Purdue News

March 4, 2005

Ballots to go out soon for mint check-off program

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Office of Agricultural Research Programs at Purdue University will soon mail ballot forms to mint growers for the 2005 referendum on the continuation of the Indiana Mint Market Development and Research program.

The Market Development Council, which supports research and development programs for mint and mint oil products, is financed by a check-off, which amounts to 4 cents per pound of mint oil. If the referendum passes, funds will continue to be collected at the point of first sale. Growers can obtain a form for a check-off refund if they do not want to contribute.

Mark Hermodson, interim director of Purdue Agricultural Research Programs, oversees the council, per state statute. Growers who are registered with the Agricultural Research Programs office will receive ballots by mail. Growers can register at their local Purdue Extension office or by contacting Jerry Fankhauser at (765) 494-8360, fankhaus@purdue.edu.

Indiana mint growers first petitioned for the mint check-off referendum in 1987. The Mint Market Development Council is made up of elected mint growers.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 494-8402, agnews-stories@purdue.edu

Source: Jerry Fankhauser, (765) 494-8360, fankhaus@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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