Raspberries & Blackberries

California Giant adds to staff, creates new roles

California Giant Berry Farms recently hired new key employees and assigned new roles for current staff members. Tom Smith, the director of foodservice, is taking on a new role as director of foodservice and organics,... more »

Arkansas intern researched blackberry plant viruses as Adair Scholar

Ioannis Tzanetakis, professor of plant virology at the University of Arkansas, received help from a student intern this summer with a project on the epidemiology of berry and ornamental viruses. Epidemiology is the study of... more »

Governments help Ontario berry growers with production, competitiveness

The Government of Canada and Government of Ontario are supporting investment that will help the province's berry growers to increase sustainability, implement new technologies and increase awareness of their products.On Sept. 5, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister... more »

Rotating cross-arm trellis lowers blackberry costs

Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed arotating cross-arm (RCA) trellis and cane-training system for floricane-fruiting blackberry—blackberry plants that produce harvestable fruit after the... more »

Wish Farms, Feeding America tout successful summer campaign

International grower and year-round marketer of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, Wish Farms, is sharing the results of their summer partnership campaign with Feeding America. “The ‘Superhero Summer’ campaign was a great success on many... more »

‘Cascade Premier’ raspberry bred for mechanical harvest by WSU

Bright, flavorful, and bred for easy automated harvest, Washington State University’s new red raspberry variety, “Cascade Premier,” is more than a decade in the making. First crossed in 2007 from two WSU experimental varieties, and... more »

Organic fungicide Howler headed to Mexico

AgBiome’s organic fungicide Howler will be developed for Mexican agriculture under an agreement recently inked with another company. AgBiome Innovations , which is the commercial arm of AgBiome, and Sumitomo Corporation recently announced a joint agreement... more »

Partners to study opportunities for berry improvements through gene editing

Pairwise, a growing agriculture and food company, has formed a public-private partnership to learn more about the diversity of berries and advance opportunities to offer healthier, more sustainable varieties. The partnership with the U.S. Department of... more »


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