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The Missouri Nut Growers Association promotes and supports the growing of nut trees, both as a hobby and commercially, throughout Missouri. Membership is open to those interested in nut tree culture and in sharing their experiences with other members. Our quarterly newsletter includes information about current nut orchard conditions, the performance of various cultivars, nut tree pests, and productions techniques. We meet several times each year and our annual grafting field day has helped many individuals learn how to transform a young wild tree into a cultivar that produces a higher quality nut. This web site will provide an introduction to nuts produced in Missouri as well as links to sites where you can find additional information.

Although our primary focus is on tree nuts, many of our members are also interested in a variety of other native fruit producers with potential commercial value and we’ve included information about some of these on this site.

Our Board of Directors includes nut growers, both small and large, and University researchers.  The current members include:

        Vern Spaunhorst, President
        Merlin Ring, President-elect
        Mike Lucas, Secretary/Treasurer
        Paul Manson, Grower
        Aaron Templemier, Grower
        Jerry Van Sambeek, Past-president and Researcher
        Sara Jean Peters, Webmaster and Editor

What We Do

    MNGA members convene annually in Missouri on the first Friday and Saturday in February.  Crackers process nuts submitted for the Annual Nut Show on Friday with results announced at the annual business meeting on Saturday.  Our meeting features lots of fellowship and information exchange.
    May brings our field day which features grafting demonstrations and exchange of scion wood from improved cultivars...trees which produce nuts withoutstanding quality and/or disease resistance.  These two events are standard fare but members schedule other meetings, such as a harvest-related meeting in the fall, when there is sufficient interest.

Membership Benefits

    While information about nut growing is available from many sources, our members are eager to share their first-hand experience with different cultivars, propagation and pest issues, and improving the financial return from their nut tree orchards.  The quarterly MNGA newsletter provides regular updates on current issues, recipes that use nuts, as well as a record of the Annual Nut Show. 

New Members Welcome!

    You'll find a membership application on the footer of the remaining pages of our website.  You need not be a member to join us at our meetings.


    MNGA does not purchase or sell nuts.  If you are looking for a walnut hulling location near you, visit the Hammons Products Company website at www.black-walnuts.com.
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