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107th Annual Meeting of the NNGA

Lied Lodge and Conference Center - Nebraska City, Nebraska

July 31 - August 3, 2016

Lied Lodge and Conference Center
Lied Lodge and Conference Center
Located on the 260-acre Arbor Day Farm

Things to Do and See | REGISTRATION | Special Events | Field Trip | CAP Activities

Meals | Lodging | Parking | Emergencies | Technical Program | Cookies | Auction

Exhibits | Group Photo | Travel/directions | Weather

The 107th Annual Meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association will be held at Lied Lodge, National Arbor Day Foundation, 2700 Sylvan Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, from Sunday, July 31 through Wednesday, August 3, 2016. This conference is open to all people with an interest in nut trees. All events will take place at Lied Lodge. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at Lied Lodge, (800) 546 - 5433. Registration and payments will be through the NNGA Annual Meeting Registrar, Kathy Dice.

The NNGA Board of Directors will meet on Sunday morning, July 31. Distribution of the registration packages will begin Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PM. Adam Howard and Bryan Wakulinski, our hosts from the National Arbor Day Foundation, will lead a tour of the house of J. Sterling Morton, who established Arbor Day in 1885, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM. From there we will have a welcome reception and picnic at the Morton Historic Barn from 5:00 till 6:30 PM. The ever-popular Show-and-Tell session will be on Sunday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

The technical presentations will be given on Monday and Tuesday, August 1 and August 2, beginning at 8:00AM. Get ready to bid and have fun at the NNGA Research Fund Auction, which will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday evening. The annual banquet, elections, and conclusion of the business meeting are scheduled for Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 PM. On Wednesday we will board buses for an all day tour of nut tree orchards and processing facilities in southeastern Nebraska.

Read on for details on all aspects of the meeting or click a link above for information about a particular aspect of the Annual Meeting.


Since we will be on a 260-acre farm, families can enjoy trail hikes, nature exploration, visit a tree house and more. The kids and grandkids would love it! Those who are less active can explore the farm by taking a Discovery Ride through the orchards and forests surrounding Lied Lodge. You might even want to come early or stay beyond the meeting.

to learn about available activities on the farm.


Online registration is closed. If you want to attend the NNGA Meeting/Conference come to the Lied Lodge and register in person. You may print out a registration form and bring it to Lied Lodge with your check or money order. Click HERE for a printable form.


Sunday, July 31, 4:00 - 5:00 PM - Orientation to National Arbor Day Foundation and Lied Lodge at J. Sterling Morton's house.

Sunday, July 31, 5:00 - 6:30 PM - Welcome reception and picnic at the Morton Historic Barn.
Cost is $25.00 per person (Deadline for registration to be determined.)

Sunday, July 31, 7:00 - 10:00 PM. - Show &Tell on Sunday evening.
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.
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? Contact Jerry Henkin by email at or by phone at 914-423-7458 if you would like to demonstrate equipment or share your experiences.

Monday, August 1, evening - Annual NNGA Research Fund Auction
Contributions by members are strongly encouraged. All proceeds go to support nut tree-related research. Click HERE for details about donations.

Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 to 9:00 PM - Annual Banquet Tuesday evening
The banquet will have a cash bar, entertainment, and an introduction of those in attendance by state and country. Next year's "Big Nut" will be chosen. Afterwards there will be elections, and conclusion of the business meeting.
Cost $34.00 per person (Deadline for registration to be determined.)


Wednesday, August 3, 7:30 AM - Nut Grower Tour (Wed. Field Trip - all day or half day)

There will be a chartered bus with driver and tour guide. The cost is $39.00 per person, which includes snacks, drinks, and lunch. The Bus has a bathroom.
The cost for those following the buses in their own car is $27.00 per person for a full day or $15.00 per person for half a day which will include stops 1 and 2 plus lunch. Costs cover snacks, drinks and lunch as well as the rental of port-o-potties at our destinations. (registration required before July 18 so that we can plan properly)

We will visit the following places:
Stop 1 - Horning State Farm, Nebraska Forest service in Plattsmouth, NE
Stop 2 - Heartland Nuts' N More Co-op in Valparaiso, NE
Lunch at the American Legion
Stop 3 - Twin Springs Pecan LLC, Willnerd family (2 sites will be visited about a mile apart)
Stop 4 - Matzke South Orchard, 4 acres - Bennett, NE
Stop 5 - Glacial Till Winery - Palmyra, NE. Evening meal and buzz session on the day's activities.

Click HERE to see and/or print a detailed description of what you will see at each stop.

We will stop for dinner. The cost for dinner is $14 per person.


