Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative Annual Conference next week

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Greg Schweser

Feb 25, 2021, 9:35:23 PM2/25/21
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The Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative Conference is next week.  The conference is virtual this year and will be held March 4, 5 & 6, 2021 from 9:00 to 12:30 each day.  The conference is free, but you will need to register for each day in order to get the correct Zoom link information. 

Here is the link to the conference registration page:   HazelConf21 - Upper Midwest Hazelnuts
Remember-- You need to register for each day of the conference that you plan to attend.

Here is the detailed conference agenda.

2021 UMHDI Conference

Day One – Planning, Getting Started

8:30        Zoom Opens

9:00        Conference Welcome – Linda Meschke, Rural Advantage

                Intro to the UMHDI – Jason Fischbach, UWI Extension

9:15        Site Selection, Orchard Layout, Plant & Row Spacing

                Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

10:00     Plant Selection/ Varieties – Jason Fischbach, UWI Extension

10:15     Weed Control, Orchard Maintenance – Jeff Jensen, Trees Forever

10:45     Break

11:00     Fertilizing and Leaf Tissue Testing – Mike Lovlien, Midwestern Bio-Ag

12:00     Plant Nursery Showcase

                    Great Plains Nursery – Weston, NE

                    Z’s Nutty Ridge, McGraw, NY


Day Two – Hazelnut Research

8:30        Zoom Opens

9:00        Conference Welcome – Lois Braun, U of MN Researcher

9:05        Got Weevils? – Hailey Shanovich, U of MN

9:30        Germplasm Improvement

                      Mike Demchik, UWI- Stevens Point- Considering Hazelnut Genetic Diversity at Multiple Scales

                      Lois Braun, UMN Researcher- Next Generation Upper Midwest Hazelnuts

                      Scott Brainard, UWI Researcher- Hazelnut Genomics

10:30     Break

10:45     Micropropagation – Renata Pincelli-Souza, UMN Researcher

11:15     Mechanical Harvesting of Hazelnuts – Research Update – Dave Bonhoff, UWI

11:45     Identification of Bitter Compounds in American Hazelnuts

                Xue Wang, Ohio State University

12:15     Plant Nursery Showcase

                      Forest Ag Nursery – Mark Shepard, Viola, WI


Day Three – Marketing, Financial, Processing

8:30        Zoom Opens

9:00        Conference Welcome – Greg Schweser, UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

9:05        Marketing Hazelnut Efforts in MN and WI

                        Connie Carlson, UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnership

                        Jason Fischbach, UWI Extension

10:00     Pig Feeding Trials – Platteville, WI

10:15     Processing Hazelnuts

                        Paul Ronsheim, American Hazelnut Company, Gays Mill, WI

                        Jason Fischbach, UWI Extension, Northland College Incubator, Ashland, WI

10:45     Break

11:00     USDA Programs

11:30     UMHDI Hazelnut Enterprise Budget – Jason Fischbach, UWI Extension

12:00     Plant Nursery Showcase

                          Nine Hazels Farm, Lake City, MN [Formerly Norm’s Farm]

                          Experimental Farm Network, Minneapolis [Badgersett Plant Materials]

I look forward to "seeing" you at the conference.

Sam Ewbank

Feb 28, 2021, 11:40:47 AM2/28/21
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Thanks Greg for sharing, this is definitely of interest to me and have shared the link to the Vankal fb page.


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