Keynote speaker: Adam Montri
The keynote speaker for the 2023 Great Plains Growers Conference is Adam Montri, who along with his wife Dru, owns Ten Hens Farms in Bath, Michigan. The farm was founded in 2008 and now contains three acres of outdoor production during the traditional Midwest growing season and 20,000 square feet of high tunnel space. Their produce is sold through one farmers market, a weekly Farm Box/CSA program, an area Food Hub, restaurants, and through an on-farm stand.
Adam holds a BA in English from Michigan State University (MSU) and an MS in Horticulture from Penn State (PSU), while Dru holds both a BS and PhD in Horticulture from MSU and an MS in Horticulture from PSU. They both worked on a number of different farms throughout the US before starting Ten Hens. Adam worked as the High Tunnel Outreach Specialist in MSU’s Department of Horticulture from 2007-2017. When not farming, he spends his time playing and coaching soccer, writing poetry, and teaching poetry workshops in K-12 schools.
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We understand there are still concerns due to COVID in our communities. Please take every possible step to keep yourself safe. The conference will abide by Missouri Western University's Covid mitigation policies.
Great Plains Growers Conference (GPGC) is a great local conference for commercial fruit and vegetable producers from Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and other midwest states providing research-based information, from both vegetable research specialists and local growers, to help your farms grow and thrive.
2023 Track Topics Include:
Full Conference Agenda
Presentation pdf's will be available on the conference website until March 31, 2023 for registered participants.
the trade show
The Trade show will provide opportunities for vendors to show and discuss with you current product offerings, including the latest seeds, supplies, equipment, and grower information.
The NCR-SARE Farmers Forum gives farmers, researchers, and educators the opportunity to share results from their on-farm grant research projects with other growers. The grant projects are supported by North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE), a USDA-funded program that supports and promotes sustainable farming and ranching by offering competitive grants and educational opportunities.
This conference is organized by Extension professionals from the following universities: