There are many issues facing raspberry and blackberry production today, from invasive pests to stubborn, persistent soil diseases — and many opportunities to expland our production areas, improve fruit quality, and identify the specific health benefits of our berries. Research plays a vital role in developing solutions, supporting the sustainability of caneberry farms across the North America, and bringing our healthful berries to consumers.

The North American Bramble Growers Foundation is now seeking proposals for funding for 2017. The deadline for proposals is December 21, 2016. See the Request for Proposals.

The Foundation is a tax-exempt, charitable 501(c)(3) organization adjunct to the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (formerly North American Bramble Growers Association, or NABGA). It was chartered in August, 1998 to facilitate NABGA’s ability to receive donations and make grants to fund bramble research. As of 2016, the Foundation has granted a total of $219,849 to 89 projects at universities in the U.S. and Canada and the USDA research centers.

Learn more about the Foundation here.  


This tent is being used to monitor movement of Spotted Wing Drosophila flies into and out of a blackberry field