October 31, 2014
SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Put in a jam by one sour response, Oregon
lawmakers are chucking a plan to designate a state berry.
Resolution sponsors and the Oregon Raspberry and Blackberry
Commission wanted to honor the marionberry. The sweet blackberry
variety was bred at Oregon State University and grows almost
exclusively in Marion County.
Other berry interests - rasp, blue and straw - assented, but a
grower of another blackberry variety objected. The Oregonian
newspaper reported the commission then backed down.
Rep. Vicki Berger yanked her resolution. Given stickier economic
issues to tackle, she says she's "not going to bat over internal
disputes in the berry community."