The WRRC is requesting your review and comment on research proposals for 2013
The proposals to the WRRC for 2013 research funding plus reports on 2012 projects can be downloaded here.
USDA approves new Research & Promotion Program for processed raspberries
USDA issued a Press Release (click here to read press release) today approving the creation of the National Red Raspberry Research and Promotion Program. Raspberry growers overwhelmingly supported WRRC’s request to form this program last May.
WRRC believes this program will be a great benefit to our growers. We have developed a short summary sheet along with a more detailed explanation of why the WRRC has advanced this proposal for the past seven years.
We are delighted with the opportunity to form this new entity and to develop a positive working relationship between the federal council and our state commission.
More information on this program will be published in an upcoming RED RASPBERRY REPORT.
Current additions to site.
Upcoming Commission Meetings in 2013:
January 23 -- 1 pm at the WRRC office in Lynden, WA.
April 10 in Puyallup, WA
September 11 in Mt. Vernon, WA
October 23 in Lynden, WA
December 5 in Lynden, WA (Annual Meeting)
2012 Production of Red Raspberries
Click here to see the 2012 Red Raspberry Production Report.
Videos from the Small Fruit Conference Dec. 8-9, 2011
Click here to go to a link for the video clips from the December 8-9, 2011 Washington Small Fruit Conference in Lynden, WA. Scroll down to the Ws.
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.
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.
Berries are increasingly viewed as having a profound impact against the diseases of aging including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and age related mental decline. Hear the evidence at the 2013 Berry Health Benefits Symposium to be held June 18-20 in Charlotte, North Carolina..
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.
Newsletters from the Commission
Links to past newsletters are listed on the archive page.
"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.