Monday, August 1, 10:45 AM - Wildwood Historic Home - Join us on a guided tour of this historic home. Our guide is in costume, and will have knowledge of the home, artifacts within the home and the history of the area during this time period.
Fee: $3.00 (Registration required by July 22)

Monday, August 1, 12:00 PM - Lunch at The Keeping Room. We will dine in this quaint restaurant in the historic downtown. The Keeping Room uses many ingredients that are locally sourced. This restaurant is connected to a lovely gift shop. We will have extra time for a bit of browsing of the unique downtown shops. Transportation is on your own, or we will have CAP tour committee members that can drive 3 to 4 per car. Please call Julie to arrange a ride. (402-269-7239)
Location: 717 Central Avenue
We will order off the menu with prices ranging from $9.50 to $15.00. Tax and beverages, extra.

Monday, August 1, 2:30 PM - REFLECTIONS OF GERMANY- This area of Nebraska is known for its German Heritage. Come listen to a fellow member of the NNGA, Sabine Becker-Pabst give a talk on her native homeland of Germany. We'll all be in for a tasty treat of "German red wine cake"

Tuesday, August 2, 9:30 AM -- Arbor Lodge Mansion: We will have a guided tour of the historic mansion originally owned by J. Sterling and Caroline Morton, founders of Arbor Day. This is a lovely home not to be missed! There's also a carriage barn, and arboretum to explore on this property.
Location: Arbor Lodge
Fee: $12.00

Tuesday, August 2, 11:30 AM - Lunch: Located a short walk from Arbor Lodge at the historic apple barn is the Pie Café. Along with dessert they serve sandwiches. Prices vary.

Tuesday, August 2, 1:00 PM - Art Project: Come get creative with local artisan and designer, Deb Hrabik. She's designed several lines of dinnerware, paper products, and wonderful home décor items. She will guide us as we create a painted plank that can be used as a trivet or wall art. Class fee includes supplies for one trivet. Participants can make more than one, for an additional fee of $6.00 each.
Fee: $6.00


The Timber Dining Room at Lied Lodges serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Click HERE to see the menu.
There are also other restaurants in Nebraska City.


Lied Lodge, where all the lectures and events will take place, is a modern, unique hotel and conference center with many amenities including an indoor swimming pool, spa, and restaurant. Arbor Day Farm has been declared a National Historic Landmark. On their 260 acres devoted to environmental stewardship, you will find fruit and nut tree orchards, nature trails, and exciting outdoor activities for children. (

When you call to make reservations (800) 546 - 5433, be sure to indicate that you are coming to the meeting of the Northern Nut Growers Association to receive the corporate rate for the room. Before taxes, the prices for a room are as follows: $103 for one person, $113 for two people, $123 for three people, and $133 for four people. Please let Jerry Henkin, Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee, know if you are willing to share a room with others to keep your expenses down. His phone number is (914) 423-7458, e-mail,

Here is a list of alternate lodging facilities in the Nebraska City area:
Best Western (402) 873-7000
Deluxe Inn (402) 873-6656
Motel 6 (712) 382-2100
Super 8 Motel (712) 382-2828
Syracuse Inn & Suites (402) 269-2700
Whispering Pines B&B (402) 873-5850


Parking at Lied Lodge is free.


The 24 Hour emergency number at Lied Lodge is (402) 873 - 8733.


Technical presentations will be given on Monday and Tuesday beginning at 8 am on both days. Click HERE for a list of speakers and the titles of their presentations. The Technical Program is stable at this point, but changes in time slots or speakers can occur.


Details not yet available.


2016 marks the 24th year of the Annual NNGA Research Auction. The Annual NNGA Research Fund Auction will be held on Monday evening. Contributions by members are strongly encouraged. All proceeds go to support nut tree-related research. 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. THE NEBRASKA DEPT. OF AGRICULTURE HAS IMPOSED A QUARANTINE TO PROTECT NEBRASKA'S TREES. NO TREES, PLANTS OR PLANT MATERIAL MAY BE BROUGHT INTO NEBRASKA. Please note that nursery gift certificates and dried nuts and kernels are acceptable to donate to the auction.

Items can be dropped off at registration desk on Sunday and Monday, or shipped in advance to Heartland Nuts 'N More 206 W. 2nd Street, Box 439 Valparaiso, Nebraska 68065-0439.


Exhibits that relate to growing, processing, or selling nuts, scion wood, trees, tools, nutcrackers, displays, etc. are welcome. NNGA members are entitled to a free exhibit space. Non-members needing a small amount of space can exhibit for $35.00; for agricultural companies wishing to exhibit at the meeting, the price is $100.00. Contact Jerry Henkin at if you need exhibit space or need to send your items before you arrive.


There will be a group photo during the meeting.


Nebraska City is in the southeast part of Nebraska.

Click HERE for driving directions to Lied Lodge where registration and all events will take place.

If you are flying in, the nearest airport is Eppley Field in Omaha. You can rent a car or you can take a shuttle from the Eppley Field to Lied Lodge. The cost for the shuttle is $30 per person. HERE for details about the shuttle service to Lied Lodge.


Typical weather in the Nebraska City area for late July and early August is sunny and dry with cool mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons. A light sweater is appropriate for the early morning and evening. Although the average afternoon temperature is in the 80's in early August, some days can be in the 90's with high humidity.

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