See how the chestnut levy is being put to work! Scroll down to learn about Hort Innovation’s current investment of the industry levy, and results from these investments, in the R&D and marketing snapshots – or click on a project name below to go straight to a specific update. Also look for the ‘ACT NOW’ tag to easily identify project resources ready to use.

All projects are funded by Hort Innovation using the chestnut R&D or marketing levy and, in the case of R&D, contributions from the Australian Government.


Don’t forget to grab the Chestnut Fund Annual Report

Released at the start of November, Hort Innovation’s Chestnut Fund Annual Report sums up all levy investments and activities from 2016/17. You can download a copy here, or head to Hort Innovation’s Annual Report Portal to place an order for a free hard copy of the report.

What research do you want to see?

As always, Hort Innovation encourages all growers and industry participants to share their thoughts and ideas for the research they want to see – whether that’s within the industry-specific Chestnut Fund (where research is funded by grower levies and Australian Government contributions), or within Hort Innovation’s strategic partnership initiative, Hort Frontiers (where research is funded through partnerships with co-investors).

Watch this video to see how ideas are collected and grown into projects, then submit your suggestions for new projects here.

Get closer to your investments with free membership

Hort Innovation membership brings you closer to the investment activities and results in your levy fund, and to the organisation as a whole. As well as providing the opportunity for voting rights at the company’s Annual General Meeting, membership helps you connect with your industry’s Relationship Manager, sends Hortlink straight to your inbox for first-look access, provides exclusive Grower Intel alerts with industry-specific news and opportunities, and more.

Paying a levy doesn’t automatically make you a member, so read more here and sign up now!

Find resources on the Hort Innovation Chestnut Fund page…

Along with Hortlink, Hort Innovation’s webpage for chestnut levy payers is a great source of info. On it you’ll find:

  • Key documents including the Chestnut Strategic Investment Plan (SIP) for 2017-2021, released in August 2017, and the Chestnut Fund Annual Report
  • The latest meeting notes from the chestnut Strategic Investment Advisory Panel (SIAP), which last met in early 2017, and is due to next convene in May 2018
  • Current financial documents regarding your levy, including operating statements and expenditure summaries for R&D and marketing projects
  • Grower resources, events and articles of interest to the industry.
Any questions?

Hort Innovation Relationship Manager Corrine Jasper is always available to answer questions or provide info on the Chestnut Fund program. She can be reached on 0439 433 885 or at



Communication and adoption program for the Australian chestnut industry (CH16000)

 Status: Ongoing project

Key research provider: Chestnuts Australia Inc

What’s it all about? Strong communication and technical support is vital for stakeholders in the chestnut industry, particularly growers, to be able to make informed decisions when facing future challenges and opportunities. This project keeps the industry up-to-date with the latest news, R&D outputs and other key information through a variety of channels.

What’s the latest update? Activities of this project continue to include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Production of industry newsletter Nuts & Burrs, published three times a year in print and digital form
  • Quarterly industry updates via Australian Nutgrower magazine
  • The running of industry field days, farm walks, regional grower meetings, workshops and other meetings as required, with details provided via industry communication channels (the latest field day took place during September 2017)
  • Maintenance and updating of the Chestnuts Australia Inc website,, as well as social media, including Instagram (@chestnutsaustralia)
  • Delivery of ‘email blasts’ – mini e-newsletters sent in between the months that Nuts & Burrs is distributed
  • Collection, collation and dissemination of annual industry statistics, detailing national planting and production information for the industry – at the time of writing, industry data was continuing to be collected and was to be added to a new ‘statistics’ page in the levy payers’ area of the industry website
  • Production of technical fact sheets.
  • Sign up to email communications, if you don’t already receive them. Chestnut levy payers can register their details with Chestnuts Australia at
  • From the levy payer’s area, you can also download the technical fact sheets so far produced by the project which, as reported in the last edition of Hortlink, include sheets on…
    • Exotic chestnut mould
    • Cool chain
    • Quality parameters
    • Orchard sanitisation
    • Climate

A new lot of fact sheets is set to be uploaded to the site in January 2018.

Chestnut industry minor use program (CH16001)

Status: Ongoing project

Key research provider: Hort Innovation

What’s it all about? Through this project, levy funds and Australian Government contributions are used to renew and apply for new minor use permits for the chestnut industry. These submissions are prepared and submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).

What’s the latest update? All current minor use permits for the industry are searchable at Permit updates are also circulated in Hort Innovation’s Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which levy-paying members receive monthly. Not a member? Sign up to our membership program for free here.



Hort Innovation invests the chestnut marketing levy into a range of activities to drive awareness and consumption, under the Hort Innovation Chestnut Fund. With activity wrapping up at the end of the 2017 chestnut season (and described in earlier editions of Hortlink and the Chestnut Fund Annual Report), look for information on the new-season campaign in the next Hortlink.

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