Study: Blueberry growers boost economy by infusing billions of dollars, generating jobs

U.S. highbush blueberry growers generate more than $4.7 billion in annual economic impact, accounting for more than $12.7 million flowing into the U.S. economy every day, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Highbush... more »

Weather conditions favorable for SWD spray applications in Michigan

Managing spotted wing drosophila in blueberries and raspberries is critical during harvest. Lower daily temperatures are an opportunity for using a wider range of insecticide products recommended for control. Currently, pyrethroids are very effective. As... more »

Senate passes Resolution declaring July ‘National Blueberry Month’

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution designating July 2020 as National Blueberry Month, recognizing the contributions of the U.S. blueberry industry and acknowledging that purchasing blueberries supports farmers, jobs and the economy. The resolution... more »

Blueberry exports to Chile now open for California, Oregon, Washington

On July 31, USDA Trade Director for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine Division Barbara Spangler notified the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) that blueberries from California, Oregon and... more »

Registration now open for Blueberry Council Virtual Conference and Expo

Like many organizations, the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) are taking their meetings virtual this year. Registration is now open for the NABC/USHBC Virtual Conference and Expo, taking place... more »

Naturipe shares foodservice program, contact-free blueberries for kitchens

Salinas, California-based Naturipe Farms’ Value-Added Fresh division is focused on the future by providing a diversified and elevated foodservice program. According to a news release, the Natruripe Farms' Farm to Package process provides extended shelf... more »

Growers pursue expanding niche for blueberries

For many blueberry growers, the organic market represents a field of opportunity that offers product differentiation and price premiums. The benefits of organic production are offset by the difficulties of organic growing and the danger... more »

Report: USDA adds blueberries to list in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

According to a North American Blueberry Council statement, the USDA announced July 9 that blueberry growers are now eligible for Category 1 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program payments.  "Based on the USDA’s original assessment of the... more »

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