Chestnut Growers, Inc.

During this holiday season, we hear Nat King Cole crooning about those chestnuts again. Did you know that Michigan leads the nation in chestnut production?

Yet most of us have never eaten a chestnut. That is something Dennis Fulbright wants to change. He's a plant pathologist and professor with Michigan State University.

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Chestnut Growers, Inc.

It's the season for roasting chestnuts over an open fire - and an increasing number of Michigan farmers are growing them.

Roger Blackwell is head of Chestnut Growers, Inc. That's a co-operative of 29 chestnut tree growers in Michigan.

He says, at a thousand acres, Michigan has more land planted in chestnut trees than any other state.

Right now, the state is producing about 100,000 pounds of chestnuts a year.

Blackwell expects that to go up five-fold in a decade.