The Great Plains Growers Conference will be held on Jan. 7-9, 2016 at the Fulkerson Conference Center on the Missouri Western State University Campus in St. Joseph, MI.
“Interesting and useful information will be presented on production and marketing of vegetables, cut flowers and fruit,” said Tom Fowler County Extension Specialist. “It doesn’t matter if you are an experienced commercial vegetable grower or someone with just a dream about starting to grow and sell produce, there will be something for you,” he/she said.

The conference and trade show is a collaborative effort of growers associations and extension services from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska, and each year draws hundreds of producers from our region and beyond.
On Thursday Jan. 7, the conference kicks off with six day-long workshops that you can choose from.
Concurrent sessions on Friday and Saturday Jan. 8 and 9 provide a total of over 50 presentations on a wealth of subjects related to organic and conventional crop production. In addition to presentations on vegetable production and marketing, there will be tracks on small fruit, tree fruit, cut flowers, beginner and advanced organic, marketing, just to name a few. Friday also features Anthony Flaccavento as the keynote speaker.
“The trade show is 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-$75 per person, depending on the workshop selected and $45/day for Friday and Saturday sessions.
The conference is going to be held at the Fulkerson Conference Center on the Missouri Western State University campus in St. Joseph, MO. The headquarter hotels are the Ramada Inn, 4016 Frederick, 816-233-6192 or Stoney Creek Inn, 1201 Woodbine 816-901-9600.
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, contact Buchanan County Extension at or phone 816-279-1691.