Monday, December 22, 2008

Learn Innovative Trends at Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference

Addressing current and trend setting topics, the 2009 Great Plains Vegetable Conference will be held Jan. 8-10, 2009 at the Fulkerson Conference Center at Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, Mo. The Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) Ag Business Development division is a sponsor of this event that will stress innovation and will feature over 50 presentations on subjects related to the production and marketing of vegetables, cut flowers and small fruit. The conference and trade show is a collaborative effort of growers associations and extension services from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota that each year draws hundreds of producers from all regions.

Attendees will have the option to attend a High Tunnels Workshop or a Community Supported Agriculture mini-school on Thurs., Jan. 8. The following days will include presentations on small fruit, farmers’ markets, cut flowers, greenhouse production, ethnic markets and more. Lane McConnell, marketing specialist, and Sarah Gehring, AgriMissouri member services coordinator, both employees of MDA, are speakers at the conference.

“The conference organizing committee strives to include current and trend setting topics,” said John Quinn, regional horticulture specialist with the University of Missouri Extension. ” We have added tracts focusing on farm business, energy conservation and greenhouses.”

For more information or to register for the event, contact Katie Cook at or (816) 279-1691 or visit to learn more.

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