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Hop Growers of America Proposes By-Laws Amendments

January 11, 2019

The Hop Growers of America Board of Directors will discuss several proposed changes to the organization’s By-Laws during the upcoming HGA Annual Meeting, scheduled for Thursday, January 24 during the American Hop Convention.  The Annual Meeting will begin at 1:30 pm in De Anza III at the Portola Hotel in Monterey, CA.  Several “housekeeping” updates are proposed, but two important changes will be presented to the membership.  Both of these changes pertain to Association Members. 

 

First, a change in the makeup of the Board is proposed.  Current board positions are specified with 4 from Washington, 2 from Oregon, 1 from Idaho, 1 at-large individual grower representative, and 1 at-large association representative.  As Idaho’s acreage and production has now surpassed that of Oregon, a second seat for Idaho is proposed.

 

The second substantive change pertains to the Association dues rate.  Current dues are $0.0025 per pound of hops (equating to $0.50 per 200 pound bale) produced by the member state, with a minimum of $5,000.  The proposed rate is $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.  Under the current rate HGA is able to reimburse 25% of the staff costs, although the time invested by Washington Hop Commission staff on HGA’s programs is estimated at 50% of total staff time.  The proposed change will have no net impact on Washington grower assessments, as the Washington Hop Commission will pay more dues, but will receive additional reimbursement for staff expenses.  However, Idaho and Oregon Hop Commissions would be impacted by this increase.

 

A packet is attached outlining the proposed By-Laws changes.  If you have questions and do not plan to attend the Annual Meeting, you may contact Ann George at ageorge@wahops.org.  

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