Feb 4, 2020
Raspberry, blackberry conference names presenters for March event

The North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference, March 3-6, 2020 in St. Louis in St. Louis is now just a month away! A nationally known and respected group of presenters will be sharing their research, expertise and experience. Here are just a few of them:  

  • John Clark, University of Arkansas
  • Bernadine Strik, Oregon State University
  • Gina Fernandez, NC State University
  • Courtney Weber, Cornell
  • Hannah Burrack, NC State University
  • Roland Fumasi, Rabobank Research
  • Dennis Todey, USDA Climate Hub
  • Chris Eckert, Eckert Farms, MO
  • Fred Koenigshof, K&K Farms, MI
  • Sean Brotherson, ND State University

General sessions will discuss climate change, current market situation for caneberries, and dealing with farm stress. They will report on  caneberry farming in Europe and the needs of the blackberry industry. There will also be a very special celebration of berry breeder Chad Finn, who passed away tragically in December..THREE tracks of breakout sessions cover multiple topics!  And everyone coming to this conference — from exhibitors to new producers — will have something to add to the conversation and networking. 

The cut-off date for our group block at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel is Feb. 7.  Call 413-821-3581 and mention “Raspberry & Blackberry Conference” or make your reservations online here.   

Register now— especially if you want to sign up for the tour or workshop, as these very likely will fill up. Find all conference information here, including online and print registration forms, the full program schedule, and hotel and travel information.  

 Poster submissions are due by Feb. 15; you do not need to attend. Submit your poster here.  

Trade show space is still available.  See Sponsor/Exhibitor information here.  

We hope to see you there! Please let me know if you have questions or registration problems.

Debby Wechsler, NARBA Executive Secretary

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