USDA Adds Blueberries to Category 1 Eligibility List in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Farmers

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USDA Adds Blueberries to Category 1 Eligibility List in Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) for Farmers The USDA announced today that blueberry growers are now eligible for Category 1 Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments.  Based on the USDA’s original assessment of the impact of coronavirus on the industry, blueberries were eligible only for Categories 2 and 3 for CFAP …

U.S. Highbush Blueberries Gain Expanded Access to High-Demand Markets in China, The Philippines

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U.S. Highbush Blueberries Gain Expanded Access to High-Demand Markets in China, The Philippines The North American Blueberry Council (NABC) today expressed appreciation for progress made in ongoing U.S. trade negotiations with China in phase 1 of the trade agreement disclosed earlier this year. Among the new tenets of the agreement is expanded market access for fresh U.S. highbush blueberries. Previously, …

Fresh Thoughts: We’re Listening, Sharing and Taking Action

Shawn Grant News Articles

What an extraordinary week this has been. Any hope for “business as usual” has been replaced with an understanding that business will never be the same.  Last night, here in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a statewide “stay-at-home” order, calling on residents to “stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise.” I’ve spent my …

Fresh Thoughts: Now More Than Ever, It’s Time To Work Together

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Fresh Thoughts: Now More Than Ever, It’s Time To Work Together Last week’s NABC and USHBC meetings held in Washington, D.C., provided our industry with the opportunity to rally together on Capitol Hill, discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the blueberry business, and share our needs and desires with our political representatives. What a difference a week makes. By …

The Blueberry Industry Rallies Together In Washington, D.C.

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The Blueberry Industry Rallies Together In Washington, D.C. For the first time ever, the NABC hosted an industry “Hill Climb” in Washington, D.C., calling on Representatives and Senators to sign onto resolutions declaring July as “National Blueberry Month” and sharing NABC’s other key policy concerns. The day-long event included over 120 members of the NABC who visited 70 offices on …

Brian Bocock Earns Prestigious Award From NABC

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Brian Bocock Earns Prestigious Award From NABCAward Recognizes Excellence in Blueberry Marketing, Promotion Brian Bocock, vice president of product management for Naturipe Farms, has been named the 2020 Alex Wetherbee Award winner by the North American Blueberry Council (NABC).  This honor recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the industry in the areas of marketing and promotion. The award is …

Fresh Thoughts: I Support Blueberries

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Fresh Thoughts: I Support Blueberries Next week, our blueberry industry will descend on our nation’s capital. What was originally scheduled to be our NABC and USHBC Spring Meetings at a hotel in Alexandria, Virginia, has turned into an exciting opportunity to work together to help raise the profile of the blueberry industry with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. What’s our message?  …

NABC Board Chair Acknowledged in VP Pence Speech

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NABC Board Chair Acknowledged in VP Pence Speech NABC Board Chair Tom Bodtke and his brother, Larry, of Cornerstone Ag Enterprises were acknowledged Tuesday by Vice President Mike Pence in a speech to Michigan famers. The speech covered several ag topics, including the United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).  The Bodtke brothers were called out …

Fresh Thoughts: Inspired by the Abundance of Opportunity

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Fresh Thoughts: Inspired by the Abundance of Opportunity Last week, USHBC Promotion Chair Bob Carini and I made the trek to Boulder, Colorado, to spend some time with our new foodservice agency, SRG. The purpose of the visit was to connect with our new agency, get an update on what they’ve been working on and vet (read: taste test) upward …

Fresh Thoughts: Tackling the Pacific Northwest During Super Bowl Weekend

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Fresh Thoughts: Tackling the Pacific Northwest During Super Bowl Weekend In my early tenure here at NABC, I’ve been fortunate to visit a number of the industry’s production regions.   I traveled to Michigan in September, Washington State in October (our Fall Meetings), Florida in December, Georgia and North Carolina in January, and I just returned from British Columbia and Oregon …