Marketing track at LaCrosse conference, July 27-29

Are you marketing products as Driftless or want to? Come share your experience and learn from others at the Northern Nut Growers conference in LaCrosse, Monday & Tuesday, July 27-29. Its not too late to register! For more information and to register, go to

Sessions & speakers on marketing and supply chains include a talk on Geographic Indication work linking the US and Europe, an international session on cashew supply chains, a session on supply chain for oils and vinegars: another session on wildcrafting nuts for market, and people from around the region building supply chains for nuts grown here.

On Monday:

Justin Gibson, VomFass, will be joining us from Madison, WI to talk about VomFass and how they work with growers and processors to deliver a high quality nut oil with a story to market.

Tom Rutledge, Hammons Products in Missouri, will talk about their supply chain, bringing wildcrafted nuts to international markets.

Bill Nash, Chestnut Growers, Inc. in Michigan, will share information on cooperative chestnut marketing.

Jeff Jensen, American Hazelnut Company, joining us from Iowa, will update us on regional hazelnut supply chain development.

On Tuesday:

Beth Barham, American Origin Products Research Foundation in Arkansas, is offering a workshop on Geographic Indication, with panelist Butch Weege past president of the Wisconsin Ginseng Growers Association, and another speaker, yet to be announced.

Karen Korsland & Amanda Sames from University of Minnesota, will talk about market research for regional hazelnut production.

Brad Paul, TechnoServe and the University of WI Land Tenure Center, will share his stories of cashew supply chains originating in Mozambique so that we can learn from international experience.

Wednesday tour – July 29:

Brad Niemcek, Kickapoo Culinary Center in Soldiers Grove, will show us the new products kitchen in this rural town and talk about hazelnut processing.

Dani Lind, Rooted Spoon in Viroqua, WI will talk a bit about the role of chefs in developing supply chains for regional food, and will show us how she does it by serving a delicious meal.