The largest all-berry event held in Australia is going to be jam-packed full of speakers this year.
Berry Quest International 2018, will be held at Country Club Tasmania from February 12 to 15, 2018.
Just one from a list of outstanding speakers is Dr Chad Finn from the United States Department of Agriculture.
As a research geneticist Dr Finn a leads a comprehensive berry breeding program based in Corvallis, Oregon involving raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries. Dr Finn will outline his vision for future breeding requirements for berries.
As well as Dr Finn conference attendees will hear from other leading-edge speakers like Ridley Bell from Mountain Blue Farms.
Marion Regan from Hugh Lowe Farms in Kent will be giving insights into the United Kingdom berry industry, while Jon Gleeson from Driscolls will highlight the local side of things.
A panel of retailers including Coles and Woolworths will be giving their insights into the changing consumer landscape.
While topics such as exports, substrate management, protected cropping, pest and disease management, marketing, postharvest, food safety, labour management and more will be covered.
More than 30 companies will be exhibiting their products and services, and the Conference will be followed with farm tours showing off the best of berry produce and crop management in Tasmania.
Delegates to the conference can register now to take advantage of early bird registration which has been extended to January 8, 2018. Accommodation is limited in Launceston, but the conference organisers have secured special deals with a number of hotels for a limited time.
A full list of speakers and details on how to register and book accommodation can be found at www.berryquest.com.au