During the January 24 Annual Meeting of Hop Growers of America, two important changes to the By-Laws were adopted. First, a change in the makeup of the Board was approved to add a second representative from Idaho. Board positions now include 4 from Washington, 2 from Oregon, 2 from Idaho, 1 at-large individual grower representative, and 1 at-large association representative. The second substantive change pertains to the Association dues rate. Association dues were revised to $0.00375 per pound (equating to $0.75 per bale). This change will allow the HGA Board to increase its contract with the Washington Hop Commission to cover 50% of the budget for staff costs, representing the actual staff time invested in HGA programs. The revised By-Laws are attached. Draft minutes from the January 23 HGA Board Meeting and January 24 HGA Annual Meeting are also attached.
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