The Folsom-based California Walnut Commission is planning elections for members and alternates to serve two-year terms starting Sept. 1.

Nominations will be accepted May 1-31. Election results are expected in August, according to a news release.

Eight member and alternate slots each are set aside for producers, and four for handlers. Once elected, they will nominate a public member. Karen Ross, secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, appoints members and alternates.

To get on the ballot, producer candidates must submit a nomination form with at least 15 eligible grower signatures. Handler candidates must include five or more handler signatures.

Commission membership is equally divided between two districts. More information is available at 916-932-7070.

“We invite all growers and handlers to consider running for the positions available,” Dennis Balint, chief executive officer, said in the release.