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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

April 27, 2018

Greene County Extension Council Meets at Noon April 30;
Guest Speaker Shares Research on Elderberry Flowers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Elected and appointed members of the Greene County Extension Council will meet to conduct monthly business at noon on Monday, April 30 at the Springfield Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield.

Each month council meets to oversee the financial operation of the local office, to discuss upcoming programs, and to hear reports from local extension staff. This month council members will discuss an update on the Salute to Century Farm program as well as a new sponsorship program designed to provide resources for the expansion of local extension programming.

Guest speaker for the month will be Kelly McGowan, horticulture educator with University of Missouri Extension, who will present a program based on her master's thesis.

McGowan graduated with her master's degree in December from the University of Missouri. She received a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Agroforestry.

Her master's thesis focused on elderberry flower production and was entitled "Flower Production and Effect of Flower Harvest in Six American Elderberry (Sambucus Canadensis) Genotypes."

Due to the health benefits of native American elderberry, demand for products containing elderberry continue to grow. Elder flowers are thought to have similar health benefits as the berries and demand is expected to increase.

The University of Missouri has been a pioneer in elderberry research for over 20 years including research of health benefits, evaluation of native germplasm resulting in 2 cultivar releases (Bob Gordon and Wyldewood), and commercial feasibility studies.

The elderflower production study was recently funded by a USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant to continue the project for an additional two-three year period. This study will take place at the MU Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon, Missouri with a replicated site at the MU HARC (Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center) in New Franklin, Mo. Funding will also be used to evaluate healthful compounds in the flowers.

The project abstract also received approval for a presentation at the International Horticulture Congress conference in Istanbul, Turkey in August 2018.


Since 1914, Greene County residents have sought help from Greene County Extension on topics related to agriculture, gardening, 4-H youth, nutrition, cooking, families, housing and business and community development.

The Greene County Extension office is located inside the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center at 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield. Funding for the local office comes from the Greene County Commission and donors to The Friends of Greene County Extension. Springfield-Greene County Parks provides extension with office and classroom space in the Botanical Center as part of an agreement that led to the funding and construction of the Botanical Center.

The Greene County Extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything. More information on this topic is available online at

Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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