Politics stall request for blackberry promotion

02/03/2012 08:18:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

The unlikely collision, however, may not ultimately prevent the industry from forming the grower-funded organization that’s designed to encourage blackberry consumption.

During a Jan. 6 session at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga., Ervin Lineberger, owner of Killdeer Farm, Kings Mountain, N.C., led a give-and-take session on the proposed research and promotion organization.

It was the second annual industry hearing on the proposal, to be funded by growers through a penny-a-pound assessment paid by first handlers of all U.S. and imported blackberries. The money could raise $1.25 million to $1.5 million a year.



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