Northwest Missouri Horticulture

Northwest Missouri has a diverse landscape, well-suited to many types of horticulture.  From the Missouri River flood plain, to the Green Hills of Grundy and Mercer Counties, you will find almost any type of setting for your horticultural enterprise.  We have orchards, vineyards, commercial vegetable production, and nursery operations.

Marketing opportunities are good, since our region is within a few hours of Kansas City.

The North Missouri Produce Auction, located near Jamesport in Daviess County is pictured at the top of the page on Pumpkin Day in 2008. Photo by Tim Baker.

Northwest Missouri counties are served by two MU Extension Horticulture Specialists.

Tim Baker is based in Gallatin in the Daviess and Caldwell Counties MU Extension Center. Tim covers Caldwell, Carroll, Daviess, Grundy, Harrison, Lafayette, Livingston, Mercer, Ray and Saline counties.


Tom Fowler is based in St. Joseph in the Buchanan County MU Extension Center.  Tom covers Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, DeKalb, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties.


Great Plains Growers Conference

One of the premier conferences for fruit, vegetable and cut flower growers is found northwest Missouri.  Held in St. Joseph, the Great Plains Grower’s Conference is put together every January by Extension educators from four states: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska. This conference is open to everyone, from backyard gardeners to commercial produce growers. For further information, please vist our web page:


University of Missouri Extension offers diagnostic assistance and educational programming for Missouri commercial producers, homeowners, and Master Gardeners in all aspects of horticulture.