The 16th Annual Meeting of the NC Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association (NCCBRGA)

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When: Friday, February 17, 2023 (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.)

Where: The Chapel at Duplin’s Vineyards, West Charity Road, Rose Hill, NC 28458

Register online Here 

You are invited to attend the Sixteenth Annual NCCBRGA meeting. It is a one day educational event filled with the latest information on caneberry production. The meeting agenda (see below) reflects growers needs covering topics such as caneberry breeding, pest management, and food safety. There is a $25 lunch ticket per person required for the meeting. Pesticide credits will be available for attendees in the following categories: D, N, O, and X.

2023 NCCBRGA Annual Membership Dues are $50 and will be collected when you register online or on the day of the event at the registration desk. These monies are vital to the continued success of the association and its members. Your membership dues allow us to have an annual production meeting in addition to field days. The monies also support various research and academic projects.
Sponsors and vendors from agricultural companies that support the blackberry and raspberry industry will also be present at the meeting with vendor displays showing their latest services, equipment, and products.

Meeting Agenda

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Registration, Coffee, and Exhibitors

Welcome and Opening Remarks-Dalton Rhodes, President, NCCBRGA

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Update on USDA Cultivar Trial in NC-Dr. Gina Fernandez, Distinguished Professor Horticulture, NC State

9:00 -9:30 a.m. Viability of Pine Bark Substrate for Long-Cane Production of Raspberries-Lisa Rayburn, Commercial Vegetables and Small Fruit Agent, NC State

9:30 -9:50 a.m. Food Safety Updates for 2023-Elena Rogers, Food Safety Specialist, NCSU

9:50 – 10:20 a.m. Emerging Disease: Fusarium Wilt in NC Caneberries-Dr. Sara Villani, Assistant Professor, NC State & Bill Cline, Extension Specialist, NC State

10:20 -10:40 a.m. BREAK & Visit with Vendors

10:40 – 11:10 a.m. Optimizing Fertilizer Efficiency-James Boazman, Agrintelligence Specialist, Helena Chemical

11:10 -11:40 a.m. Releasing Ganaspis brasiliensis for SWD Control in NC- Dr. Hannah Levenson, Postdoctoral Research Scholar, NC State

11:40 –12:00 p.m. NCCBRGA Logo Update & Marketing Efforts-Tony Haywood, Marketing Division, NCDA&CS

12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. LUNCH & NCCBRGA Business Meeting (Southern Style Buffet)

1:00 p.m. Drive 25 mins to Cottle Farms to Tour the Quick Freeze Fruit Facility (Berry Cold) Cottle Farms

1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Cottle Farms Tour

Thank You to the following Event Hosts:

Duplin Winery LogoCottle Farms