Last week (February 12), MSU Extension, USDA-ARS, and the Gulf South Blueberry Growers’ Association co-hosted a blueberry education workshop for Mississippi blueberry growers. The agenda was as listed below. Click on the name of the presentation to see the PowerPoint as a PDF file.
Dr. Barakat Mahmoud (MSU-ES): Overview of the Revised FSMA Rule on Produce Safety Standards
Dr. Tim Rinehart (USDA-ARS, Poplarville): An Update on Rabbiteye Blueberry Genomics
Aaron Rodgers (Mississippi Dept. of Agriculture and Commerce): Mechanical Harvesters vs. Hand Labor: Examining the Economic Decision-making of Blueberry Harvests (PDF not available)
Dr. Eric Stafne (MSU-ES): Scale-neutral Harvest-aid System and Sensor Technologies to Improve Efficiency and Handling of Fresh-market Highbush Blueberries
Dr. Barbara Smith (USDA-ARS, Poplarville): Blueberry Disease Control Recommendations
Dr. John Adamczyk (USDA-ARS Poplarville): Pollinators and You in our Blueberries: Are We Taking It For Granted?
Dr. Blair Sampson (USDA-ARS, Poplarville): SWD in Mississippi Blueberries
Overall there were roughly 50 attendees. Evaluation data indicated that the crowd was pleased with the topics. Some even suggested topics for next time, which is always welcome. Below are a couple photos of the event.
Dr. Mahmoud covering the upcoming FSMA regulations
Dr. Rinehart covering an exciting new topic — Rabbiteye genomics
If you were not able to attend this year’s event, please plan to make it next year. It will likely be around the same time and place. If you have any requests for topics or speaks please let me know and I will do all that I can to accommodate it. Thanks for a great turnout!
I also “Live Tweeted” the workshop. Those tweets generated 1015 impressions (how many people saw the tweet in their timeline) and 66 engagements (how many people clicked on the tweet). That is a 6.5% engagement rate from those who did not even attend!
If you want to follow me on Twitter, my handle is @EStafne
I try to tweet other events as well and general information related to fruit crops.