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Feb 20, 2024
2024 Midwest Chestnut Producers annual meeting provides educational programs this March

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and the Midwest Chestnut Producers Council (MCPC) will host an annual educational and networking event March 8-9 at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, 3700 E. Gull Lake Dr., Hickory Corners, Michigan.

Programming for this year’s event includes information on pest management, orchard management and open forum discussions geared towards both novice and experienced growers. This meeting also provides Michigan chestnut growers an opportunity to network with one another.Chestnuts


Friday, March 8 

  • Welcome from Abby Johnson, president MCPC and Ox Heights Farms 
  • Asian chestnut gall wasp update
  • Chestnut brown rot research update
  • Grower presentation: Deer exclusion fence, Jon Nash, Nash Nurseries 
  • Grower open forum: How growers manage pests on farm, how strategies change from year 1-15+ 
  • Introduction and implications of oak wilt on chestnut tree health
  • Travelogue: VII International Chestnut Symposium and tour of Spain
  • Grower open forum Grower presenter  

Saturday, March 9 

  • MCPC Business Meeting 
  • Brief discussion: Site selection for growing chestnuts 
  • Tree physiology 101 
  • Getting started with labor on the farm


Pre-registration is required and payment will be collected at the door. Check or cash is preferred. Registration closes March 1, so sign up today!

Registration cost for MCPC members is $175; nonmembers $250. Additional family/farm members (up to four) may attend an additional cost and must be registered individually. Lodging is separate and not included with registration.

Registration is now open online for the 2024 Midwest Chestnut Producers annual meeting. 

Although membership is not required to attend, participants who wish to join MCPC may do so during this event. For more information, contact Abby Johnson, president for MCPC via email.

Hotel accommodations must be made separately. Contact the Kellogg Biological Station via email or phone at 269-671-2160. For more information about MCPC annual event, contact Erin Lizotte.

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