The 2014 Blueberry Educational Workshop was held on February 13 in Hattiesburg, MS at the Mississippi State University Forrest County Extension office. By our estimates, there were 66 attendees to hear updates on new research by experts in their fields. The program last year was in response to the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), but this year was more diverse. Our invited speaker, Dr. Fumiomi Takeda, is an expert in mechanized harvest and his presentation was on current research being done to improve harvesters, packing sheds, and cultivars in regard to mechanized harvest. I will post his presentation next week. But first up is a presentation made by Dr. John Adamczyk, Research Leader at the USDA-ARS Thad Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory in Poplarville, MS. In it, he gives some background on the Lab as well as tidbits on current and upcoming research. Dr. Stephen Stringer, Research Geneticist, also assisted by talking about some new blueberry releases that will occur in the very near future. You can read more about those in the January-March 2014 issue of the award-winning (more on that later) Mississippi Vaccinium Journal. To view the entire PowerPoint presentation as a PDF file, click on the link below.