INGA Annual Nut Evaluation

Ready to get nutty? The INGA Annual Nut Evaluation is scheduled for Friday, January 29th, 2016 at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC campus located at 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.
This year we are partnering with the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association and holding the nut evaluation during the IFVGA Annual Meeting and Tradeshow taking place Thursday and Friday, January 28th & 29th. You will NOT need to pay registration to the fruit and vegetable growers to attend, simply show up with nut samples and ready to process. Nut samples will be received throughout the show starting on Thursday the 28th with scoring beginning on Friday at 11:30. Anyone can send in samples, but must include the name, address, contact telephone number, and a clear identifier for the sample. Send to Jeff Jensen, 3503 40th Ave, Fenton IA 50539. Anyone wishing to volunteer at the INGA booth on Thursday or Friday please contact Jeff to get on the list, 515-320-6756. For more information on what the nut evaluation is all about visit and read the Nut Evaluation 101 article and view the video on YouTube.

What: IA Nut Growers Association Annual Nut Evaluation
Where: FFA Enrichment Center - DMACC, 1055 SW Prairie Trail Parkway, Ankeny, IA 50023.
When: Sample accepted Thursaday the 28th until judging starts Friday, January 29th @ 11:30
Why: See who has the biggest, tastiest, and highest quality nuts in the state.

2016 INGA Annual Meeting and Auction

April 2nd at Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge

The 2016 Iowa Nut Growers Association Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge located at 9981 Pacific St. Prairie City IA 50228. The doors will open at 9:00 and we will begin promptly at 9:30 with our business meeting. We will have a pot luck lunch as always so bring your favorite dish to share but remember to bring your own plates, silverware, and cups. Also, this facility does NOT have a refrigerator. We will be providing several coolers full of ice but please keep this in mind when deciding what to bring. There are plenty of outlets for crock-pots and the facility does have a kitchenette.

Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with coffee, cookies, etc. followed by the annual business meeting. Nut samples from the January Nut Evaluation will be available for viewing and discussion. We will be electing officers for the next two years so please consider joining the leadership team. The auction and noon lunch will follow.

Don’t forget about the annual auction. Bring items to donate like plants, books, hand-crafted items, nuts, food products, scion wood, and anything else you think might sell. We’ll have the auction after lunch. This facility does not charge rent but we do need to provide 30 minutes of in-kind labor in exchange for the use of the facility. The work is fun, tailored to all skill and age levels, and is scheduled into the day.