Barton said four free training sessions are planned for late April and early May. Two are scheduled on farms in Cornelius and Jefferson, Ore., and another is scheduled at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. The fourth training session will be in the Eugene, Ore., area, but the specific location has not been decided.
All Oregon berry growers are welcome to attend the free training, but both Barton and Unger said they particularly hope growers with small to medium-sized operations participate.
“It doesn’t matter what size grower is involved. It only takes one berry to impact the entire industry,” Barton said.
“One of the challenges we identified when we started talking about this was how to find all of the smaller growers. It’s not like there is a list,” he said.
The training sessions will be conducted in English and Spanish, Barton said, with a focus on helping field supervisors understand what field workers need to do to ensure the safest harvest.