Michigan: Midwest Nut Producers Council Meeting, Hickory Corners, March 9-10

Photo: Chestnut Growers of America

The Midwest Nut Producers Council (MNPC) will hold its annual membership meeting in March with an expanded 2-day program that will cover more topics and allow for increased interaction among attendees. The meeting is set for March 9-10 at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E Gull Lake Drive in Hickory Corners, Michigan on March 9-10.

The meeting is the premier gathering for chestnut growers in the region and should offer learning opportunities for both current and aspiring growers.

The extended program will allow for more in-depth educational and networking opportunities for chestnut producers, including a social mixer and silent auction at the historical Caretaker’s Cottage on site, according to organizers.

Topics will include:

  • An update on Asian chestnut gall wasp.
  • Kernel quality.
  • Pollination and related issues.
  • Chestnut weevil management.

Download the draft agenda here.

The MNPC board also will hold a business meeting and develop a new list of priorities based on grower needs and feedback. Additionally, the board asks all members to consider nominees for the positions of MNPC Secretary, Vice President, and Directors as current members of the board step down.


The cost of the meeting is $75. Registration includes annual MNPC membership, the conference packet, snacks and meals as well the mixer featuring chestnut beverages and snacks. Register here.


On-site lodging is available but must be secured separately before March 2. Single occupancy is $59 per person per night, double occupancy is $45 per person per night, triple/quad lodging $36 per person per night. On-site lodging is adequate, but comparable to dorms-style lodging and not hotel lodging. No rooms will be available after the conference begins. Secure room by visiting here.

Accommodations and Contacts

For more information about the program, contact Erin Lizotte at taylo548@msu.edu.  For assistance with registration, email events@anr.msu.edu. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504 or taylo548@msu.edu.

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