Whatcom County is well represented when it comes to the new Processed Raspberry Council.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack appointed 23 representatives to serve on the council. The five members from Washington state are all from Whatcom County: Brad Rader, John Clark, Rolf Haugen, Adam Enfield and Ravinder Dhaliwal. Whatcom County also has three alternate members: Jonathan Maberry, Frank DeVries and Mark Van Mersbergen.
The national council is funded through industry member fees, with a goal to expand, maintain and develop markets in the U.S. and around the world. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA will provide oversight of the council.