Board of Directors
David Arena, North American Blueberry Council
David Bell, Maine Wild Blueberry Commission
Chris Barnhill, North American Blueberry Council
Christina Khoo,Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc
Debby Wechsler, North Carolina Strawberry Assocation
Henry Bierlink, Washington Red Raspberry Commission
Janice Honigberg/Ian Grigg - SunBelle, Inc
John Shelford, At Large Member
Liz Ponce, North American Strawberry Growers Association
Manuel Silveria, Oregon Strawberry Commission
Nate Nourse, New England Vegetable & Berry Growers Association
Nathan Milburn, North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association
Phil Neary, At Large Member
Philip Gütt, Northwest Center for Small Fruits Research; Oregon Raspberry & Blackberry Commission; Oregon Strawberry Commission
Paul Kindinger - Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association
Rick Tomlinson, California Strawberry Commission
Rod Cook, North American Blueberry Council
Ted Campbell,Florida Strawberry Growers Association
Terry Humfeld, Cranberry Institute
Tom Barnes, North American Blueberry Council
The National Berry Crops Initiative (NBCI) is a partnership of industry, academia and government formed to develop a strategic plan for the continued growth and sustainability of berry crop production in the United States. Berry crops include, but are not limited to: strawberry, brambles (raspberry, blackberry, others), blueberry, cranberry (including lingonberry) and Ribes (currant and gooseberry). A steering committee was assembled in Spring 2005 to draft the strategic plan that could be presented nationally to farmers, academia and state and federal agencies for their consideration, suggestions, and approval. The Board of Directors was selected in 2007.
This website has been developed to help continue the cooperation of the berry crops organizations and, as they work together, to put this strategic plan into effect to encourage the growth of the berry crops as successful, sustainable crops for farmers and as healthful, nutritious, and flavorful choices for the American diet.
Mark your Calendar!
2013 Berry Health Benefits Symposium – June 18-20, Charlotte, NC
Behind news releases on how berries improve the odds in the battle against chronic disease and aging is the work of research scientists. The Berry Health Benefits Symposium is an international conference dedicated to showcasing the latest scientific research by these men and women into berries and health. The symposium, which has been held biennially since 2005, features cutting edge findings in many areas including breast and colon cancer, leukemia, diabetes, gut health, metabolism, brain aging, heart health and more.
In 2013, twenty of the world’s most renowned berry researchers will gather in Charlotte, North Carolina, June 18-20th to present information that will attract media and consumer attention to berries as a superfruit.
Put on under the auspices of the National Berry Crops Initiative, the Berry Health Benefit Symposium offers two days of dynamic research presentations and a special one-day event “The Berry Sessions” for non-scientists. The North Carolina Research Tour, on June 20th will allow visitors to see the high tech side of berry research followed by a dinner at a private Appalachian lodge. Early Registration is now open! www.berryhealth.org