Cranberry Marketing Committee Announces 2016-2018 Members & Crop Production Forecast

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The Cranberry Marketing Committee held its annual summer meeting August 8 and 9 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. During this meeting Committee members and alternates were announced into their roles for the term beginning August 1, 2016 and running through July 31, 2018.

Aerial view of Wisconsin cranberry marsh.

The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) held its annual summer meeting August 8 and 9 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. During this meeting Committee members and alternates were announced into their roles for the term beginning August 1, 2016 and running through July 31, 2018.

As stated in the Cranberry Marketing Order, the CMC consists of 13 grower members, and 9 grower alternate members, as well as one public member and one public alternate member. Independent nominations were held in April with voting taking place in May. Major Cooperative Members & Alternates were appointed by the board of Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. In June, all appointees submitted Qualification Statements to the USDA Secretary. The CMC received Selection Approval from the Secretary for all appointees prior to its annual summer meeting.

Executive Subcommittee
Chair: James Rezendes
Vice Chair: George Rogers
Secretary/Treasurer: Parker Mauck
Outgoing Chair: Jill Amundson

District 1 (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut)
District 1 Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Lawrence Harju, Adrienne Mollor, George Rogers (Alternate)
District 1 Other Than Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Parker Mauck, James Rezendes, Dawn Gates-Allen (Alternate)

District 2 (New Jersey)
District 2 Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Stephen Lee IV, Joseph Darlington (Alternate)
District 2 Other Than Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Tom Gerber, William Poinsett, Jr. (Alternate)

District 3 (Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan)
District 3 Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Jill Amundson, David Bartling, Martin B. Potter (Alternate)
District 3 Other Than Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Jim Van Wychen, Vicki Nemitz, Gary Jensen (Alternate)

District 4 (Oregon, Washington)
District 4 Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Frank O. Glenn III, Kevin Hatton (Alternate)
District 4 Other Than Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: George Bussmann, Ron Puhl (Alternate)

Member-At-Large Major Cooperative Members & Alternate: Alexander C. Ells, Jesse Rezin (Alternate)

Public Member: Dr. D. Steven White

During its annual summer meeting, the CMC also forecast domestic production for the crop which will be harvested this fall. Drought conditions in Massachusetts led to a decrease in forecast numbers and, alternatively, favorable growing conditions in Wisconsin led to an increase in projected harvest numbers. If the CMC’s estimate is accurate, domestic production will be up approximately 1 million barrels over last year. This year’s forecast for each growing region is as follows:

Massachusetts    2,079,000 barrels
New Jersey    533,000 barrels
Wisconsin    5,814,000 barrels
Oregon    447,000 barrels
Washington    170,000 barrels
Total    9,043,000 barrels

About the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC)
The CMC was established as a Federal Marketing Order in 1962 to ensure a stable, orderly supply of good quality product. Authority for its actions are provided under Chapter IX, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, referred to as the Federal Cranberry Marketing Order, which is part of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended. This Act specifies cranberries as a commodity that may be covered, regulations that may be issued, guidelines for administering the programs, and privileges and limitations granted by Congress. For more information about the CMC, visit http://www.uscranberries.com or follow @uscranberries on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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