Cranberry Growers Asking Vilsack For Help With Bumper Crop

November 29, 2016 12:02 PM

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.

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Spell Check

Tazewell, VA
12/3/2016 09:12 AM

  Why should the taxpayer be bailing out cranberry production? What's the difference between AG-welfare and corporate welfare? ...right, nothing! Sometimes you score, sometimes you don't. But don't expect the taxpayer to be your cushion. I thank God for farmers, we need you and need more of you, but quit expecting us the taxpayer to be there to bail you out. Buy insurance


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