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Rogers Reserve Phase II The Rogers Reserve, the fully endowed MSU agricultural reseach station on 100 acres of land in south Jackson County, initiated Phase II of its building plan this winter.

Previously consisting of a pole barn for large pieces of equipment, a workshop and chestnut processing facility, Phase II adds a large wet lab, smaller anayltical lab/conference room, office, rest rooms, and a locker room with a shower.
Chestnut Peeling Line The chestnut peeling line located at the Rogers Reserve was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council supported by funding fom the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.

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Summer 2012 Newsletter

Midwest Nut Producers Council Journal - The Newsletter for Professional Chestnut Growers in the Midwest

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2012 North American Chestnut Farm Workshop

August 30 – Sept. 2
Holiday Inn Jackson NW, Jackson, MI
Register online!
The last day to register online for this event is August 22, 2012.

This 3-day workshop is being held immediately prior to the 5th International Chestnut Symposium in Shepherdstown, WV, Sept. 4-8. Hear presentations from chestnut experts from Australia, China, Italy, Turkey and the United States, and tour orchards, field plots and chestnut processing facilities. This workshop is sponsored by Ernie and Mabel Rogers Research Endowment at Michigan State University, the Midwest Nut Producers Council and Chestnut Growers of America.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide practical information to growers with established orchards, as well as growers thinking about establishing chestnut orchards in North America. A meeting of this magnitude has not been held in the United States for 20 years. A complete schedule of sessions and events and registration information is provided in the attached issue of the Midwest Nut Producers Council Journal.

Do you have questions about the upcoming workshop? Please contact Dennis Fulbright by email or phone (517) 819-1043.

Michigan State University's Rogers Reserve

The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990.  The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community concerned with natural resources and food production.  In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm.  Funds have been spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects with the MSU Office of Land Management.  Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005.  Phase II was started in November 2009 and will be complete by April 2010.  Phase II consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms.  The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council supported by funding fom the USDA Rural Development program.  It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.