IFTA Research Foundation

The Research Foundation

The IFTA Research Foundation is IFTA’s research funding mechanism designed to further important research in the fruit tree industry. The Foundation is a 501 © 3 organization formed in 2012, with its own Board of Trustees and budget separate from IFTA.

IFTA encourages support of the IFTA Research Foundation and our many worthy projects highlighted in Compact Fruit Tree.

Donate today and have your name on the IFTA websiteSupport research and education that supports our industry!

The IFTA Research Foundation provided grant money to research projects awarded by the IFTA Research Committee for fruit tree research.

As the Foundation continues to build the permanent endowment, returns from that investment will be able to fund future research projects.

With your help, our organization will continue to be the leading international organization advancing intensive orchard systems.

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If you would like to make a contribution by check, please send to the following:

IFTA Research Foundation 6601 W. Deschutes Avenue, Suite C-2 Kennewick, WA 99336

IFTA Research Foundation News

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) formed a task force in 2011 and charged them with guiding and completing the necessary steps to establish a separate 501(c)(3) charitable organization that could provide the tree fruit industry with the potential for more research fund donations and an effective means to grant funding for tree fruit research long term. That task was completed recently when the new organization, IFTA Research Foundation, was incorporated.

IFTA will continue to manage the Research Committee's Request for Proposals and review of submitted proposals; however, the IFTA Research Foundation will fund the projects recommended by the IFTA Committee. The Committee meets once per year during the IFTA Annual Conference held typically in February. During that time they review all submitted research proposals as a group and create a list of projects they recommend funding for the year.

IFTA has always, as a core mission, sought to encourage research that will address issues that advance tree fruit growing and support systems. To meet that need in the future, the Foundation has also established a permanent endowment fund. The other primary activity for the IFTA Research Foundation is one of fundraising. They will request contributions from growers and suppliers for both current year research projects and for the permanent endowment fund.

Ken Hall, Edwards Apple Orchards, Inc. of Poplar Grove, Ill., was elected as the first president of the Foundation Board of Trustees.


"The IFTA Research Foundation is about making a commitment to tree fruit research for the long term,” said Hall. "The benefits won't be paid today, and the recipients may not be you or me. But there will be future fruit growers, maybe your grandchildren or mine, who will be better at what they do because IFTA research continued on.”