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SDA Approves USHBC
   Assessment Increase - 2014

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> Mechanical Harvesting and Handling Progress Report Fall 2014

> Visual Bruise Assessment and Analysis of Mechanical Impact Measurement in Southern Highbush Blueberries

>Measurement of Mechanical Impacts Created by Rotary, Slapper, and Sway Blueberry Mechanical Harvesters


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USHBC History Summary 
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> Grower Assessment Packet
> First Handler Assessment Packet
> Int'l Assessment Rebate Procedure
 

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> Low Volume Exemption Form
> USHBC Organic Exemption Memo
> Organic Exemption Request Form

Miscellaneous Forms
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> 2016 USHBC Expense Form

 

USHBC Finances
> 2013 Financial Statement
> 2014 Budget Overview
> 2015 Budget Overview
> 2016 Budget Overview


USHBC - Organization
Welcome!
  If you grow highbush blueberries in the USA, you are part of the USHBC!  For more than 40 years, the pioneers of the highbush blueberry industry have invested in promotions and market development of highbush blueberries thorough the North American Blueberry Council (NABC).  In 2001, growers from throughout the USA voted to approve the Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order.  We salute our predecessors and take the baton to work on promoting the growth and well being of the entire industry.  This web page is designed to inform blueberry industry members about the USHBC, activities and events.  Please bookmark this page and return often as we are continually updating.
Officers    Members & Alternates     Staff     Committees   Organization   Meetings


USHBC OFFICERS    

Chairman: Parm Bains

Vice Chairman: Dave Arena

Treasurer: Mark Hurst

Secretary: Shelly Hartmann

Member at Large: John Bennett

Past Chairman: Art Galletta



USHBC MEMBERS AND ALTERNATES
States: (alphabetical) Name Term
California Member - Buck Klein
Alternate - Open
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
Florida Member -
Alternate -
 
Georgia Member - John Bennett
Alternate - Adair Chambers Peterson
Second term ends 12/31/16
Second term ends 12/31/16
Michigan Member - Robert Carini
Alternate - George Frtiz, Jr.
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
New Jersey Member - Tim Wetherbee
Alternate- Denny Doyle
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
North Carolina Member -
Alternate -

Oregon Member - Steve Erickson
Alternate - Doug Krahmer
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
Washington Member - Bryan Sakuma
Alternate - Rob Dhaliwal
Second term ends 12/31/16
Second term ends 12/31/16
Regions
Western Member - Mark Hurst
Alternate - Verne Gingerich
 Second term ends 12/31/18
Second term ends 12/31/18
Midwest Member - Patricia Goin
Alternate - Shelly Ann Hartmann
First term ends 12/31/18
First term ends 12/31/18
Northeast Member - Art Galletta
Alternate - Dave Arena
First term ends 12/31/18
First term ends 12/31/18
Southern Member - Bill Braswell
Alternate - Jerod Gross
Second term ends 12/31/18
First term ends 12/31/18
Handler/Importer/
Exporter
Name Term
Handler Member - Guy Cotton
Alternate  Brian Caster
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
Importer # 1 Member - Francisco Allende
Alternate - John Johnston
First term ends 12/31/18
First term ends 12/31/18
Importer # 2 Member - Brian Bocock
Alternate - Janice Honigberg
First term ends 12/31/16
First term ends 12/31/16
Importer # 3 Member - Parm Bains
Alternate - Ray Biln
Second term ends 12/31/16
Second term ends 12/31/16
Importer # 4 Member -
Alternate -
 
Exporter #1 Member - Jorge Andres Varela
Alternate - Felipe Juillerat
First term ends 12/31/18
Second term ends 12/31/18
Exporter #2 Member -
Alternate -
 
Public Member Member - Juan Silva, Ph.D.
Alternate - Amy Howell, Ph.D
First term ends 12/31/18
First term ends 12/31/18
     
COMMITTEES Name State/Province/Country
Executive    
  Chairman - Parm Bains USHBC Chairman
  Vice Chairman - Francisco Allende New Jersey
  Treasurer - Mark Hurst Oregon
  Secretary - Pat Goin Michigan
  Member at Large - John Bennett Georgia
  Past Chairman - Art Galletta New Jersey
     
