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Agriculture

February 28, 2014

Purdue agriculture and extension events

MIDWEST MINT GROWERS MEETING: FEB. 27-28

Midwest mint growers will gather Feb. 27-28 in Plymouth to learn about a variety of production and use topics related to this specialty oil crop. The meeting is sponsored by the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue, Purdue Extension and the Indiana Mint Market Development and Research Council. It will be at Swan Lake Resort, 5203 Plymouth-LaPorte Trail. The program will start with a welcome from Dan Gumz, president of the Indiana Mint Market Development and Research Council. A banquet will be held Feb. 27 with an address by Mike Hoffman, chief meteorologist for WNDU-TV in South Bend. The workshops will wrap up with midday state grower meetings Feb. 28.

Educational talks will be offered both days. Among the topics are the use of new herbicides and insecticides in mint, proper sprayer tank use and maintenance and a marketing update from an oil buyer's perspective. Registration forms and program details were mailed to council members. Registration fee is $45. For more information, contact Jerry Fankhauser at 765-494-8368 or fankhaus@purdue.edu.

CONTACT: Jerry Fankhauser, 765-494-8368, fankhaus@purdue.edu

MARCH 4: ILLIANA VEGETABLE GROWERS SYPOSIUM

The Illiana Vegetable Growers Symposium, postponed because of storms in January, has been rescheduled for March 4. The program will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST at Teibel's Restaurant, 1175 U.S. 41 in Schererville. Commercial vegetable growers and market farmers can learn about resources and processes to improve their businesses. Speakers will include faculty and Extension educators from Purdue University and the University of Illinois, and representatives from local farms and the Jasper County Soil and Water Conservation District. Participants will learn about neonicotinoid insecticides, managing insects in cucurbits, fertilizer recordkeeping, farm to school, high tunnels, and using sanitizers in post-harvest water. There also will be breakout sessions during which participants can choose a session on either soil health or opportunities with leafy greens and aronia berries. Participants who did not register in advance can register at the door for $25, but they will not be guaranteed lunch. For more information or to register, visit the events page at https://ag.purdue.edu/hla/fruitveg/Pages/default.aspx or contact Maynard at 219-531-4200, Ext. 4206.

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