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105th Annual Meeting of the NNGA

Oregon State University - Corvallis, Oregon

August 10, 2014 - August 13, 2014

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NOTE: Updates have been added on May 18: an additional lodging option has been added and registration is now open

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Invitation to the 105th NNGA Annual Meeting
by Shawn A. Mehlenbacher, Oregon State University

conference center

The 105th Annual Meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association will be held in Corvallis, Oregon, August 10-13, 2014 following the North American Fruit Explorers meeting in Troutdale. Corvallis, located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, is home to Oregon State University (OSU). Meetings will be at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center (pictured above) on the OSU campus. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn and in OSU dormitories. The meeting locations are on the southern edge of the OSU campus with parking spaces available in the Reser Stadium lot. Meeting arrangements will be handled by OSU Conference Services. Registration and payments will be through the web site created by OSU Conference Services for the NNGA meeting ( The site will be activated later this month. Exact prices have not been set, but will be similar to those for last year's meeting at Michigan State University.

Nearly all of the U.S. hazelnut crop is grown in Oregon, and OSU is a center for hazelnut research. Corvallis is also home to four units of the United States Department of Agriculture -Agricultural Research Service, including the National Clonal Germplasm Repository and the U.S. collection of hazelnuts. The NNGA last met in Corvallis in 1991. Much has changed since that time, and we look forward to welcoming you.

The NNGA board of directors will meet on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Registration will begin Sunday afternoon at the Smith Horticultural Research Farm where we will give tours of the OSU breeding program's plots, point out specimens of several Corylus species, and provide hazelnut samples for tasting. After the tours, there will be a social hour in the shade of the bigleaf maples, and then welcome reception and Bar-B-Q. We will then return to the OSU campus. The ever-popular Show-and-Tell session will be at the Alumni Center on Sunday evening.

The schedule consists of technical presentations beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday. An all-day tour of the Oregon hazelnut industry will be held on Tuesday. Topics on the tour will include micropropagation, propagation by layerage, orchard design and establishment, cultural practices, insect pests and eastern filbert blight. The Research Fund auction will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday evening. The annual banquet, elections, and conclusion of the business meeting are scheduled for Wednesday evening.

We look forward to welcoming the Northern Nut Growers Association to Oregon. We are excited by the opportunity to share our beautiful state and its rapidly expanding hazelnut industry with you, as we a wide array of topics on nut trees.


The charming city of Corvallis is a vibrant college town of 55,000 in the heart of Western Oregon's Willamette Valley. Corvallis consistently ranks among the best and safest cities to live in the U.S., as well as among the most environmentally responsible. Located on the west bank of the Willamette River, Corvallis is nestled in the picturesque heart of the Willamette Valley. Long considered the "Eden" at the end of the Oregon Trail, the lush Willamette Valley provides an ideal setting for conferences.

Visitors to the area will delight in the wonderful appeal of our historic campus, downtown shopping and dining district and area attractions. Conveniently located only 90 miles south of Portland, just a short distance to the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountain Range, and nearby to numerous area attractions and wineries, our site offers conference attendees a multitude of pre- or post-conference activity options. Corvallis is a great place to stay as you explore the area. For more information about Corvallis, visit the Corvallis Tourism Website

Oregon offers the best of the ocean, rivers, mountains, desert and lakes. Corvallis is the ultimate "bicycle - friendly" community, known for hiking and biking trails, campgrounds and the Willamette River on our doorstep. Plan to extend your visit to include the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, the Columbia River Gorge, the Cascade Mountains and High Desert, Crater Lake, the Umpqua River and any of the other great places in Oregon.


Registration is now open! Register before June 10 to take advantage of an "early bird" discount. Click to register.
During registration you will have the opportunity to make payment by credit card or to request an invoice which you can pay by mailing a check.


Reception BBQ with cash bar (Sunday evening)
NNGA Field Trip (Willamette Valley) - chartered bus with driver
Banquet (Wednesday evening)


Four tours have been planned for accompanying persons, with transportation in vans rented from the OSU Motor Pool. The fees for these tours will be set based on the number of people who register, entrance fees, meals, and transportation.

Tour A (Monday, all day): Oregon Coast. Oregon Coast Aquarium, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, lunch at Mo's on the Newport waterfront, Depoe Bay, shopping at outlet stores in Lincoln City. registration form & extra charge

Tour B (Tuesday, half or full day): Local. Finley Wildlife Refuge, lunch at Gathering Together Farm Restaurant, drive to the parking lot near the top of Mary's Peak, the highest point in the Coast Range (optional hike to the top).

Tour C (Wednesday): Tour of the OSU campus, followed by High Tea at a local winery.

Tour D (Wednesday afternoon): Tour of Hull-Oakes Lumber Co. in Monroe, 20 min south of Corvallis.


Both the Hilton Garden Inn and the International Living-Learning Center have dining facilities. Additional on-campus dining venues are close by featuring multiple eateries in food-court settings. Credit cards are accepted.


