Presidential Authority: Final Decision Regarding Blueberry Imports Rests with Biden Administration

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts, Trade

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance’s (ABGA) stance on imports has not changed over the years: serious injury has been inflicted on American farmers, especially those in Florida and Georgia. But where does President Biden stand on this issue? That’s the stance that will ultimately decide the Section 201 investigation regarding blueberry imports. Even if the International Trade Commission (ITC) decides …

Florida Medallion: Another Strawberry Option for Producers

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

The newest University of Florida-bred strawberry could become another option for growers looking to diversify their crop. Vance Whitaker, strawberry breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, said the Florida Medallion is performing well and expects a substantial increase acreage next year. “If it continues to perform well, we’ll see where it finds its niche …

American Blueberry Growers Alliance Confident Ahead of ITC Decision

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The American Blueberry Growers Alliance’s (ABGA) case has been made. The data supports its stance of serious injury regarding blueberry imports. It’s now up to the International Trade Committee (ITC) which will vote on Thursday to determine whether the domestic industry has been seriously injured. “We feel like we presented a good case. The numbers do not lie,” said Jerome …

Bacterial Wilt: Disease Challenging Blueberry Producers

Clint Thompson Berries, Disease, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

A blueberry disease that has impacted the Florida industry since 2016 was found in Georgia for the first time in 2020. While there is no cure for bacterial wilt, producers can apply preventative measures to slow down the disease’s progression. “In Florida, they seem to be having increasing problems with it year after year, probably because the bacteria spreads so …

Current Research and Applications for Blueberry Irrigation Scheduling

Clint Thompson Berries, Top Posts

By Ashley Robinson Recent work by researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) has targeted developing more robust smart irrigation scheduling methods for blueberries. Two main methods have been the development of a smart irrigation scheduling app and utilizing an unmanned aerial system (UAS). Wesley Porter, associate professor and Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist at UGA, discussed these new …

Opportunity Awaits? Blueberry Exports to China Could Be Game Changer

Clint Thompson Berries, Exports/Imports, Florida, Top Posts

While the pending International Trade Commission decision regarding the case of serious injury that imports have had against blueberry growers will be pivotal for producers in Florida and Georgia, another marketing opportunity may lie with producers capitalizing on exports to China. Greg Fonsah, University of Georgia Agribusiness Extension economist, said during Friday’s Ag Forecast meeting there is a real opportunity …

Cold Temperatures Slow Growth of Florida Blueberries

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida

Florida blueberries are normally in peak pollination season this time of the year. But that isn’t the case this season, however, says Ryan Atwood, who lives in Mount Dora, Florida and is one of the state’s blueberry leaders. “We’re starting to get some flower emergence. Normally by now we’re in peak pollination season. I don’t think we’re there yet in …

Blueberry Imports a Complement to Southeastern Producers?

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

The Blueberry Coalition of Progress and Health contends that imports of blueberries do not take away markets from southeastern growers but complements their production. It made its case to the International Trade Commission (ITC) on Jan. 12 during a virtual hearing and continues to believe there is a big enough “blueberry pie” for all parties to benefit from. “That’s why …