UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference

Wild Blueberry PlantsDate: February 22, 2020
(Snow Date: February 29, 2020)
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM (Lunch Provided)
Location: Hollywood Casino, 500 Main St., Bangor, ME

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Registration Deadline: February 16, 2020.
Register early, space is limited to 200.

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Table Set-up begins at 8:00 AM.

Morning Session (2 PA Credits)

8:30-9:30: UMaine Research Update, Dr. Lily Calderwood, Assistant Professor and Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist, Anthony Ayers and Becky Gumbrewicz, Graduate Students
9:30-10:15: Insect Pest Management, Dr. Phillip Fanning, Assistant Professor of Entomology, University of Maine
10:15-11:00: Mummy Berry, Dr. Seanna Annis, Associate Professor of Mycology, University of Maine
11:00-11:15: Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine Updates
11:15-12:00: Grower Panel: Marketing Tips
12:00-1:00: LUNCH

Afternoon Session A: Value-added

1:00-1:30: Fresh-pack Handling, Dr. Lily Calderwood and Brogan Tooley, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
1:30-2:00: Cooking with Wild Blueberries; Chef Demo, Rob Dumas, University of Maine Pilot Plant Manager
2:10-2:40: Wine Production, Michael Terrien and Ed Lutjens, Bluet Winery
2:40-3:10: Sod Production, Shannon Lions, Sunkhaze Wild Blueberry Farm
3:10-4:00: Speaker Panel/Discussion

Afternoon Session B: Production (1 PA Credit)

1:00-1:30: Tips for Aging Farmers and Their Families, Dick Brzozowski, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
1:30-2:00: Warming Impacts on Wild Blueberry Plants, Dr. YongJiang Zhang, Assistant Professor of Plant Physiology
2:10-2:40 Foliar Nutrient Sprays, Brogan Tooley, Extension Wild Blueberry Research Assistant
2:40-3:40: Bee Better Certified, Eric Venturini, NRCS and Xerces Society
3:40-4:00: Speaker Panel/Discussion


If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at or 207.581.3175 to discuss your needs. Receiving requests for accommodations at least 10 days before the program provides a reasonable amount of time to meet the request, however all requests will be considered.