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Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal Eight Annual NC Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association Meeting Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Cleveland County Extension Office Auditorium Shelby, NC 28152
— 2 weeks away

You are invited to attend the Eight annual NCCBRGA meeting. As always we have an interesting and educational program scheduled. The meeting will be held in the Cleveland County Extension Auditorium at 130 S. Post Rd. Shelby, NC 28152. In order to plan for the meal you will need to RSVP by March 6th by calling 704-482-4365. If you have any questions, need directions or if you would like to sponsor the meeting, feel free to call. There will be a $12 registration fee for the meeting. We will also be collecting, 2015 NCCBRGA annual membership dues. Make sure to thank and visit our numerous sponsors, which will be set in the back of the auditorium!
Below is a copy of the agenda.

8:45-9:00 Registration
9:00-9:05 Opening Remarks and Welcome. Daniel Shires, NC Cooperative Extension
9:05-10:00 Ins and Outs of H2A Worker Program, Dan Bremer AgWorksInc
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:15 “Making the Grade” Blackberry Fruit Quality and Grading, NCDA&CS
11:15-12:00 Legislative Update for your Farm, Debbie Hamrick NC Farm Bureau
12:00-1:00 Lunch and Vendor Visits
1:00-1:20 Impacts of Herbicide Strip Width, Wayne Mitchem NCSU
1:20-1:50 Blackberry Pesticide Updates, Andy Rollins Clemson Extension
1:50-2:15 Blackberry Bloom to Ripe Study, Daniel Shires NCCE
2:15-3:00 New Blackberry Varieties for Replant Considerations, Gina Fernandez, NCSU
3:00 Adjourn

Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal Foothills Small Farm Series Growing Blackberries for Market Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Caldwell County Public Library, 120 Hospital Avenue Northwest, Lenoir, NC 28645, United States
— 2 weeks away

Growing Blackberries for Market
Blackberries are a low-input crop that fits well into the production schedule of most diversified farms. There is high customer demand locally and potential for restaurant sales and value-added products. There has been much improvement in blackberry varieties in recent years, and this information will be presented. This workshop will explore recommended blackberry varieties, site selection and preparation, trellis systems, nutrient and pest management, and pruning.
Program
10:00-11:30 Growing Blackberries,
Gina Fernandez, Extension Specialist,
NC State University
11:30-1:00 Pruning demonstration

Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Pre-Confernece Tour Thu Jun 18- Sun Jun 21, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Charlotte NC
— 4 months away

The International Rubus and Ribes Symposium occurs once every 4 years. This is a meeting of scientists and industry people that work with Rubus and Ribes crops. There will be a preconference tour in the Charlotte, NC area and the official symposium will be in Asheville, NC. The last time it was in the US was 1980, 35 years ago. For more information check out the website: http://www.rubusribes2015.com/

Blackberry and Raspberry Information Portal XI International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Sun Jun 21- Thu Jun 25, 2015 (All Day Event) Where:
NC Cooperative Extension Asheville NC
— 4 months away

The 11th International Rubus and Ribes Symposium, open to those involved in all aspects of production, research, education, and extension on caneberries, currants, and gooseberries, meeting June 21-25, 2015 in Asheville, NC.