Cooperative Extension hosts North American blueberry conference

More than 74 participants from 13 states and three other countries — Norway, Canada and New Zealand — are expected at the University of Maine Aug. 12-15 for the North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference.

This is the second time that this national conference has been held in Maine; the first was in 1966.

University of Maine Cooperative Extension organized the four-day conference in Wells Conference Center. There will be research poster sessions and presentations on topics ranging from studies of fertilizers and disease control in lowbush and highbush blueberries to the impact of increased foreign and domestic blueberry production on U.S. blueberry industries, and the outlook for wild blueberries in a changing climate. Tours of blueberry barrens, processing facilities and beehives will take place on the last day of the conference.

A copy of the conference program, including presentation times, is online.