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Georgia Blueberry Growers to Vote on Continuation of Assessment

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Georgia’s blueberry producers can vote until March 30 on the continuation of the Georgia Commission Blueberry Marketing Order. This allows for the assessment of blueberries produced in Georgia. Growers who annually produce and market 2,000 pounds or more of blueberries are eligible to vote. The current assessment amount is set at $5 per ton. Growers can vote and return the …

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Preparing for Success: Blueberry Site Preparation Takes Time

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Top Posts

Preparations need to be done well in advance for producers interested in producing blueberry plants, said Elina Coneva, an Extension specialist in the Horticulture Department at Auburn University, during a webinar on the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page. “For those who are considering becoming blueberry growers, I would let you know that you need start preparation for your blueberry …

Pruning Practices: Blueberry Growers Reminded of Important Management Tactic

Clint Thompson Alabama, Berries, Top Posts

The time is now for some blueberry producers to prune their crop. Pruning is the process by which farmers selectively cut parts of their plant. This will sustain the overall health of the plant while enhancing its fruit quality. In a webinar on the Alabama Extension Commercial Horticulture Facebook page on Monday, Eric Schavey, Regional Extension agent in Northeast Alabama, …

Harvesting Issues: Blueberry Harvesters Remain Challenge for Industry

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Top Posts

Two issues facing University of Florida (UF)/IFAS scientists regarding the future of blueberry production are machine harvesters and blueberry flavor. Patricio Munoz, UF blueberry breeder, spoke about both issues during the recent American Seed Trade Association webinar last week. “The major issue that I see for us is the machines that we are using nowadays, they are not to the …

Victorious Verdict: Blueberry Coalition Applauds ITC Decision

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

While blueberry farmers and industry leaders were disappointed and disheartened with Thursday’s vote by the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Blueberry Coalition for Progress and Health responded with applause for the ITC. The group issued a statement following the ITC’s unanimous vote in which it deemed that imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries are not a serious injury to …

ITC Blueberry Vote Unanimous

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

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) determined on Thursday that fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury, or the threat of serious injury, to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported article. The Commission’s determination …

American Blueberry Growers Alliance Statement on ITC Decision

Clint Thompson Berries, Florida, Georgia, Top Posts

WASHINGTON, February 11, 2021 – The American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA) released the following statement regarding the outcome of Thursday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) verdict regarding the global safeguard investigation into imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries:  “The American Blueberry Growers Alliance (ABGA) is disappointed with the decision today by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to find that …

Very Disheartening: GFVGA Executive Director Reacts to ITC Blueberry Imports Verdict

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

It wasn’t the verdict Charles Hall envisioned. “Very surprised and very, very disappointed,” he said following Thursday’s International Trade Commission (ITC) vote on the Section 201 investigation into serious injury surrounding blueberry imports. The ITC deemed that imports of fresh, chilled or frozen blueberries are not a serious injury to the domestic industry. It goes against what members of the …