Michigan Chestnut Producers Council to hold 30th annual educational meeting

Register now to join new and experienced growers at the 30th annual Midwest Chestnut Producers Council Membership Meeting, March 13-14, 2020 in Hickory Corners, Michigan.

Chestnuts in the bur at harvest
Chestnuts in the bur at harvest. Photo by Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension.

The 30th annual Midwest Chestnut Producers Council Membership Meeting will again include two days of excellent, grower-curated programming. The event will take place March 13-14, 2020 at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station3700 E Gull Lake Dr Hickory Corners, MI 49060. This multi-day program is an in-depth educational and networking opportunity for producers and includes a social mixer as well as dedicated time for open discussion.

Some topics of interest include grower innovations, chestnut weevil, brown rot, tissue culture and farm transition. This meeting is open to the public and a great opportunity for novices and experienced growers. For more details on the program, visit the registration page and download the agenda.

In addition to educational programming, the Michigan Chestnut Producers Council board will use this opportunity to hold a business meeting and ask that attendees consider serving on the board. The continued success of the Michigan Chestnut Producers Council depends on new and existing members communicating and getting involved.

Corey Allen is again chairing the Michigan Chestnut Producers Council silent auction fundraiser and is soliciting donations. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit ongoing research and outreach. If you have an item to donate, please contact Corey Allen at cra625@gmail.com or 231-881-8889.


Registration is required and can be completed at Midwest Chestnut Producers Council Membership Meeting. Registration for the meeting is $95 for Michigan Chestnut Producers Council members and $145 for nonmembers. Each attendee must register separately. Registration includes meals, materials and the evening mixer and must be paid at the door (cash, check, credit card). Registration closes March 8.

Lodging arrangements must be made separately. 


Lodging arrangements can be made by contacting the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station at conference@kbs.msu.edu or 269-671-2400.


For information about the Michigan Chestnut Producers Council, contact Josh Springer, president of the Michigan Chestnut Producers Council, at cryphonectria@gmail.com. For more information about the program or registration, contact Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension educator, at taylo548@msu.edu.


Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504 or taylo548@msu.edu.

This material is based upon work supported by the USDA NIFA under Award No. 2017-700006-27175. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the US Department of Agriculture.

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