground for future association leaders.
  • Committees serve as a conduit through which the Board receives member input.
  • Committees enhance the effectiveness of the Board of Directors by providing research analysis and advice needed for policy decisions.

Get involved!

Committees are an important link between the members and the Board of Directors, but committees need members in order to be effective! Member input, involvement and participation is a must.

Please consider participating in the association process and volunteering to serve on one or more of the committees listed below. To sign up, contact the committee chair listed below, or Angie Smith, Executive Director,  at 503-685-7555 or smith@pacwestcom.com.

For a list of outside ADVISORY COMMITTEES & BOARDS and appointed OSA representative(s), please click here.

EXECUTIVE
Comprised of the President, Vice President, Secretary/Treasurer, and Executive Director.

ASSOCIATES
Chair: Terri Burr, Pennington Seed, 541-971-4836
EP: Devon Klundt, Johanson Transportation, 503-624-1112

Shall work to provide information and expertise to the OSA and board; respond to concerns of the OSA; and provide a forum for Associates to voice concerns to OSA and Board. Their goals are to provide a means to address OSA membership as a whole. Shall compile and maintain for the membership a list of associates and their areas of expertise. Shall work to facilitate means of meaningful and mutually beneficial contribution of Associate members to the Association.

CONVENTION
Co-chair: Nancy Aerni, Turf Merchants, 541-926-8649
Co-chair: Lisa Shogren, Oregon Seed Cleaning

Members are appointed by the President to oversee planning and organization of the annual Summer Convention.

DOMESTIC
Chair: Doug Pickles, Lewis Seed, 541-491-3700
Co-chair: Debra Barnes, SiteOne Landscape Supply, 503-363-6668
EP: Kirsten Pick, Columbia Seeds, 541-791-7631

Comprised of not less than two Directors. Shall work on behalf of the Association to inform, debate, consider and influence issues related to domestic marketing, production and shipping of seed. Shall work to consider and represent all aspects of the Oregon Seed Trade including Vegetable and Specialty crops. The scope of the committee shall include all issues related to:

Legislative:
Chair: James Schneider, Barenbrug USA, 541-926-5801
Co-chair: Doug Pickles, Lewis Seed, 541-491-3700
Co-chair: Terri Burr, Pennington Seed, 541-971-4836
EP: Kate Hartnell, Saddle Butte Ag, 541-928-0102

Comprised of not less than the Secretary/Treasurer and two Directors. Shall advise the Board and the Association in all matters of legislation, federal or state, affecting the industry, coordinating such matters with the Association lobbyist; shall maintain an understanding relationship with federal and state enforcement officials and work to cooperate with them on matters of mutual interest.

Traffic:
Shall advise the Board and the Association in all matters of freight, including rail, truck and ocean carriers, and shall cultivate an understanding relationship with those representing the carriers of Oregon seed products in order that the members of the Association maintain favorable and fair freight considerations and rates.

Trade Rules and Ethics:
Shall develop, encourage and promote among its members a firmer business unity which will improve and perfect a standard of business integrity and ethics in transactions between the members, between members and their customers and with the general public. Shall encourage that in all sales and contracts of sales and advertisements, the members of the Association shall practice entire good faith, shall give full and truthful representations of the quality and description of seed sold or offered for sale, and in their trade relations shall studiously avoid the use or terms or expressions that are false or misleading. Shall cooperate and assist the Trade Rules Committee of the American Seed Trade Association on matters of mutual interest, recognizing a broad interest of the industry in trade rules and shall explore and recommend changes in trade rules beneficial to the seed industry of the United States and the foreign market.

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS SUBCOMMITTEE
Chair: Joe McAlhany, Jr., OreGro, 541-974-3201
Co-chair: Tony Ramirez, DLF-Pickseed, 541-657-8029

GE STEWARDSHIP
Chair: Greg Loberg, West Coast Beet Seed Co., 503-393-4600

INTERNATIONAL
Chair: Paul Hedgpeth, Columbia River Seed, 509-783-4052
Co-chair: Dustin Withee, Smith Seed, 541-369-2831
EP: Joe McAlhany, Jr., OreGro, 541-974-3201

Comprised of not less than two Directors. Shall work on behalf of the Association to inform, debate, consider and influence issues related to international marketing and production and shipping of seed. Shall cultivate the maintenance of cordial relations with seedsmen and government representatives in other countries; shall report to the Association any developments of interest; shall keep Association informed on import and report flaws and regulations affecting the industry; shall maintain close cooperation with the International Committee of the American Seed Trade Association and support its efforts as programmed by the offices of ASTA.

