Federal labor laws
Raspberry growers need to stay informed of the federal labor laws affecting our industry. The following links to the Federal Department of Labor outlines the laws and legal requirements you and your workers should be complying with. The berry commissions are considering sponsoring a round of regional workshops next spring that will address both labor and food safety issues.
United States Department of Labor
Proposed marketing order changes for the red raspberry commission
The changes expands the commission's policy and purpose statement. It also confirms the the commission is the designated entity to speak on behalf of state govement on the subject of red raspberries. There also changes to the number and makeup of board member. Go to the current version of the changes. There may be a revision to this version and those will be on this site also.
The raspberry industry recognizes the serious nature of the recent hepatitis outbreak related to the Organic Antioxidant Blend of frozen fruit products purchased from Costco outlets in the southwestern USA. The following press release provides updated information on the issue and a source for continuing updates.
Newly formed National Raspberry Council elects officers.
On June 7, 2013, the National Raspberry Council appointed Thomas Krugman as its Executive Director and elected John Clark, (Clark's Berry Farm, Lynden, WA) as its Chairman, along with Rob Dhaliwal (Samson Farms, Lynden, WA) Vice-Chairman, and Brad Rader (Rader Farms, Lynden, WA) Secretary-Treasurer. The Council's headquarters will be established in Lynden, WA.
The Council will fund nutrition research and conduct wellness messaging campaigns targeting health care professionals, consumers, manufacturers, and end users of frozen raspberries. The full press release is HERE.
Presentations from the 2012 International Raspberry Conference in Canada
Go to the World News page to access all the presentations made at the 2012 conference in Canada. That page also has the presentations made at the 2010 IRO conference in Chile.
WSU/IU students feature raspberries in winning food science DuPont competition
A Greek yogurt cake "Aphrodite's Treats" featuring raspberries was the winning entry in this year's DuPont competition for food science students nationwide. It was won by students in the Washington State University/University of Idaho School of Food Science. Get the full story.
Current additions to site.
2014 Berry Workshops
The WRRC and the Washington Blueberry Commission are putting on four food safety and federal labor regulations full day workshops in February and March.
- February 25 at the WSU-NWREC in Mt. Vernon
- February 26 at the NW WA Fairground in Lynden
- March 5 at the WSU-IAREC in Processer
- March 6 at the WSU Clark County Extension in Vancouver.
For more details read the Spring newsletter.
Upcoming Commission Meetings in 2014:
January 22 ‐ in Lynden
April 9 ‐ in Puyallup
September 10 ‐ in Lynden
October 29 ‐ in Lynden
December 5 ‐ in Lynden (Annual meeting)
Efficiency in Drip Irrigation: Principles and Practices ‐ March 14 – Lynden WA
A 4.5 hour workshop is planned that will focus on drip irrigation principles and pratices. Four regional and national experts will cover a variety of topics that include: System Design, System Components, Irrigation Efficiency and Technologies in Small Fruit Production, Irrigation System Operation and Maintenance. Preregistration required - $20 before March 3rd, $25, after. Go here to preregister.
National Roadmap for Red Raspberry Research, Teaching and Outreach Activities document
2013 Production of Red Raspberries
Click here to see the 2013 Red Raspberry Production Report.
Newsletters from the Commission
Links to past newsletters are listed on the archive page.
Washington Red Raspberries
Washington red raspberries are delicious and nutritious, packed full of ellagic acid, vitamins, antioxidants and fiber, and produced on some of the most beautiful farmland in the United States. Washington accounts for nearly 95 percent of the U.S. production of processed red raspberries, at about 70,000,000 pounds per year.
The farmers who grow red raspberries, either for the market stand, grocery store shelves, or to be put in jam, jelly, or pies, are proud to offer you a clean, healthy product.
This site offers you information about the WRRC Board of Directors, the history of raspberries, the varieties being grown in the Pacific Northwest, production reports, what research the Commission has funded, and many other interesting facts about the industry that supports this wonderful fruit. In addition, you can find out about the most recent news concerning Washington raspberries, including newsletters, meeting schedule, and past events.
If you want raspberry recipes and health news, go to the Commission's consumer site www.raspberryinfo.com.
"Dirty Dozen" list misleading consumers
An expert panel of toxicologists, risk assessors and nutritionists concluded that the "Dirty Dozen" list is (a) misleading to consumers, (b) an impediment to public health because it discourages consumption of fresh produce and (c) lacks scientific evidence that the pesticide levels found pose any risk. As a result, there is no reason why a consumer should use this list to guide their purchasing decisions for fruits and vegetables. Get the report.