Many Thanks to Our Funders

Funding to support the work of the Upper Midwest Hazelnut Development Initiative and the many projects of the UMHDI partners comes from a variety of sources as listed here.  New crop development is a challenge as there typically is not an industry or trade group to support the crop, namely because there isn't yet a crop to support the industry.  Many thanks to our funders that share the vision to help early-adopter growers develop hazelnut into a profitable and sustainable crop for the Upper Midwest.

United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant LNC 15-367
"Commercialization of Hazelnuts for Growers in the Upper Midwest"
October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2018

Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI) Grant 2011-MIN-13-G25
"Developing Native and Native-European Hybrid Hazelnut Germplasm and Agronomics for the Upper Midwest"
Sept 1, 2011 through Aug 31, 2016

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Grant LNC10-328
"Developing Hazelnut Germplasm for the Upper Midwest"
Oct 1, 2010 through Sept 30, 2013

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WI DATCP)
Specialty Crop Block Grant 09FB-007
"Improving Bush-Type Hazelnuts for Commercial Production Through Cooperative Regional Breeding and Evaluation"
November 2009 through August 2012

Specialty Crop Block Grant 10-019
"Increasing Sales and Production of Wisconsin-Grown Hazelnuts Through Development of Mobile Post-Harvest Processing"
October 2010 through December 2011

University of Wisconsin Consortium for Extension and Research in Agriculture and Natural Resources (CERANR)
"On-Farm Hybrid Hazelnut Breeding: A Model for Development of Multi-Functional Crops for the Bioeconomy"
July 2008 - June 2009

Three Rivers Resource Conservation and Development District
Productive Conservation on Working Lands Grant NRCS 68-3A75-6-117
"
EQUIP Eligible Farmer Participatory Research in Propagation of Hybrid Hazelnut for Productive Conservation on Working Land"
2008-2009

University of Minnesota--Rapid Agricultural Response Fund
"Hazelnuts as a Multifunctional New Crop for Minnesota"
July 1, 2009 through Oct 1 2010

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Specialty Crop Block Grant CON000000021709
"Developing Native and Native-European Hybrid Hazelnut Germplasm and Agronomics for Minnesota"
Nov 25 2009 through Nov 30, 2011

University of Minnesota--Institute on Renewable Energy and the Environment
"Developing Native Hazelnut and Native-European Hybrid Hazelnut Germplasm and Agronomics for the Upper Midwest"
(matching funds for SCRI funding)
Sept 1, 2011 through Aug 31, 2016