Saturday, January 26, 2013

Get Registered and Make Plans to Attend “Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference” in Joplin Feb. 4 -5

“The Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference,” a workshop designed for anyone interested in winter vegetable production in high tunnels and other structures, will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., from Monday Feb. 4 to Tuesday, Feb. 5, at Continental Banquet Center, 2728 North Rangeline, Joplin, Mo.

A registration fee of $30 will be charged to cover the cost of materials and expenses for the guest speakers. Contact Eileen at Webb City Farmers Market, P.O. Box 1, Webb City, MO 64870 or by telephone (417) 483-8139 for more information and to pre-register.

“A huge potential market exists for winter vegetable production in southwest Missouri. This conference brings together nationally recognized experts and Missouri farmers who have realized the value of the winter market” said Patrick Byers, regional horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

Topics at the conference include protective structures (high tunnels, low tunnels, row covers), choosing vegetables, succession plantings, vegetable storage, economics of winter production, and farmers experiences. Keynote speakers are Adam Montri, hoophouse specialist with Michigan State University, and Michael Kilpatrick, successful four season vegetable grower from New York.

Conference registration includes two days of presentations, a farm tour on the second day, two lunches and a breakfast with the trade show vendors, and educational materials including three winter production handbooks.

Sponsors of the Midwest Winter Vegetable Production Conference include University of Missouri Extension and the Greene County Commission, Webb City Farmers Market, Lincoln University, and Missouri State University. The project is funded in part by a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant.


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