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  Marionberry denied Oregon honour
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News DateWednesday, February 25, 2009 08:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionA proposal to name the marionberry as the official berry of the US west coast state of Oregon has been scuppered by a grower of a rival berry type.

The Oregonian newspaper said the resolution was removed from the state legislature's agenda at the request of a blackberry farmer, Larry Duyck.

Raspberry, blueberry and strawberry growers had all supported the proposal.

But Mr Duyck was worried that the marionberry would be given an unfair edge over his type of blackberries.

Oregon's Marion County accounts for 90% of the world's marionberry crop, the Oregonian reported.

Marionberries make up half of all blackberry production in Oregon.

"It would be like if the state of Oregon declared the Chevrolet its car," said Mr Duyck, who grows kotata blackberries. "What does that do to the other automakers?"
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