MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. — Specialty crops (fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers) offer income potential for Missouri farmers. The challenge, however, is selecting the right crops to meet local and regional needs, growing those crops, and realizing income through market planning.
University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist Patrick Byers will address these challenges in two upcoming workshops. Emphasis will be on the production and marketing of fruits, vegetables, and other crops that offer the best potential for farmers in south Missouri.
Workshop Session 1, scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, March 25 is entitled, “Produce Production and Marketing.”
Session 2 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, April 29. The discussion will center on “Small Scale Specialty Crop Production.”
Classes are open to anyone interested in horticultural crop production. The enrollment fee is $10 per session. Pre-registration is requested and can be done by contacting the Wright County Extension office at 417-547-7545.
Sponsors for the workshops include the Wright County University of Missouri Extension, Missouri State University Darr College of Agriculture, and Wright County Industrial Development Authority.
The Wright County Extension office is located inside the Missouri State University Fruit Experiment Station at 9740 Red Spring Road, Mountain Grove, Mo. Funding and support for the local office comes from the Wright County Commission, MSU, and City of Mountain Grove. MSU provides Wright County Extension with office and classroom space as part of a joint sponsorship and programming agreement signed in 2015. Extension programs are open to all.
— Ted Probert, University of Missouri Extension
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