MNPC meeting:Agenda—March 18

Midwest Nut Producers Council, Annual Meeting

March 18, 2017

9302 Portland Road

Clarksville, Michigan 48815


10:00   Welcome and introductions

Pete Ivory, MNPC President and owner of Ivory Farms

10:10   Asian chestnut gall wasp in Michigan; what we know and where we’re headed

Dr. Josh Springer and Dr. Dennis Fulbright, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Science, Michigan State University

Dr. Deb McCullough, Dept. of Entomology, Michigan State University

11:00   Advances in chestnut rooted cuttings

Dr. Carmen Medina-Mora and Mario Mandujano, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Science, Michigan State University

11:30   Strategies for inoculating chestnut seedlings with truffles

Dr. Gian Maria Niccolo Benucci, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Science, Michigan State University

12:00    LUNCH

1:00   Midwest Nut Producers Council business meeting

Pete Ivory, MNPC President and owner of Ivory Farms

Bill Nash, MNPC Treasurer and owner of Nash Nurseries

1:30   Chestnut production year in review

Clarksville plots Dr. Dennis Fulbright, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Michigan State University

Cooperative discussion Roger Blackwell, President of Chestnut Growers Inc. and owner of New Era Chestnuts

2:30   Open discussion period (15 minutes per topic)

               The importance of cropload estimate—Led by Ginger      Rinkel, MNPC Secretary and owner of Vicary Road Chestnut Farm and Bill Nash, MNPC Treasurer and owner of Nash Nurseries

                Using supplemental pollen—Led by Dr. Dennis Fulbright, Dept. of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Michigan State University

                Hypovirulence treatment update—Dr. Josh Springer, Chestnut Orchard Solutions

               Acreage update—Led by Bill Nash, MNPC Treasurer and owner of Nash Nurseries

3:30   Food safety on the farm

Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension 

4:00    Meeting wrap-up; evaluation, pesticide credits &  adjourn

Erin Lizotte, Michigan State University Extension


Registration Open for the 2017 Midwest Nut Producers Council’s Annual Meeting

This meeting is a great opportunity for new growers to network and current growers to learn about optimizing productivity.

This meeting is free to MNPC member farms who remit their $50 in dues at the door, non-members pay $20 online via the registration page. Pesticide recertification credits will be available. You may download the complete agenda and register for the event by visiting https://events.anr.msu.edu/MNPC17/. Registration closes on March 16th.

 

MSU Extension programs and material are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Erin Lizotte at 231-944-6504 to make arrangements. Requests will be met when possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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