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January 26, 2016  

Midwest Mint Growers annual meeting scheduled for Plymouth

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Midwest mint growers will gather Feb. 25-26 in northern Indiana to learn various topics about production of the plant.

The Midwest Mint Growers Meeting is hosted by the Indiana Mint Market Development and Research Council, Agricultural Research at Purdue and Purdue Extension. It will be held at Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail.

Mint has been a staple crop in northwestern and north-central Indiana since the late 1800s because of the favorable soil types and relatively high water in the area. It also does well in southern Michigan and Wisconsin.

Mint is primarily grown for its oil, which is used as flavoring for gum and candy, toothpaste and other oral hygiene products, and in the pharmaceutical industry. Indiana ranks fourth in peppermint production and fifth in spearmint production in the United States.

The meeting will cover topics including weed management, crop insurance, pest control and industry updates. Presentations from several Purdue specialists with expertise in economics, equipment, growing and processing will be included in the meeting. 

On Feb. 25, guest speaker Noel Stuckman, a longtime mint grower from Michigan, will deliver an after-dinner talk about mint production in the 1940s.

Registration is $40 before Feb. 19 and $45 for registrations after that date. For more information visit or call Jerry Fankhauser at 765-494-8368. Lodging at Swan Lake Resort is $99 per night. Reservations can be made by calling 574-935-5680.           

Writer: Megan Tarter,

Source: Jerry Fankhauser, 765-494-8368,

Agricultural Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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