ELLSWORTH — The University of Maine Cooperative Extension is set to host its annual Wild Blueberry Conference from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the Moore Community Center, 125 State St.

This year, the conference also will offer a virtual option.

The event brings together experts, researchers, growers and industry leaders to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the wild blueberry industry. The conference will feature informative presentations, panel discussions and networking opportunities for attendees.

“We are delighted to once again host the UMaine Wild Blueberry Conference and provide a platform for knowledge sharing and collaboration within the wild blueberry industry,” Lily Calderwood, Extension wild blueberry specialist and assistant professor of horticulture, said in a UMaine news release. “While we encourage in-person participation, we understand that not everyone may be able to attend the conference. The virtual option will allow individuals to join the conference remotely and benefit from valuable insights that will contribute to the continued success of the wild blueberry industry.”

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including wild blueberry cultivation techniques, pest management strategies, market diversification ideas, and the latest research findings. Attendees will hear from experts in the field and gain insights into best practices and innovative approaches to wild blueberry production.

The registration fee is a suggested donation of $20 or pay what you can. All proceeds from the conference will help support the Extension’s wild blueberry programming, furthering research and education in the field.

Three pesticide credits will be available for full-day attendance. For more information and to register, visit extension.umaine.edu.

To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Mary Michaud at mary.j.michaud@maine.edu or 207-581-3175.


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