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Blackberry business flourishes in Arkansas

Blackberry growing is on the rise in Arkansas. Last year, governor Asa Hutchinson declared June to be Blackberry Month in the state, in recognition of the berry industry’s growing importance. There are about 50 significant blackberry growers in Arkansas, the largest of which is Ritter Agribusiness’ operation in Judsonia, about 60 miles northeast of Little Rock. Ritter purchased the farm from the Gillam family in 2018.

“Our blackberries can be found in grocery stores around the country, either under the River Farms label, or under the label of our marketer, which is Sunbelle, said Matt Wilson, farm manager.  “They are a large marketer of blackberries, blueberries and raspberries.”

Source: farmprogress.com


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