Maine blueberry growers ask USDA to buy 30 million surplus pounds

The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine has requested that the USDA purchase 30 million surplus pounds of frozen wild blueberries. The Maine congressional delegation wrote a letter to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Fruit and... more »

Creating a gentler, more profitable way to harvest blueberries

Although automation in agriculture is often synonymous with efficiency, that has not been the case with harvesting and processing berries.  That is about to change. Automated berry processing systems often damage the fruit, which results... more »

Michigan blueberry interests ponder commission, funding arm

Michigan is expected to remain among the nation’s top blueberry production states, with projections for a 72 million pound yield in 2015, according to the North American Blueberry Council. Some growers want to assure the... more »

Warm winter puts Georgia crops at risk

Georgia growers fear losses for the pecan harvest and early blooms for blueberries and peaches if temperatures don’t drop soon. Heavy rains in December drowned pecan orchards, and the warm winter weather is shortening the... more »

Study: Drought costs Washington state agriculture $335 million

A recent study by the Washington State Department of Agriculture estimates farm losses from the 2015 drought to be in the millions. While all the numbers aren’t in yet, the study estimates more than $335... more »

Consumer focus spurs Wish Farms’ success

Wish Farms, a Plant City, Florida-based grower-shipper of strawberries and blueberries, has expanded its Argentina blueberry program, seeing its recent harvest double in volume over last season. The Argentina blueberry season spanned from the beginning... more »

Companies honored by PMA for packaging contributions

Seventy-one submissions from 57 companies vied for five 2015 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Impact Awards: Excellence in Packaging. Winners of the 2015 Impact Award announced at the Friday general session of PMA Fresh Summit in... more »

NCSU wins grant to curb SWD

North Carolina State University (NCSU) has won a $6.7 million grant from USDA to undertake research and grower education efforts aimed at better managing a major new pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars... more »

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