The Marketing Associations is the term given to the family of marketing cooperatives created last year in compliance with the Capper-Volstead Act which gives agricultural producers, their handlers and sales agents, the legal ability to discuss market information that they would otherwise be unable to discuss. Four separate associations have been created: The Washington Apple Growers Marketing Association (WAGMA); the Washington Pear Marketing Association (WPMA); the Mid-Columbia Pear Marketing Association (MCPMA); and the Northwest Cherry Marketing Association (NWCMA). Each association is a separate legal entity governed by its own Board of Directors. Bruce Grim was named Manager in May 2001. Tracey Simmons fills the Administrative Assistant position as of September, 2002.