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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Blueberries for Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    Some history blueberry industry in Maine
    Why does Maine grow great low-bush blueberries? How did the industry start?
    Changes in how berries are grown… how fields are managed over time?
    Harvesting methods over time… including introduction of migrant workers
    Getting berries to market – canning, frozen, fresh pack, etc.
    How did the industry develop… big growers-small growers
    What is Cooperative Extension’s historical role (research and extension)
    Current profile
    Recent trends in how berries are managed, harvests, markets, technology?
    What has happened in the last few years to supply, price, markets, industry
    structure?
    Current problems and opportunities?
    What are some of the current UM/industry research projects, and what
    questions/problems/opportunities are they addressing?
    (role of integrated pest management, water quality, irrigation, etc)
    What is the niche for organic berries?
    Profiles of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Blue Hill Berry Company and Highland
    Organics and their connection to growing organic berries, markets, etc.

    Guests:
    David Yarborough, Blueberry Specialist, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Melissa Lee, Regional steward, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Lubec
    Theresa Gafney, Highland Organics, Stockton Springs

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