Midwest Chestnut Producers Council Farm Tour

Join us August 25 to learn about chestnut production in Michigan, raise money for research, and connect with other growers.

July 31, 2018 - Author: Erin Lizotte

Chestnut harvest in Michigan
Chestnut harvest in Michigan. Photo by Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension.

The Midwest Chestnut Producers Council (MCPC, formerly the Midwest Nut Producers Council) is pleased to invite all growers to attend the first annual MCPC Summer Meeting and Farm Tour. The meeting will include: insight into establishing new orchards directly from experienced growers; an in-depth discussion of tree mortality over the 2017-18 winter; and pest management education with Dr. Deb McCullough and Erin Lizotte from Michigan State University. Additionally, the meeting will provide an opportunity to network with new and experienced growers over the course of the day. Lastly, it will be an opportunity to raise funds for chestnut research and outreach. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative opportunity! See the full agenda below.

The event will be held on the Sluis Farm on Saturday August 25, 2018 from 10:00-3:00 p.m. and lunch is included. The Sluis farm is located at 100 North Moorland Road, Ravenna, MI 49451.

The cost is $25 and payable via cash or check at the farm. Registration is required, please RSVP to MCPCboard@gmail.com and include your name, number of people attending and any dietary or accessibility requests.

Draft Agenda for MCPC Summer Meeting and Farm Tour, August 25, 2018

10:00-10:15         Registration

10:15-10:30         Welcome to Baleout Ranch, LLC, Todd Sluis

10:30-10:45         Chestnut Growers Inc. Update, Roger Blackwell, Cooperative President

10:45-12:00         Orchard Tour, Todd Sluis

12:00-1:30           Lunch and Fundraiser Update

1:30-2:30              Tree Mortality Panel

2:30-3:00            Pest Management Update, Dr. Deb McCullough, Michigan State University Dept. of Entomology and Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension

Tags: chestnut producers, midwest nut producers council, msu extension


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