From Beef to Blueberries With Jill Scofield

Jill Scofield recently joined the NABC and USHBC as the director of communications and industry relations. In this newly created role, Jill is responsible for planning, directing and overseeing USHBC and NABC industry communications programs involving growers, marketers, exporters, importers, distributors and other stakeholders. In this episode of “The Business of Blueberries,” we sit down with Jill to chat about all things industry relations. 

Host Kasey Cronquist, president of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) and the North American Blueberry Council (NABC), is joined by Jill Scofield, director of communications and industry relations for USHBC and NABC. 

“I’m really excited to not just bring my experience to the table, but that passion for working on the behalf of agriculture. Again, [blueberries] may be a different commodity, but men and women are still working really hard to produce a really nutritious product and one I wholeheartedly believe in. ” – Jill Scofield

Topics covered include: 

  • Jill’s experience in the beef industry and how it relates to blueberries. 
  • Engaging both the USHBC and NABC sides of blueberries. 
  • Historical context of the industry relations aspect of USHBC. 
  • Moving forward with a hybrid of in-person and digital communication methods. 

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