USDA To Support Organic Blackberries



CORVALLIS, Ore. – A senior official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture will visit Oregon State University on Wednesday to announce two grants worth more than $3 million that will support the production of organic blackberries and help address the need for more small farmers.

Ann Mills, a deputy undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment, will meet with university officials and will discuss the growth of organic farming, this initiative and programs to aid farmers.

One grant for $2.4 million will fund research for four years in Oregon and North Carolina to help growers produce nutritional, high-yielding organic blackberries more cost-effectively. Oregon farmers sold nearly $24 million of blackberries last year, according to a report by the OSU Extension Service.

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