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Great Plains Fruit & Vegetable Growers Conference

8:00 am–3:30 am
Fulkerson Center
Missouri Western State University
4525 Downs Drive
St. Joseph MO 64507
Sarah Browning, (402) 441-6747,
“Grower tested and research-based information on optimizing your production of fruits, vegetables and mushrooms are the highlights of this conference, ” said Sarah Browning, Nebraska Extension. “As well as a full day of great information on honeybee management. It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced grower or someone with a dream about starting to grow and sell produce, there will be something for you,” she said.

On Thursday January 12th, the conference kicks off with six daylong workshops, including greenhouse & hydroponic production, soil health, tree fruit production, honeybees, Food Safety Modernization Act grower training and mushroom production.

Concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday January 13th and 14th provide a total of over 60 presentations on a wealth of subjects. In addition to presentations on conventional and organic vegetable production, there will be tracks on tree & small fruit production, beginning & advance organic production, season extension, farm mechanization, selling local foods, farm to school and a research update.

Friday also features keynote speaker Jean-Martin Fortier, author of “The Market Gardener: A Successful Growers Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming”, whose 10-acre micro-farm in Quebec, Canada grosses more than $100,00 per acre each year. His farming strategy emphasizes intelligent farm design, appropriate technologies and harnessing the power of soil biology to optimize production, making the farm more lucrative and viable each year.

“The trade show is also a big draw for conference participants” said Tom Fowler, Buchanan County Extension Specialist, “we had over 50 booth spaces last year that filled the Fulkerson Conference Center and expect the same or more this year,” he added.

Registration, which includes meals and breaks, for the Thursday workshops is $55 per person and $45/day per person for Friday and Saturday sessions. Student registration is $25.00/day with valid student identification.

The conference is going to be held at the Fulkerson Conference Center on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, MO. Headquarter hotels include:
• Stoney Creek Inn, 1201 Woodbine, (816) 901-9600
• Drury Inn and Suites, 4213 Frederick, (800) 325-0720
• Hampton Inn, 3928 Frederick, (888) 370-0981

A full program, registration information and updated details of the conference can be found at the conference website: for more information about the program and a registration form.

The conference and trade show is a collaborative effort by University of Missouri Extension, Lincoln University, Iowa State University Extension, K-State Research and Extension, and Nebraska Extension. Last year the conference drew over 500 producers and exhibitors from 22 states.

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