Sheep and wool purchased by handlers in Indiana will begin assessment for the state checkoff program starting Dec. 1 to fund the state's newly created Sheep and Wool Market Development Program.
The program officially began on July 1 with the agreement that the checkoff assessment would begin once remittance forms were approved. Those forms, along with more information about the program, have been mailed to the state's sheep and wool handlers.
When wool or sheep are sold, one-half of 1 percent of the net market price will be deducted for the checkoff assessment, said Jerry Fankhauser, assistant director of the Office of Agricultural Research at Purdue.
The Sheep and Wool Market Development Council, which will administer the program, will make recommendations to the director of ARP on how to spend the funds. They can be spent in the areas of sheep and wool research, education, market development and promotion.
The council will be composed of sheep and wool producers representing nine county-based districts. Indiana sheep producers will have the opportunity to elect the council when ballots are mailed out in December.
The goals of the Sheep and Wool Market Development Program include supporting sheep and wool research, encouraging consumer education about lamb and wool products and stressing market development, including producer education and sales promotion.
Reprinted in part from AgriNews