Hilton Garden Inn
The Hilton Garden Inn is a hotel which is located on campus. It is OSU's Headquarter Hotel located at 2500 SW Western Boulevard adjacent to the OSU Conference Center. The hotel has 150 rooms and features the Stadium Grill, offering breakfast and dinner, a lounge featuring popular Northwest beer and wine, a 24-hour convenience mart, complimentary guest parking, a 24-hour business center, complimentary wireless Internet service, and a heated indoor pool, whirlpool, and fitness center. Parking at the hotel is free. The cost is $114 per night plus room tax. This reduced rate will be available until July 18. This discount code for the NNGA group is "NNG".
NOTE: You must make your own reservations with the Hilton Garden Inn.) Reservations can be made online at or by calling the hotel at 1-541-752-5000. Remember to indicate that you are part of the NNGA group and that your discount code is "NNG".

Holiday Inn Express: A special rate of $94 + Tax that includes breakfast is being offered to conference attendees. The Express is located on the Willamette River and is a short drive to campus. Parking is free at the Express. For reservations call the Express directly at 541-752-0800.

International Living Learning Center (ILLC)
Residence hall (dorm) rooms will be available in the International Living Learning Center. We have single-occupancy and double-occupancy rooms available. In addition to housing students, the ILLC has 26 classrooms, many faculty offices, a market, and a coffee shop. Full kitchens and lounges are integrated into these public areas, as well. The residential wings, where you will be staying, are located off of these more public areas. These wings are always locked and private from the rest of the building.
Each room is equipped with a sink, twin beds, wardrobes, and desks. Attached to each room is a private bath with a toilet and shower. Amenities include: bed linen and towels, towels refreshed during your stay, wireless internet access in your room and throughout the building, cable television in the lounges, on-site laundry facilities, access to full kitchens, 24-hour/day staffing. Guests may want to bring an alarm clock, a fan, and hangers for their comfort and convenience.
Single Room with Private Bathroom: one twin bed, one person - $50/night
Double Room with Private Bathroom: two twin beds, two people - $80/night
Requests which can be accommodated:
Accessibility-related (i.e., wheelchair accessible rooms or bathrooms, rooms equipped with visual strobe alarms)
Request to be assigned near other participants


Ample parking is available across the street from the LaSells Stewart Center in the Reser Stadium parking lot on 26th and Western Boulevard or in the parking garage north of the CH2M HILL Alumni Center at 26th and Washington Way. Parking permits are required on the OSU campus Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitor permits are $7 for the day and must be displayed on the dash of your vehicle at all times. Parking permits may be purchased onsite the day of the event at parking pay stations in designated parking areas or purchased online and printed. Please visit the Parking Services webpage to learn more and to purchase parking permits:


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Technical presentations will be given on Monday and Wednesday beginning at 8 am on both days. Click HERE for a list of speakers and the title of their presentations.

An all-day tour of the Oregon hazelnut industry will be held on Tuesday. Topics on the tour will include micropropagation, propagation by layerage, orchard design and establishment, cultural practices, insect pests and eastern filbert blight.


Details not yet available.


The ever-popular Show and Tell will be at the Alumni Center on Sunday evening. We are looking for individuals who have tried new equipment or techniques, or have grown promising selections or cultivars. Could you tell us about some recent success, or share your experiences to help others avoid a failure? This is a very valuable, informal program that is only made possible by those with valuable experience and the willingness to share with the group. This will be held at the CH2M HILL Alumni Center after our barbeque on Sunday evening. If you would like to participate in Show and Tell, see Shawn Mehlenbacker when you get to the meeting. If you have questions or want a particular time slot, send email to him at


The 22nd Annual NNGA Research Auction will be held on Monday evening. Contributions by members are strongly encouraged. Your donations will add variety and generate enthusiasm for this important event. Handmade donations and products are always welcome. This is an excellent way to advertise your product. All proceeds go to support nut tree-related research.
Items can be dropped off at registration or shipped in advance.
Contact by e-mail: Shawn Mehlenbacher,
Contact by phone: Lee Ann Julson, 541-737-5480.
Shipping address:
Shawn A. Mehlenbacher
OSU Horticulture
4017 ALS Building
Corvallis, OR 97331


Please Note: Oregon's quarantine to prevent introduction of new isolates of the eastern filbert blight fungus prohibits bringing hazelnut plants, including cuttings, into the state. Dried nuts and kernels are OK.


Exhibits that relate to growing, processing, or selling nuts, scion wood, trees, tools, nutcrackers, displays, etc. are welcome.
Please contact Shawn Mehlenbacher by email at or Lee Ann Julson by phone at 541-737-5480 if you have something you would like to exhibit.
Shipping address:
Shawn A. Mehlenbacher
OSU Horticulture
4017 ALS Building
Corvallis, OR 97331


Details not yet available.


Corvallis is located 90 minutes south of Portland and 45 minutes north of Eugene.

By air: Portland International Airport (PDX) is the nearest international airport, approximately 90 miles from Corvallis. PDX is served by most major airlines. A variety of rental cars are available at PDX. Hut Shuttle provides service from PDX and will take you directly to the OSU campus or the Hilton Garden Inn. Reservations are required and can be made online at or by calling 888-257-0126. Adult rate one way is $48.00, Students and Seniors $44.00.
The Eugene Airport (EUG) is located 45 miles south of Corvallis and has convenient connections to Seattle, San Francisco, Denver and other locations. Rental cars are available. Omni Shuttle provides on-demand service from Eugene to OSU. Advanced booking is required. For more information visit or call (800) 741-5097.

By train: The nearest Amtrak station is in Albany, a 20-minute drive from Corvallis.


Typical August weather in the Willamette Valley is sunny and dry with cool mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons. A light sweater is appropriate for the early morning and evening.

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