U.S. cranberry growers harvested a bumper crop in 2016, and they are asking U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to help.The 17-member Congressional Cranberry Caucus wrote a letter to Secretary Vilsack, asking to make a large purchase of the fruit like he did for milk producers earlier in the year.
The excess product is weighing on prices across the country. Growers can manage the surplus by destroying or dumping the crop, but the Caucus believes the cranberries would be put to better use through delivering it to local food pantries.
In 2013, USDA made a large purchase of cranberries when growers faced another bumper crop.
Watch one of the oldest cranberry farms in Washington state, McPhail Family Farms, and their challenges with the large cranberry crop on AgDay above.