Location: The Grand Event Center, 316 Washington St, Northfield, MN 55057

The Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative and the University of Minnesota are proud to announce the 15th Annual Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference will be held March 22-23, 2024 at The Grand Event Center in Northfield, Minnesota. 

Join growers, researchers, and other nut enthusiasts for two days of lively hazelnut production research and agroforestry presentations and discussions in the heart of the beautiful Cannon River Watershed. The festivities will get started in the afternoon of Friday, March 22 with a site visit to University of Minnesota hazelnut research fields in Rosemount leading to an evening of networking and live music. A vendor showcase will feature exhibits from growers and other organizations throughout the conference beginning Friday afternoon. On Saturday, March 23, the morning will be filled with research updates on topics including propagation, irrigation, and entomology as well as discussions of hazelnut cultivars and flavor compounds. Following a catered lunch, the afternoon will bring discussions of seed-based strategy including genomic prediction models and genetic improvements. Two industry development sessions will round out the day with representatives from American Hazelnut Company and other partner organizations who will discuss new agroforestry funding opportunities.

Friday, March 22–1:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 23 –8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Event contact: Greg Schweser, schwe233@umn.edu, 612-625-9706

Registration questions: Extension Registration, ext-reg@umn.edu

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