Chad E. Finn
Courtesy Faculty, Research Geneticist & Small Fruit Breeder

Our research program has three primary objectives:

  • to develop blackberry, red and black raspberry, strawberry, and blueberry cultivars for the commercial small fruit industry.
  • to expand germplasm available to plant breeders by collecting wild species of Rubus, Vaccinium and Fragaria. This material is then evaluated and incorporated into advanced breeding material.
  • identification and evaluation of potential new small fruit crops.
Department of Horticulture
USDA-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Unit
3420 NW Orchard Ave.
Corvallis, OR 97330
United States
(541) 738-4037


  • Active in all stages of berry breeding from parental selection through cultivar release. Program has released over three dozen berry cultivars that are grown around the world.
  • Collected and evaluated many species from around the world particularly China, Andean S. America, and the US for their usefulness as breeding material.


  • Co-teach HORT 251
  • Guest lecture in horticulture and plant breeding courses



Ph.D.- Horticulture (minor Plant Breeding), 1989, University of Minnesota.

M.S.-Horticulture, 1985, University of Minnesota.

B.S.- Horticulture Production, 1983, Purdue University.


Professional Experience:

Research Geneticist, U.S.D.A.-ARS, Horticultural Crops Research Unit, 1993-present

Assistant Professor of Horticulture/State Fruit Crop Specialist, Dept. of Horticulture, Univ. of Missouri, 1989-1993

Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Horticultural Science & Landscape Architecture, Univ. of Minnesota, 1983-1989

Assistant Extension Specialist - Fruit Crops, Univ. of Minnesota, 1988-1989

Research Assistant (summer), Small Fruits Lab. U.S.D.A.-ARS, Beltsville, Md. 1980-1982 

I accept graduate students for Horticulture

Outreach and Extension

  • Speak at field days and winter educational meetings.
  • Spend time in grower fields and processing and packing operations.

Fun Fact

My spouse and I are passionate horticulturists at home as well as professionally and cannot drive by a good nursery without stopping. While no desire to live there, we cannot get enough of camping and hiking in southern Utah and Four Corners area.