USDA National Statistics Service

The USDA National Statistics Service has noticed Aronia listed as an “Other” crop on a significant
number of surveys. Listing Aronia as its own crop rather than “Other” is important for future funding,
grant opportunities, etc. The USDA would like Aronia growers wishing to be included in the 2017
Census of Agricultural crops survey to contact them.

MAA would like to encourage ANY Aronia grower to contact the USDA!
Additional information:
1. Data collected is confidential – protected by US Title 7. No individual details are revealed.
2. USDA census data becomes public at publication and is used by policy makers at various
government levels including local, county, state and US. It is also available to industry players
who may want to plan by adding staff to accommodate processing, product development, etc.
Additionally, MAA and other organizations like ours can use the information to produce graphs,
presentations, etc. for education, discussion, grant applications, decision-making, etc.

There has not been a comprehensive source for this information before. This is a chance for
Aronia to get “on the map”!

If you would like more information regarding the USDA and this project or to supply your contact
information for the USDA survey mailing, you may access to find a USDA
office closest to your location. Information can also be left at the 800 numbers. USDA needs
this information by October.

Please consider including your name to receive the USDA survey for the 2017 Agricultural
Census to establish Aronia as a distinct crop!
For more information about Aronia and the MAA, please visit
Midwest Aronia Association

Reduction of Adipogenesis by Chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa) Extract in 3T3-L1 Preadipocytes

2016 Conference Presentation and Recordings are now available

2016 Conference Presentation and Recordings are now available for Members that attended this years conference.

The link is located on the Members Only page and can be accessed by members after logging in.

Central Iowa Aronia Growers Group

The Central Iowa Aronia Growers Group will be getting together on ThursdayeveningJanuary 28, 6:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Police Recreation Center at 5374 NE 12th Avenue, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327.
If you’d like to bring an Aronia food item, we would enjoy sharing!
We have invited a representative from Iowa Workforce Development who would offer information about migrant labor for those wishing to hand-harvest.
Hope to see you there!
Peggy & Erlene


Celeb Trainer Harley Pasternak: Meet the New Berries on the Block

Aronia Berries are starting to gain some traction in Hollywood!


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MAA Recipe Book

The Midwest Aronia Association (MAA) has published the first edition of the Aronia Berry Recipe book! Many MAA members have contributed to the 90 recipes in this book. It can be found for sale online through or at for $9.95. Celebrate the value and taste of this incredible fruit with your family and friends today! Members qualify for a 20% discount. Details about the book are below:

Aronia berry…the powerpacked superfruit of superfruits! Aronia, also known as the
black chokeberry, is a deciduous shrub native to North America and is often
confused with chokecherry. The intense violet-black colored berries can vary in size,
but are most commonly a similar size to the blueberry. Harvested in late summer,
berries are juicy with an astringent dry taste. Berries can be enjoyed fresh on salads
or blended into smoothies. Frozen Aronia berries, or even pressed juice, can be
substituted for other fruits in baked goods, jellies, yogurt, sorbet or juice blends.
Other uses include winemaking, tea, syrup, salsa, spreads and as natural food

We invite you to share in the goodness and many health benefits of the Aronia berry through our collection of recipes…from down-home comfort foods, to innovative gourmet dishes and creations for the health-minded. We hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we have in the creation and ‘taste-testing’ of them!

Authored by Midwest Aronia Association
The Midwest Aronia Association, founded in 2008, is the largest non-profit organization founded exclusively for the agricultural and educational promotion of Aronia. We come from many states and Canada, sharing knowledge and experience with other growers, processors and those with interest in the Aronia berry. Our Association holds a front row seat in the development of the domestic Aronia market, research and specifications.

Regional Groups Information

During our annual meeting in March we had a short session where we were allowed to split up into groups by our region.  We received a lot of positive feedback on this and have decided to pursue this further.  There is already a couple regional groups that meet informally a few times a year and they seem to be very helpful for all Aronia enthusiast from those just looking into planting a few plants to the veterans that are producing berries.

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After Garlic, Danyang Rising as a New Aronia Growing District

The Korea Bizwire
After Garlic, Danyang Rising as a New Aronia Growing District
The Korea Bizwire
21 (Korea Bizwire) – Danyang-gun, which has long been famous as a garlic growing district, is rising fast as a producer of Aronia berries, which are …

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