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Hmong Farmers Take Part in MU Extension’s Midwest Winter Vegetable Tour of Four Farms Near Joplin

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI EXTENSION OFFICE

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Midwest Winter Vegetable Production project concluded with a tour on Oct. 21 attended by several Hmong farmers from the Joplin area. The tour visited four farmers who are producing vegetables for fall and winter markets and was led by Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Greg Braker farms near Oronogo, Mo., uses two high tunnels to extend the growing season for tomato and to produce lettuces and cole crops for winter markets.

Tim Green’s farm is near Galena, Kansas, and includes three high tunnels, one of which is heated.

Teng Yang, whose farm is near Granby, produces a range of cold tolerant crops with a high tunnel, low tunnels, and row covers.

Dennis Hatfield specializes in tomato and strawberry on a farm near Pierce City. He uses a heated greenhouse for late season tomato production.

The Midwest Winter Vegetable project is funded in part with a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops block grant, and is a cooperative project of MU Extension, Lincoln University, and Webb City Farmers Market.

For more information, contact Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist, University of Missouri Extension or the Greene County Master Gardener Hotline at (417) 881-8909. Information can also be found on the Greene County Extension website at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene.

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