NNGA's 113th Annual Meeting

July 21-24, 2024

State University of New York (SUNY)
College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Syracuse, NY

Northern Nut Growers Association / Chestnut Growers of America
Meeting Highlights

Mark your calendars for the 2024 NNGA annual meeting to be held jointly with the Chestnut Growers of America in Syracuse NY, from July 21st-24th. The planning committee assisted by Andy Newhouse (aenewhou@esf.edu) of SUNYESF is busy exploring on campus and local opportunities for the conference. A late spring issue of The Nutshell will include details about events, list of presenters, lodging, and registration. We plan to offer an early bird discount if you register before June 15. Watch your email or check the NNGA website (nutgrowing.org) to see periodic updates as the planning committee firms up the program.
The conference will begin with registration on Sunday afternoon, July 21, followed by a welcome reception that evening. Both NNGA and CGA will hold board meetings on Sunday and business meetings later in the week. Anticipate the traditional Sunday evening Show & Tell, Monday evening auction, and Tuesday evening banquet.

We are planning for all-day technical sessions on Monday and Tuesday, opening with keynote presentations by Andy Newhouse (ESF) or Hill Craddock (University of Tennessee). Expect to hear multiple presentations from members of ESF’s American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project (www.esf.edu/chestnut) and other local experts.
The planning committee will be balancing session topics to include other nut species besides chestnut. This year we are planning for 10-minute lightning talks and 30-minute technical presentations.

Anticipate there will be a CAPS program featuring local attractions in Syracuse and nearby.
On Wednesday, July 24, we are planning an all-day field tour. As is tradition with the Chestnut Growers of America, we will carpool or drive our own vehicles to the field tour sites. In the morning Andy Newhouse and staff will provide a short campus laboratory tour at ESF followed by a field tour at the ESF’s chestnut field research site.

After lunch at the research site, we can choose whether to check out the hazel/chestnut orchard and seedlings at Z's Nutty Ridge, dig into the operational details of a producing orchard of cold hardy Chinese/Chinese hybrid chestnuts for zone 5b at Finger Lakes Nut Farm, or participate in a tree to table black walnut experience at Black Squirrel Farms in Penn Yan 70 miles SW of Syracuse. The other sites are 30 to 40 miles south of Syracuse.

We are also looking into local options for post-conference stops as you head home on Thursday.

On-campus residential housing is not available. The conference headquarters will be the Collegian Hotel, which is less than a mile from ESF. Group rates (single or double occupancy) will likely be $115 plus 15% taxes per night. We expect to book a block of rooms for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday night and a small block of rooms for Saturday and Wednesday night. If flying, plan to fly into the Syracuse Hancock International Airport (8 miles from the hotel) and take the shuttle to the Collegian Hotel.

Finally, please share this information with non-member friends and colleagues. Conference information is openly posted at nutgrowing.org.

Call for Presentations
The planning committee is looking for a few more folks, especially growers, willing to do a poster, lightning talk (5 min presentation plus 5 min Q&A) or a technical presentation (25 min PowerPoint plus 5 min Q&A). If you have an idea for a presentation, contact Jerry Henkin (sproutnut@aol.com) before January 15. Expect to submit a short abstract and bio for the program and a supporting article for The Nutshell.

Support the Auction
Now is the time to be thinking about possible items you could offer for the Monday night auction. Proceeds from the auction support the research grants program. Items in the past have included gift certificates, seedlings and grafts, shelled and in-shell nuts, historical documents, artworks, tools, candy, baked goods, and fermented beverages. In 2023, we had 32 items from 13 donors that generated more than $2,590 for the research fund. Let’s see if we cannot improve on these numbers.

Exhibitors Wanted
Do you provide a product or service useful to nut tree growers, processors, or enthusiasts? Consider doing a staffed exhibit (includes full registration) or stand-alone display (small fee for table). Contact Carl Albers at 607 -346-5226 or cwalbers@yahoo.com for more information and to be added to the list.

A Look at Last Year's Conference