February 27, 2007

Annual mint meeting highlights cutting edge research in industry

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The annual Midwest Mint Growers Meeting for growers, researchers and educators will take place Thursday and Friday (March 1-2) at the Holiday Inn City Center in South Bend, Ind.

"Participants will learn about factors affecting mint persistence, research from the weed management trials and how ethanol will affect mint growers," said Jerry Fankhauser, director of the Purdue University Agricultural Centers.

On-site registration is $40, and checks should be made payable to Purdue University. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. (EST) on Thursday (March 1). The agenda for that day includes:

*  1 p.m. Welcome by Randy Matthys, president of the Indiana Mint Market Development and Research Council.

*  1:10 p.m. "Zero-distance Breeding: A Non-GMO Approach to Crop Improvement," Steve Weller, Purdue horticulture specialist.

*  1:55 p.m. Weed management trials in Indiana, Weller.

*  2:35 p.m. "Factors Affecting Mint Persistence," A.J. Bussan, horticulture-genetics specialist, and Walt Stevenson, plant pathology-genetics specialist, both of the University of Wisconsin.

*  3:30 p.m. "The 100 Million Gallon Question: What Does Ethanol Mean for Corn Prices?" Corinne Alexander, Purdue agricultural economics specialist.

*  4:40 p.m. "Mint Bud Mite and Other Pest Management Issues," Ralph Green, Purdue botany and plant pathology specialist.

Friday's (March 2) agenda includes:

*  8:15 a.m. "Avoiding Well Contamination with Pesticides," Phil Sutton, Purdue Extension Educator in St. Joseph County.

*  8:45 a.m. Buyer's outlook.

*  10:10 a.m. Mint Industry Resource Council chairman's report and perspectives on North American mint oils, Deanna Hamant, resource council chairwoman, Proctor and Gamble, Mason, Ohio.

*  10:50 a.m. "At Last! A Permanent Mint Crop Insurance Program," Barry Adkisson, U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency representative, Springfield, Ill.

*  11:10 a.m. Annual business meeting for Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan.

The Holiday Inn City Center is located at 213 W. Washington St. in South Bend.

For questions and additional information about the meeting, please contact Fankhauser at (765) 494-8368, fankhaus@purdue.edu.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

Source: Jerry Fankhauser, (765) 494-8368, fankhaus@purdue.edu

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