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Toadstool fungus grows bigger plant in MadisonvilleToadstool fungus grows bigger plant in Madisonvillehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=50282014-02-06T07:09:00Z2014-02-06T00:00:00Z

MADISONVILLE, MADISON COUNTY - Fungus is growing in a remote part of Madison County and it's big business. To keep pace with rising demand, Monterey Mushrooms is undergoing a massive expansion at 5816 Hwy. 75 South.

"We'll be adding roughly about 40 jobs into the community," Monterey Mushrooms General Manager David Nesselrode said. The $15 million, 100,000-sf expansion includes offices, a packing facility and a 50,000-sf production facility.

It will provide an additional 3.5 million pounds of mushrooms annually, bringing the total production up to 36 million pounds out of the Madisonville facility.

If you are a gardener, mushroom compost is spectacular for growing your spring garden. Drive your pickup in and they'll fill it up. (It will be stinky, but it's a cheap way to grow plants.)

Monterrey is still using the same facility it started with back in 1975. They've had some minor improvements since then, but nothing quite like this.

Texas Mushroom Festival will be held on Oct.18, 2014.

Read more at KBTX.com. Listen to Podcast 204 for more Texas news.

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