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Workshop to focus on sustainable blackberry production

Oklahoma

Oklahomans who want to learn the basics of sustainable blackberry production should make plans to attend an informative workshop sponsored by Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension and the North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation.

Slated April 8, the workshop will feature a lecture, discussion and field visit format, said Eric Stafne, fruit and nut crop specialist with OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

"This will be a very informative workshop where participants will gain information regarding cultivar selection, site selection, irrigation design and installation, fertilizer application, weed control and pest control, as well as take a tour of the Cimarron Valley Research Station located near Perkins," Stafne said.

Registration is $25 and participants may register online through the OSU Marketplace at http://orangehub.okstate.edu/ustores/web/index.jsp. Click on the "Horticulture/Landscape" link on the left side of the page, select "Conference Registration--Blackberry," and then click on "Sustainable Blackberry Production." For more information contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404, or by e-mail at stephanie.larimer@okstate.edu. Registration is due by March 31.

In addition to learning the basics of blackberry production, participants also will learn about the health-based properties of blackberries and how to use that information as a marketing tool.

"We're very excited to offer this workshop for the first time. We have a number of industry professionals and specialists from OSU who will be on hand to share their expertise," Stafne said. "Participants will go home with a wealth of information about the blackberry industry."


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