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VEGETABLE & SMALL FRUIT CHECK-OFF PASSES

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Ohio's vegetable and small fruit growers approved by a two to one margin (92 yes and 46 no) to assess themselves approximately three dollars per acre. The funds will be used to finance needed research to increase grower profitability.
 According to Bruce Buurma, president of the Ohio Vegetable and Potato Growers Association, "We have worked two years developing the program and believe we have the most workable and efficient program of its kind in the country." The program covers over thirty different vegetable and small fruit crops. Tomatoes for processing, grapes for processing and all tree fruits are exempt from the program. Growers with three acres or more of the covered crops are subject to the assessment.
 Ohio Fruit Grower Society President, Bob Sage of Chardon, believes the program will raise over $75,000 per year for needed industry research. "Our hope is to leverage these grower dollars with other public and private dollars to direct over $200,000 annually toward solving the production problems of Ohio growers," he said. Sage also added, "This will go a long way toward keeping Ohio growers competitive in a world market."
 The Ohio Department of Agriculture will soon be accepting nominees to serve on the 12 member grower board which will administer the program. Growers and grower groups may nominate qualified producers to serve on the board. The board is appointed by the director of agriculture with provision that the board must equitably represent all segments of the industry and areas of the state.
 Both Sage and Buurma expressed the regret that more growers had not participated in the referendum voting. According to Buurma, "The board will have to work hard building grower awareness and support before December 1993 when the first assessments will be due." The program is essentially a formalized voluntary program and will need grower support to be effective. "On the positive side," said Sage, "specialty crop producers understand the importance of research and have close ties to fruit and vegetable researchers."
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 /CONTACT: Mike Pullins of the Ohio Fruit and Vegetable Growers, 614-249-2424/


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