Friday, January 2, 2009

New Year...New Opportunities

A Look at Missouri Farmers' Markets by Lane McConnell on 1/2/09

Happy New Year!

Only 3 ½ months until our first Missouri market opens for the 2009 season. As winter rolls on here in Missouri there are many opportunities for farmers to take advantage of to learn new innovative growing techniques.

January and February are usually the busy time for conference and meetings around the state and this year is no exception.

Schedule of Events:
January 8-10 Great Plains Vegetable Growers Conference - St Joseph
January 13-15 Mid America Fruit Growers Conference – Columbia
January 16-17 Missouri Agritourism Conference and the Missouri Farmers’ Market Association Annual Meeting - Lake Ozark
January 20 Missouri Farmers’ Market Workshop on Food Safety - Columbia
January 27 Missouri Farmers’ Market Workshop on Salesmanship - Blue Springs
February 1-7 NAFDMA- Savannah, GA
February 10 Missouri Farmers’ Market Workshop on Food Safety - St. Peters
February 16-18 Small Fruit and Vegetable Conference - Springfield
February 21 Missouri Organic Association Conference - Jefferson City
March 6 Missouri Farmers’ Market Workshop on Growing for Market – Springfield

The Missouri Department of Agriculture will be represented at all these upcoming events. Hope to see you there.

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