CHESTERFIELD, Mo. -- International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) aims to raise more than $1 million over the next five years to support tree fruit research. To support its goal, the association created the IFTA Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
AMR Management Services will provide professional services and administrative support to the newly formed foundation in conjunction with its ongoing association management services for IFTA. The foundation will be headquartered in AMR's Chesterfield, Mo., office.
"The IFTA Research Foundation is about making a commitment to tree fruit research for the long term," said Ken Hall, president of the foundation board of trustees. "The benefits won't be paid today, and the recipients may not be current growers. But there will be future fruit growers who will be better at what they do because tree fruit research continued on."
IFTA's core mission encourages research to advance tree fruit growing and support systems. The foundation will provide the tree fruit industry more research funding and an effective means to grant funding to leading pomologists and plant scientists.
Through a permanent endowment and current year gifts, the IFTA Research Foundation will fund projects reviewed and recommended by the association's independent research committee, which typically meets during IFTA's annual conference in February.
"IFTA's forward-thinking decision to create a research foundation to help fund critical research will help the association better fulfill its mission," said Chief Operating Officer Nick Ruffin. "AMR is proud to assist the foundation in achieving success."
About the International Fruit Tree Association
The International Fruit Tree Association was established in 1958 and exists to promote an understanding of the nature and use of intensive orchard systems through dissemination of information and to expand the knowledge in this industry by encouraging continued research efforts. For more information or to donate, please visit the IFTA website at www.ifruittree.org.
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