Finance    
  Chairman - Mark Hurst Western Region - Oregon
  John Bennett Georgia
  George Fritz Jr. Michigan
  Janice Honigberg Importer
  Buck Klein California
  Doug Krahmer Oregon
  Lorrie Merker Assigned Committee Member, Michigan
  Nicolas Moller Exporter, Chile
  Art Galletta New Jersey
  Tim Wetherbee New Jersey
  USHBC Chairman - Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia, Canada
     
Good Practices    
  Chairman - Denny Doyle New Jersey
  Bill Braswell Southern Region - Florida
  Cort Brazelton Assigned Committee Member - Oregon
  Brian Caster Handler
  John Galletta Assigned Committee Member - New Jersey
Verne Gingerich Western Region - Oregon
  Patricia Goin Midwest Region - Indiana
  Felipe Juillerat Exporter - Chile
  Bryan Sakuma Washington
  Juan Silva, Ph.D. Public Member - Mississippi
  Jason Smith Assigned Committee Member - British Columbia
  USHBC Chairman - Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia
     
Mechanical Harvesting Subcommittee    
  Chairman - Rod Cook Assigned Committee Chair - Washington
  Andres Armstrong Assigned Committee Member - Chile
  Ron Bodke Assigned Committee Member - Michigan
  Mark Hurst Western Region - Oregon
  Mike Mainland, Ph.D Assigned Committee Member - North Carolina
  Mike Makara Assigned Committee Member - British Columbia
     
Industry Relations    
  Chairman, Bo Slack Assigned Committee Chair - Washington
  Francisco Allende Importer - New Jersey
  Dave Arena Eastern Region - New Jersey
  Guy Cotton Handler - California
  Rob Dhaliwal Washington
  Robert Ditchen Assigned Committee Member - Oregon
  Steve Erickson Oregon
  Neil Moore Assigned Committee Member - North Carolina
  Chris Barnhill Assigned Committee Member - North Carolina
  Sofia Rebolledo Refusta Assigned Committee Member - Exporter Chile
  USHBC Chairman - Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia, Canada
     
Promotions    
  Chairman, Kirk McCreary Assigned Committee Chair - Michigan
  Ken Patterson Assigned Committee Member - Florida
  Andres Armstrong Assigned Committee Member - Chile
  Ray Biln Importer - British Columbia
  Brian Bocock Importer
  Bob Carini Michigan
  Kyla Oberman Assigned Committee Member - California
  Denny Doyle New Jersey
  Francisco Allende Importer - New Jersey
  Shelly Hartmann Midwest Region - Michigan
  Jeff Malensky Assigned Committee Member - Oregon
  Bob Hawk Assigned Committee Member - California
  Nathan Sakuma Assigned Committee Member - Washington
  John Shelford Assigned Committee Member - Florida
  Tom Avinelis Assigned Committee Member - Chile
  Francisco Allende Importer - New Jersey
  USHBC Chairman - Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia
     
Export Subcommittee    
  Chairman,  
  Dave Arena Eastern Region - New Jersey
  Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia, Canada
  Mark Hurst Western Region - Oregon
  Kirk Mcreary  Assigned Committee Member- Michigan
  David Munger Assigned Committee Member - California
  Nathan Sakuma Assigned Committee Member - Washington
  Tom Avinelis Assigned Committee Member - California
     
Health Research    
  Chairman, Dave Brazelton Assigned Committee Chairman - Oregon
  Karen Avinelis Assigned Committee Member - California
  Adair Chambers-Peterson Georgia
  Amy Howell, Ph.D Public Member
  Mike Mainland, Ph.D Assigned Committee Member - North Carolina
  Mark Sweeney, Ph.D. Assigned Committee Member - British Columbia, Canada
  Dave Trinka Assigned Committee Member - Michigan
  Leslie Wada, Ph.D. Assigned Committee Member - California
  Dave Wyckoff Assigned Committee Member - Washington
  USHBC Chairman - Parm Bains Importer - British Columbia, Canada
     
Note: Assigned Committee Members, are not elected USHBC Members, but are assigned to committees because of special expertise.

USHBC Staff

Executive Director - Mark L. Villata
Assistant Manager - Julie Fogarty
Compliance Coordinator - Rick Ruckman
Office Manager - Mary Nezbeth

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