MSU-Extension Service, USDA-ARS, and the Gulf South Blueberry Growers’ Association will be hosting a workshop in Hattiesburg at the Forrest County Extension Office on February 13 from 1-5pm. Although primarily focused on blueberries, some of the topics will be of interest to other fruit growers (i.e. SWD update, FSMA, mechanical harvesting, etc.). I have attached the workshop agenda and registration form.
Please direct any questions to Dr. Eric Stafne at 601-403-8939 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agenda for the 2014 Blueberry Workshop
1:00-1:30 PM Dr. John Adamczyk…Update on the Blueberry Research Program at the Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory…Dr. Adamczyk is the Research Leader at the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS.
1:30-2:00 PM Dr. Eric Stafne… Potential Micronutrient Deficiencies in Blueberry… Dr. Stafne is an Associate Extension Professor – Fruit Crops associated with the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Poplarville, MS.
2:00-2:30 PM Dr. Blair Sampson… Update on Identification, trapping, and monitoring of the Spotted Wing Drosophila in Mississippi… Dr. Sampson is a Research Entomologist at the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS.
2:30-2:45 PM Break
2:45-3:15 PM Dr. Juan Silva, Dr. Frank Matta*, and Amanda Pegg… Post-Harvest Handling and Characteristics of Blueberries…Presenter: Dr. Matta is a Professor in Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.
3:15-3:45 Dr. Barakat Mahmoud… The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA); The Proposed Rule on Standards for Produce Safety… Dr. Mahmoud is an Assistant Professor and Food Safety Extension Specialist associated with the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Pascagoula, MS
3:45-4:45 PM Dr. Fumiomi (Fumi) Takeda… Horticultural and engineering research to improve machine harvest efficiency and to better understand fruit bruising during harvesting… Dr. Takeda is a Research Horticulturist at the USDA-ARS Appalachian Fruit Research Laboratory in Kearneysville, WV.
4:45-5:00 PM Question, Answer, and Discussion Section