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10th Annual Berry Production & Marketing Conference

  • Gateway Dining & Event Center Virginia State University Petersburg, Virginia (map)

MARCH 8, 2018
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Gateway Dining & Event Center • Virginia State University
Petersburg, VA

$20 per person, includes lunch
Registration fee is payable on the day of the event by cash or check only to "Virginia State University.”


Commercial Blackberry and Blueberry Production, presented by Ardair Peterson, Chambers Brothers Blueberry Farm, Homerville, Georgia


Welcome, Dr. M. Ray McKinnie, Dean of VSU College of Agriculture

Blueberry Production A to Z, Dr. Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University

Berry Health, Mr. Jerry Fields, Jerrys Gourmet Berries

Post–Harvest of Berries, Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, North Carolina State University

Pruning Primocane and Floricane Blackberries, Dr. Fumi Takeda, USDA-ARS, West Virginia

Lulus Local Food, Mollie Harris, LuLus Local Food, Richmond, VA

Spotted Wing Drosophila Management, Dr. Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University

Weed Management for Berry Crops, Dr. Jeffery Derr, Virginia Tech

Lunch & Presentation
Challenges and Opportunities for Growing Blackberries and Blueberries, Adair Peterson, Chambers Brothers Blueberry, Homerville, GA

Grower Round Table Discussion, Pierson Geyer, moderator

Field and High Tunnel Potted Raspberry Production, New Varieties, Nate Norse, Reza Rafie and Pierson Geyer

Blackberry Variety Trial, Dr. Jayesh Santani, , Virginia Tech

Steps in Starting a One-Acre Blackberry Field, Dr. Reza Rafie and Nr. Joey Cole

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Mollie Klein at (804) 524-5960 /TDD (800) 828-1120 during business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss accommodations five days prior to the event.