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Consider chestnuts: a potential perennial for market farms

publication date: Aug 1, 2016
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Consider a perennial crop that is more shelf-stable than most fruits, quicker to produce than most nuts, and in such demand that U.S imports far exceed domestic production while consumption continues to rise. In June I attended the annual meeting of the Chestnut Growers of America (CGA), co-hosted by the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry (UMCA), where an experienced grower told me, “This is one of the few industries where you want more competition. We need that critical mass. We’ll give [new growers] all the support they need.”


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