Berry Industry calendar
Updated February 20, 2018
February 21-24, 2018 — North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference Opening reception Feb. 21, tour on Feb. 22, and educational sessions and tradeshow on Feb 23-24. Conference at Ventura Beach Marriott in Ventura, California. You can make online hotel reservations under the group rate. Ventura, CA For more information, email NARBA, call 919-542-4037, or go here
February 23 — Good bugs vs bad: using biological controls in SWD management A free webinar 12-1pm EST (9-10am PST)given by a national team presenting the latest information on biological control of Spotted Wing Drosophila. This webinar will include an overview of the project, an update on the native biocontrol agents that have been found in surveys at farms from Oregon to Maine, and the latest information on their search for parasitic wasps from Asia. This webinar is free and open to all. For more information go here. Register with your name and email address at http://bit.ly/2EhwqPf
February 27 — Management of spotted wing drosophila using organically approved strategies: An update A free webinar 12-1pm EST (9-10am PST).In 2015, a multi-regional project was funded by USDA-NIFA through Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) to develop, evaluate and implement systems-based organic management programs for SWD. This webinar will provide a comprehensive update on organic management of spotted wing drosophila. It will cover findings of the research conducted during the first and second year of this project on organically approved strategies including behavioral, cultural, and chemical strategies to manage SWD. This webinar is free and open to all. For more information go here. Register for webinar here
February 27— Blueberry Mechanical Harvesting and Technology Symposium Salt Lake City, UT. This is a new event to the blueberry industry. We are gathering to talk specifically about mechanical harvesting and sorting of fresh blueberries today and tomorrow. We will spend part of the day discussing a number of high tech solutions that some other industries are looking at to solve some of their labor issues, as well as how some industries are funding technology. While there is no charge for the symposium, you will need to register to attend and there will be a buffet lunch for a fee. This event is held in conjunction with the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and North American Blueberry Council Spring Meeting. Contact Mary Nezbeth with questions.
February 28 - March 2 —U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council and North American Blueberry Council Spring Meeting DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City Downtown, Salt Lake City, UT. Go here to make your hotel reservations online, or call the hotel at 801-359-7800. Use the group name: North American Blueberry Council. Go here for a tentative agenda. Contact Mary Nezbeth with questions.
March 14 — Northwest Berry Foundation's 13th Annual Caneberry Production Workshop Wellspring Conference Center, Woodburn, OR. Contact Contact Jo Peterson with questions or go here for more information and to register.
March 19 — Oregon Blueberry Commission Meeting (Budget preparation) Noon. Chemeketa Events at Winema, Building 48, Room 210. Contact Lisa Ostlund for more details or call 503.364.2944.
March 20 -22 — WSU Postharvest Fruit School 2018 Workshop locations in Wenatchee, Prosser, and Lynden. The first day will focus on the principles of postharvest science, engineering, and management. The second day will address crop-specific problems with sessions for apples or berries (morning), and cherries or pears (afternoon). The berry session will be live-streamed to Lynden, WA. The third day will be warehouse tours at Wenatchee and Prosser/Yakima area. (Tour ticket sold separately from workshop.). Go here for full event program details. Go here to register for the berry session only, or any of the other events.
April 18 — Washington Red Raspberry Commission Board meeting 1796 Front Street Lynden, Washington 98264. Contact Henry Bierlink for details.
April 23, 2018 — Oregon Blueberry Commission Meeting (Budget hearing) Noon. Chemeketa Events at Winema, Building 48, Room 210. Contact Lisa Ostlund for more details or call 503.364.2944.
September 5 — Washington Red Raspberry Commission Board meeting 1796 Front Street Lynden, Washington 98264. Contact Henry Bierlink for details.
October 24 — Washington Red Raspberry Commission Board meeting 1796 Front Street Lynden, Washington 98264. Contact Henry Bierlink for details.
December 5-7 — Washington Red Raspberry Commission Annual Board meeting and the Small Fruit Conference & Lynden Ag Show Contact Henry Bierlink for details.