Thursday, August 21, 2008

Iowa Meeting Highlights

The Iowa Convention featured Checkoff Discussion as part of the General Session.
Betty Malone reported on the Checkoff Study Task Force's progress, including:
  • An overview of the Task Force findings
  • A synopsis of Task Force Recommendations (Power Point)
  • A DRAFT of what a Checkoff program for the Christmas Tree Industry MIGHT look like
  • Thoughts on Leveraging Checkoff funds
  • Checkoff Task Force Contact info
  • People in the Christmas Tree Industry that have experience with Checkoffs involving other commodities

Hugh Whaley led the group through some ins and outs of checkoffs, and a question and answer period.

Paul Teague discussed his experiences with the Watermelon Promotion and Research Board, as a grower, first handler for other growers and board member.

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