Please contact NARBA to let us know of upcoming events of interest to the caneberry community or raspberry/blackberry events for the general public.

January 25, 2017: Webinar “Making the Most of Your Insecticide Toolbox to Manage SWD”. At 12:00-1:00 pm Eastern time. Covers research conducted during the first year of the national Sustainable SWD project, and will provide recommendations for growers to prepare for the 2017 growing season. Presenters are from North Carolina State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Georgia. Register online here for this webinar. You will receive a reminder before the session and a link afterward to the slides and a recording of the webinar. If questions, contact Hannah Burrack ( for additional information.

February 9, 2017: Arkansas Blackberry School, Clarksville, AR, 1:00-4:00 pm. Topics includes site selection, pruning, variety selection, and winter pests, with field activities on pruning and pest ID. Registration for all four seasonal classes is $40.  Registration closes February 3. More details and online registration here. For more information, contact Amanda McWhirt,

February 15, 2017: NC Commercial Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Association Meeting, at the Cooperative Extension office in Shelby, NC, 9:00 am. Includes lunch. Preregister at 704-482-4365 by February 10. Program includes food safety and labor updates, white drupelets and reversion disorders, panel on variety pros and con, and updates on controls for SWD and broad mites. 

February 21-24, 2017: NARBA-sponsored Tour of berry farms in Mexico. Starts/ends in Guadalajara and visits farms in the Michoacan and Jalisco areas. Optional add-on to see Tequila production on Feb. 25. Register now! Space is limited but there are still places available! For more information and registration, click here.

March 9, 2017: Ninth Annual Berry Production and Marketing Conference, at Gateway Dining Hall, Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA. 8:00-3:30, cost $20, includes lunch. Featured speaker is Dr Britt Burton-Freeman (who also spoke at NARBA’s recent conference), talking about berry health benefits; other topics include weed control, raspberry and blackberry production, berry marketing, and a grower roundtable. More information here.

March 27-20, 2017: Global Berry Congress, Rotterdam, Netherlands. For more info, click here.

March 28-30, 2017: Berry Health Benefits Symposium, at the Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, California. Held every two years, this is the only conference focusing solely on berries and human health. Includes scientific and industry session, and a tour of berry fields and research. For more information visit the Symposium website.

April 18, 2017: Arkansas Blackberry School,  Clarksville, AR, 1:00-4:00 pm. Topics include crop physiology, ferftility, spring pest management. Field activities include spring pruning and insect monitoring.  More details and online registration here. 

June 13, 2017: Arkansas Blackberry School,  Clarksville, AR, 1:00-4:00 pm. Presentations and field activities on include nutrient and physiological disorders, post harvest, and summer pest management. More details and online registration here. 

February 21-24, 2018: North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference, Ventura, California. A not-to-be-missed meeting, in a great location! Mark your calendar, and watch for more information.


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