USDA seeking to limit cranberry crop
By Rapids City Times staff
WISCONSIN RAPIDS – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking approval for a plan to limit cranberry crop.
The head of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association says its members had hoped the USDA would finalize any federal market order being considered before growing season started.
The USDA wants to limit the nation’s cranberry crop to 75 percent of its normal size, but the decision isn’t final yet. The move would be aimed at decreasing supplies and raising prices. The federal government has done this in the past and prices went up.
If the order is approved, the extra cranberries may be sold as soil supplements or feed for cattle.