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The Rogers Reserve was donated by Ernie and Mabel Rogers to Michigan State University in 1990. The Rogers were a prominent couple in the Jackson community concerned with natural resources and food production. In 2002, at the bequest of the Rogers, an endowment was established to support the farm. Funds were spent improving the farm and constructing Phase I and II building projects. Phase I, consisting of a steel pole building to house equipment, including a chestnut peeling line, was completed in 2005. Phase II started in late 2009 and completed in 2010. Phase II consists of a wet lab, analytical lab, office and restrooms. The chestnut peeling line was purchased from Italy by the Midwest Nut Producers Council supported by funding fom the USDA Rural Development program. It is the only commercial chestnut peeling line in the western hemisphere.