EAU CLAIRE — The hazelnut is loaded with potential. Jason Fischbach, Extension agriculture agent for Ashland and Bayfield counties, is among those tasked with unlocking that potential in the Upper Midwest; no small task, considering it includes building an industry nearly from scratch.

On March 8-9, Fischbach hosted the 10th annual Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference in Eau Claire, providing about 100 attendees with information on how to grow, harvest and sell hazelnuts and offering updates on hazelnut research and development projects taking place in the Upper Midwest and beyond.

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