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2024 UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Moore Community Center, 125 State Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605 (Venue Map Below)
Format: In-person with breakout rooms, lunch, etc., Virtual: Available

If you choose to attend virtually, the Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event.

We are excited to gather, again to cover many aspects of wild blueberry production this year. While we encourage in-person attendance, for the first time, we are able to offer virtual attendance via zoom. If you choose to attend virtually, the Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event. Below you will find 2024’s UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference agenda.

Three Pesticide Credits are available for full-day attendance.

For questions regarding pesticide credits, email: lily.calderwood@maine.edu.

Cost: Pay what you can, $10, $20, $50, $100.

Suggested donation of $20. All proceeds go directly towards the Extension Wild Blueberry Programming.

Register Online

2024 Conference Agenda

AM Value-Added

9:00-10:00 a.m. – WeCo Fresh Pack Line and Berry Storage
Ron Howard, Dr. Phil Fanning

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Freeze Drying with Green Geans
Frank Mannarino

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break

10:30-11:00 a.m. – Successes, Setbacks and the Future of Wild Blueberry Wine: A Progress Report
Michael Terrien

11:00-11:30 a.m. – WBANA-sponsored Health Research Update
Kitty Broihier, Colleen Craig

11:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. – Networking
Visit Exhibitors, Research Posters

12:00-1:00 p.m. – Lunch

AM Crop Management
Conference Room

9:00-9:30 a.m. – Using Drones to Detect Water Stress, Chlorophyll and Yield
Dr. YongJiang Zhang

9:30-10:00 a.m. – Food Safety Research and Regulations
Dr. Rob Machado, Lindsey Werner

10:00-10:30 a.m. – Applying Mulch
Peter Jordan, Dr. Lily Calderwood

10:30-10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45-11:30 a.m. – Federal Assistance for Organic Production
Chris Grigsby, Dr. Lily Calderwood

11:30-11:45 a.m. – Grants to Clean Power your Farm Operation
Malcolm Smith, Leigh Hallett

PM Integrated Pest Management

1:00-1:30 p.m. – Wild Blueberry Commission
Eric Venturini

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Endangered Species Act and Pesticides
Cameron Douglas

2:30-3:00 p.m. – Disease Management
Dr. Seanna Annis

3:00-3:30 p.m. – Insect Pest Management
Dr. Phil Fanning

3:30-4:00 p.m. – Introducing Drone Spraying
Patrice Sison

Wild blueberry commission of Maine logo showing low hills behind rocks and blueberry plants
Co-sponsor of this year’s conference: Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine

Would you like to be a sponsor of this event? Email: wbcm@maine.edu

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu 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.

Platinum Sponsorship

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank

Silver Sponsorship

Bronze Sponsorship

Vendor Exhibitor

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February 17
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Lily Calderwood
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Moore Community Center
125 State Street
Ellsworth, Maine 04605
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