The Missouri Nut Growers Association (MNGA) will hold its 2013 Annual Meeting, Nut Show, and Nutty Cookie Contest February 1-2 at the Nevada Community Center in Nevada, Missouri. Nut growers from across the state will gather to compare notes on pecan and hickory, black walnut, and chestnut production and hear about methods of combating drought, the spread of Thousand Cankers Disease, a pecan DNA study, and inter-cropping in nut orchards.
Friday will be a work day to prepare for the Nut Show. Members will crack and evaluate samples of nut cultivars. This session is traditionally a time of fellowship and informal idea exchange and will begin about 9:00 a.m.
Saturday registration and fellowship will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the business meeting starting at 9:30. Results of the Cookie Contest will be announced during the business meeting and entries will be available for sampling at lunch. The catered meal will be available for $7. Afternoon sessions will include a presentation on micro-irrigation techniques as well as updates on activities at the University of Missouri’s Horticultural and Agroforestry Research facility and its Southwest Missouri Agricultural Research and Education Center. The director of Kansas State University’s Pecan Experiment Field will also provide insights into additional crops that can be grown and harvested in nut orchards.
Guests are welcome to attend the meeting, which will provide plenty of opportunities for conversations with knowledgeable growers and researchers.
The Community Center is located in downtown Nevada, three blocks north of US 54 at 200 North Ash. For additional information, visit the MNGA web site at http://www.missourinutgrowers.org/.