Giving Blueberries a Boost to Continue Consumption Growth

Jim Rogers Fruit, Specialty Crops

By Frank Giles The Florida Blueberry Growers Association hosted its annual short course in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida, in October. The meeting featured educational sessions ranging from optimizing pollination and marketing to chilli thrips control and new varieties. Growers were in good spirits at the meeting, despite impacts from Hurricane Ian. While some growers further south in the state took a hard …

Fall Blueberry Conference Scheduled for Oct. 20

Jim Rogers Berries

Florida blueberry growers can mark their calendars for the Florida Blueberry Growers Association’s annual Fall Conference and Trade Show, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Mission Inn Resort and Club in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Registration details will be released soon, as will information regarding the meeting’s agenda, educational sessions, sponsorship opportunities and vendor information.

Florida Blueberry Leader: We Were Lucky

Jim Rogers Berries, Florida, Weather

By Clint Thompson Florida’s blueberry growers survived the worst freeze in recent memory. According to Brittany Lee, executive director of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, producers were “lucky” following the sub-freezing temperatures on the morning of Jan. 30. “I think in Florida the damage was minimal, luckily. We had a lot of ice. But at least from my operation and …

Gaining Blueberry Market Knowledge

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

At the recent Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) show, Fresh From Florida announced it has been working with blueberry growers to collect rudimentary data on their operations. The data will be used by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to leverage the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a blueberry crop forecasting system in …