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. For more information see this page.

Northwest Missouri counties are served by three University of Missouri Extension Horticulturists

Tim Baker is the Field Specialist in Horticulture based in Gallatin in the Daviess County MU Extension Center.  Tim covers Caldwell, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Livingston, Mercer, and Worth counties.

Tom Fowler is the Field Specialist in Horticulture based in St. Joseph in the Buchanan County MU Extension Center.  Tom covers Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Clinton, Holt, and Nodaway counties.

Kathi Mecham is the Field Specialist in Horticulture based in in Carrolton in the Carroll County MU Extension Center.  Kathi covers Carroll, Cass, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Johnson, Lafayette, Pettis, Ray and Saline counties.

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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.