Legislative:
Chair: James Schneider, Barenbrug USA, 541-926-5801
Co-chair: Doug Pickles, Lewis Seed, 541-491-3700
Co-chair: Terri Burr, Pennington Seed, 541-971-4836
EP: Kate Hartnell, Saddle Butte Ag, 541-928-0102

Comprised of not less than the Secretary/Treasurer and two Directors. Shall advise the Board and the Association in all matters of legislation, federal or state, affecting international issues of the seed trade. Shall coordinate such matters with the Association lobbyist; shall maintain an understanding relationship with federal and state enforcement officials and work to operate with them on matters of mutual interest.

Traffic: Shall advise the Board and the Association in all matters of international freight, including rail, truck and ocean carriers, and shall cultivate an understanding relationship with those representing the carriers of Oregon seed products in order that the members of the Association maintain favorable and fair freight considerations and rates.

NOMINATING
Comprised of the immediate past President, the current President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of OSA who will meet prior to the annual convention, prepare and confirm a slate of officers and Board members, and submit their report to the general membership at the annual meeting for their revision and/or approval.

PRODUCTION DATA SUBCOMMITTEE
Chair: Colin Scott, Grassland Oregon, 630-553-5800
Co-chair: James Schneider, Barenbrug USA, 541-926-5801

PUBLIC RELATIONS
Chair: Jeff Martin, The Scotts Co., 503-792-3631
Co-chair: Phill Lindgren, Grassland Oregon, 503-566-9900
EP: Tony Ramirez, DLF-Pickseed, 541-657-8029

Comprised of not less than the immediate Past President and the current Vice President. Shall promote and publicize the Oregon Seed Association in a positive manner in areas including, but not limited to, schools, governments, other seed trades and the general public. Shall keep the Association abreast of local happenings and opportunities for positive public exposure and interaction. Shall monitor and keep updated industry publications related to promotion of seed and information related to Association events. Chair shall assume the responsibilities of organizing the annual convention or assign a Chair of the convention. Convention Chair shall be responsible for preparing a budget for the annual convention and submitting it to the Board for approval at least six months in advance of the annual meeting; select a site, dates and program subject to the President’s approval. Shall maintain and present to the Association officers a list of potential sites for the convention keeping in mind that site selection may need to occur one to three years in advance of the event.

RESOLUTION
Shall prepare and submit to the Board all resolutions, which they feel the Association should approve.

SCHOLARSHIP
Chair: Dustin Withee, Smith Seed, 541-369-2831
EP: Austin Lanzarone, DLF-Pickseed, 541-918-1001

Shall determine funds available for the Oregon State University and FFA students, contact each institution and make arrangements for announcements of the scholarships, provide applications, interview candidates, and make scholarship awards to each group once a year. The committee shall assist with fund raising for the scholarship program. The chairman shall recommend to each incoming president members of the committee for the ensuing year.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Chair: JP Olson, Proseeds Marketing, 541-928-9999
Co-chair: Terri Burr, Pennington Seed, 541-971-4836
EP: Conner Lewis, Thomas Ag, 541-497-5010

Shall be responsible for matters involving research and development, seed certification, seed testing, and quality assurance related to marketing and seed production. Shall cooperate with appropriate state and private entities including the Oregon State University Certification Board, the Oregon State Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Agriculture, state and private seed testing laboratories, and other governmental and private regulatory and research organizations. Shall monitor the activities of those organizations and keep the Association and Board apprised of changes that affect the members. Shall consider and present to the Association recommendations on priorities for certification, testing, research, extension and teaching activities.

SPECIALTY SEED
Chair: JP Olson, Proseeds Marketing, 541-928-9999
Co-chair: Greg Loberg, West Coast Beet Seed Co., 503-393-4600