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Release date: December 11, 2017
Air date: December 14, 2017
Title: Mushrooms at the Great Plains Growers Conference

Tim Baker, Northwest Region Horticulture Specialist, University of Missouri Extension
102 Main, Suite 1, Gallatin, MO 64640
660-663-3232  BakerT@missouri.edu

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Thank you and good morning, this is Tim Baker, University of Missouri Extension Horticulture Specialist with today's program.

As mentioned in my last program, we will be having a special track about mushrooms at the Great Plains Growers Conference in St. Joseph. The date will be Friday, January 12, 2018.  The conference will be held January 11-13 with other topics.

This will be the third year for our mushroom workshop.  We will be covering topics on growing and marketing mushrooms, as well as wild harvesting mushrooms for your own use.

Our first speaker will be Gregory Ormsby Mori, with the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry. He will be bringing two presentations.  The first will be covering the basics of growing mushrooms in a forest farming practice. His second talk will continue with thoughts on marketing and the economics of growing mushrooms for sale.

Everyone is familiar with the fact that some mushrooms should not be consumed because they are toxic or even deadly. But did you know that there is a lot of exciting research on the health benefits of other, beneficial mushrooms? Heather Hallen-Adams, from the University of Nebraska, will be with us to discuss this topic. She will also bring a second presentation on tips for finding wild mushrooms. She is on the speaker bureau of the North American Mycological Association.

We will also hear from Brittany Martinez, who is the chair of the Kansas City chapter of the Missouri Mycological Society (MOMS).  Joining a local mycological association, such as MOMS, is a great way to learn about the world of mushrooms. They also will go on forays from time to time to find those delicious morsels of culinary delight.

Finally, the conference always likes to include a grower who can give practical advice to potential and seasoned growers alike. Jason Braunecker and his wife have been growing and marketing mushrooms for several years, and have an interesting story to tell.

For more information about the conference and a registration form, call the Buchanan County Extension office at (816) 279-1691.  You may also register on-line and find additional information on our web site at: http://www.greatplainsgrowersconference.org/

If you desire further information on this or any other topic, contact your local University of Missouri Extension Center. University of Missouri Extension programs are open to all. Thank you for your time.