The LSU AgCenter, along with a Mississippi agriculture agency and three other southern universities, has been awarded a $518,000 grant to develop an interactive, educational Web site about blueberries.
The site’s purpose will be to teach people in the southeastern United States how to grow this commodity, which is increasingly popular, and to encourage consumers to eat more blueberries, which are a valuable source of many nutrients and fiber.
The "All About Blueberries" site will be part of eXtension.org, which is a national Web site aggregating information from 74 universities across the country.
The grant is from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Specialty Crop Research Initiative. The LSU AgCenter’s four partners in the project are the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in Poplarville, Miss.; Mississippi State University in Starkville; Auburn University in Auburn, Ala.; and North Carolina State University in Raleigh.
Linda Foster Benedict
(This article was published in the fall 2009 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)