Mar 16, 2020
MSU Small Fruit events suspended due to coronavirus

According to an email from Carlos Garcia-Salazar, small fruit educator, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, the MSU Extension Small Fruit program suspends all face-to-face educational programs for blueberry, raspberry and strawberry until further notice.

“Given the current concerns about novel coronavirus, we are postponing all training activities and educational events programed for small fruit growers during March and April 2020 until further notice. This was a difficult decision for MSU Extension to make, however our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our program participants, staff, volunteers and speakers who make these events possible.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and other agencies are currently recommending the public practice social distancing. Postponing our programmed events is the most responsible course of action to mitigate any potential risks to our grower’s community, staff, volunteers, and program guests, and the friends and family with whom these individuals will come into contact.

Growers registered in the Small Fruit Risks Management program will receive a full refund for any out-of-pocket registration fees. This may take a few weeks and we appreciate your patience with this process.

 Thank you for your continued interest in Michigan State University Extension programming and for your support and understanding of our efforts to protect participant health. If you have any specific questions or concerns not addressed above, please do not hesitate to contact MSU Extension-Ottawa County at 616-994-4980 or Carlos Garcia at [email protected].”




Carlos Garcia-Salazar, Ph.D.

Small Fruit Educator

MSU Extension Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute

Fillmore Complex Ottawa County


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