Washington Red Raspberry Commission

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Request for Proposals for 2017



  • Develop cultivars that are summer bearing, high yielding, winter hardy, machine-harvestable, disease resistant, virus resistant and have superior processed fruit quality
  • Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) – residue decline curves, harmonization
  • Fruit rot including pre harvest, post harvest, and/or shelf life.
  • Labor saving practices – ex. Pruning, AY, public/private technology partnerships
  • Management options for control of the Spotted Wing Drosophila


  • Soil fumigation techniques and alternatives to control soil pathogens, nematodes, and weeds.
  • Understanding soil ecology and soil borne pathogens and their effects on plant health and crop yields.
  • Root weevils
  • Nutrient Management – Revise OSU specs, Consider: timing, varieties, appl. techniques
  • Irrigation management – application techniques including pulsing

# 3

  • Mite management
  • Viruses/crumbly fruit, pollination
  • Weed management – especially horsetail
  • Foliar & Cane diseases – i.e. spur blight, yellow rust, cane blight, powdery mildew, etc.
  • Cane Management including suppression
  • Pest Management as it affects Pollinators
  • Effect on BRIX by fungicide and fertility programs
  • Season extension: improve viability of fresh marketing

Research Proposal and Reports Schedule

  • September 9, 2016 - RFP issued based on priorities for calendar year 2017.
  • October 12-13 - Pre-Proposal Discussion Roundtable- WRRC Research Committee and raspberry growers discuss ideas with Researchers intending to respond to the RFP. With Blueberry Commission in Mt Vernon.
  • December 12, 2016 - Deadline for Final Report for 2015 projects.
  • December 12, 2016 - Deadline for submission to WRRC for 2017 proposals. (If you send your proposals through WSU, check with them on the deadline.)
  • January 4, 2017 - WRRC Research and Board meeting to evaluate 2017 proposals and determine needed follow-up questions.
  • January 25, 2017 - WRRC Board approves final 2017 research projects and budget.
  • NOTE: The WRRC annual deadline for research proposals for any upcoming fiscal year (January-December) is December 12th of the current year. This deadline is timely for the annual proposal and budget review. However, the Commission will also consider proposals throughout the year, though funding decisions may not occur until late fall. Contact Henry Bierlink, Executive Director, for further information.

    The Commission is looking for projects that meet the current research priorities. WRRC grants are open to non-profit organizations, including commodity groups/associations and farmers' groups, private enterprises such as pest consultants and food processors, university and extension programs. A progress report is due by December 12 of each year of a multiple-year grant. A final report, including final fund requests, are due no later than 60 days after the project ends. Funds for grants are limited and the selection process is competitive. Please open the application process and application format, and be aware that WRRC allows only direct costs.

    Submit your proposal electronically (as a Word attachment) to Henry Bierlink (henry@red-raspberry.org) by the deadline date. Initial funding decisions will be made in early January, final funding for projects will be approved in late January and notification will be made soon after. Funds will be available from documented invoices sent to the Commission office on the quarterly basis.

    Current additions to site.

    Upcoming meetings

    • September 7 — WRRC Board Meeting – Lynden
    • October 26 — WRRC Board Meeting – Lynden
    • Nov. 30–Dec. 2 — WSU Small Fruit Workshop, Lynden Ag Show, WRRC Bd. Mtg. Lynden

    WRRC Funds Nearly $200,000 in 2016 Raspberry Research

    Over 75% of your 2015 Assessment dollars are being applied to research projects in 2016. To see how the funds are distributed, go here.

    The 2015 Annual Meeting

    Go here to see highlights from the meeting..

    Infographic for raspberries

    A graphic look at Whatcom County's popular varieties, plus top producing state and countries. Also the science behind harvesting.

    Maximum Residue Limits for foreign markets

    WRRC partners with other raspberry and blueberry organizations to track changes in MRLs in specific foreign markets. WRRC members can access the updated chart here.

    National Roadmap for Red Raspberry Research, Teaching and Outreach Activities document

    Read the document here or go get more information on the Research page.

    Newsletters from the Commission

    Recent Newsletters:

    Links to past newsletters are listed on the archive page.

    2016 International Raspberry Organization (IRO)

    The 2016 IRO was held in Serbia in May. WRRC was represented by berry growers Rolf Haugen and Harbinder Brar along with NPRC Executive Director Tom Krugman. Go to the IRO website for recent crop information and presentations from IRO member countries.

    Washington Red Raspberries

    Washington Red Raspberry Commission

    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.

    Buyers Guide to Washington red raspberriesBuyer's Guide to Washington Red Raspberries

    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.redrazzz.org.

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