Media interview Yarborough in reports on blueberry conference

WABI (Channel 5), WVII (Channel 7) and News Center Maine interviewed David Yarborough, a wild blueberry specialist with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, in a report on the 2018 North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers conference held at UMaine and organized by the Extension. This is the first time the conference is being held in Maine in its history of more than 50 years. The four-day conference, covering topics related to all aspects of Maine wild blueberries, drew more than 70 participants from 13 states and three other countries, WABI reports. The final day of the conference featured tours of blueberry barrens, processing facilities and bee hives, according to WVII. “Essentially we are trying to improve the production of wild blueberries to allow us to remain competitive with cultivated blueberries which are grown throughout the world,” Yarborough said. “There have been some low prices in the last few years and what we’re trying to do is give our growers the tools to hang on. Our job is to grow blueberries, your job is to eat them!”