At the Great Lakes EXPO, Grand Rapids Michigan, Dec 4-6, 2016

This year, growers can take advantage of a berry special opportunity. The North American Strawberry Growers Association (NASGA) and the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association (NARBA) come together to hold the North American Berry Conference in association with the Great Lakes EXPO. An opening reception on Sunday will be followed by joint and concurrent caneberry and strawberry educational sessions on Monday December 5 at the Amway Grand Plaza.

The registration fee for the conference is $75/member and $125/non-members if registered before Nov. 16, $90/member and $145/non-members if after Nov. 16 which includes lunch. Pre-registration through the Great Lakes EXPO is encouraged. It is possible to register at the door, but lunch is not guaranteed for those that do not pre-register. It is not necessary to register for the Great Lakes EXPO to attend the North American Berry Conference

Summary of the berry conference

Sunday, December 4: Opening Reception (7 P.M. – 9 P.M.)

Monday, December 5: Continental Breakfast & General Sessions (7:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.)

Session 1 (10:45 A.M. – Noon)


  • Exclusion Netting and Harvest Frequency for SWD Management
  • Sustainable Options for Disease Management in Caneberries


  • Biofungicides and Organic Options for Disease Control in Strawberries
  • Tackling Tough Weeds in Strawberries

Mostly Tunnels

  • Choosing Tunnel Plastics to Meet Your Needs
  • Potential Effects of Tunnel Plastics on Pesticides and Pest Management
  • Approaches for Blackberry Production in High Tunnels


SESSION 2 (2 P.M. – 3:30)


  • The Expansion of Primocane-Fruiting Blackberry Production – From Idea to Reality
  • Wholesale Production: What are Caneberry Shipper/Marketers Looking for? – Panel Discussion


  • Managing Spotted Wing Drosophila in Strawberries – What Works – Rufus Isaacs
  • Sprayer Technology
  • Strawberry Varieties – Grower Panel

Mostly Tunnels

  • Grower Experiences with High Tunnels

SESSION 3 (3:45 P.M. – 5 P.M.)


  • Intensive Trellising Improved our Bottom Line
  • Getting two crops from your Raspberries: Does it Make Economic Sense?


  • What Facebook has Done for our Farm
  • Technology/Smart Phone Apps: Growers Share What Works for Them Mostly


  • Using High Tunnels for Organic Raspberry Production in Humid Regions
  • Organic Berry Production: Grower Panel

On Tuesday the Berry Conference continues with full tracks of strawberry and caneberry educational sessions within the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO itself. Two limited-registration workshops, “Getting Started in Raspberry & Blackberry Production” and “Create a Food Safety Plan for Your Farm – right here and now” will also be offered.

Learn more about these two berry organizations at and

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