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Intensive Berry Training Program Being Offered to Midwest Growers

February 27, 2006

PIKETON, Ohio -- Ohio State University Extension and Michigan State University Extension are joining forces to provide Midwest berry growers with an intensive two-day training on berry production and management, with a specific emphasis on blueberries.

The Ohio Berry/Blueberry Grower Training Program will take place March 13-14 at Ohio State University South Centers at Piketon in Piketon, Ohio. Sessions on March 13 will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions on March 14 will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost of the event is $100, which includes sessions, notebooks with topics translated in Spanish, hands-on field practice to take place in early summer, and catered lunches. Those who are unable to attend the training program may receive a video of the program, along with the notebook and handouts for the registration fee.

Research specialists from both universities will be on-hand to discuss a wide variety of topics.

Topics will include Integrated Pest Management of insects, diseases and weeds, plant growth and development, insect and disease growth and development, weeds and soils, cross-cultural education, principles of scouting, food safety, pesticide safety and regulations, use and management of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides, leadership training, soil and plant tissue sampling techniques, and monitoring and management of insects, diseases and weeds.

Attendees with Private Applicator licenses may earn Applicator Recertification credits.

For more information, or to register contact Brad Bergefurd or Charity Crabtree at (740) 289-2071, or e-mail Additional information can also be found by logging onto

Candace Pollock
Brad Bergefurd