The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers association had their summer field days at Owen Rock Cranberry in Hancock yesterday. During a summer of record heat and drought, we had a nice cool 70’s day with the threat of rain, which eventually came. Whoda thunk? Most the growers I talked to are looking at a good crop. Not the best ever, not the worst. I remember back three years ago to the same time and the thoughts for a huge crop and then….rot showed its ugly self. Hot and dry usually means a great crop, but this year, who knows? In Wisconsin we started growing them in early April. Hard to know what is going to happen in October, but so far, so good. Talk also turned to price and the result of the last Ocean Spray auction has many discouraged about prices…they seem to have stalled, if not ticked down a bit. With talk of a good, solid crop, handlers seem happy with their prospects for a big crop and are acting exactly like we would if we knew we had, say, our fuel prices locked in for a year. We wouldn’t be looking around to pay more if we didn’t need more gas. Simple fact.
It has been a busy, busy summer for me with lots of travels. I will be updating the blog soon, as the Wisconsin field day is in a couple of days and the Cranberry Marketing meeting is at the end of the month. We will know a bit more about the projections for the crop and how sales are going….through the CMC July 31st report. Happy August!
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U. S. Cranberry Marketing Order Review
The U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC), established in 1962 by the cranberry industry to promote the industry’s best interests, would like to bring to your attention an opportunity for you to make changes to the Cranberry Marketing Order (CMO), a sub-section of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act. The CMO encompasses regulations, guidelines for administering programs, and the CMC’s ability to expand marketing programs in domestic and international markets.
Of late, the CMC Volume Regulation Review (VRR) sub-committee has been engaged in examining the volume regulation component of the CMO. Through conversations with the USDA, it has become apparent that if any other changes that require a formal rule making process are desired, proposed changes should be put forward with any changes proposed by the VRR sub-committee. In order to take advantage of this opportunity, the CMC has recently formed a CMO sub-committee to review & recommend any changes to the Order beyond those that may be proposed for volume regulation.
The CMO sub-committee held a conference call on June 20, 2012 and, per its mission to review all sections of the Cranberry Marketing Order Title 7 Code or Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 929 et seq., identified several sections for which there have been questions and/or desires expressed to modify (excluding sections related to volume regulation that had been taken up by the CMC Volume Regulation Review sub-committee). Although the following survey frames several questions related to those specific sections, we also encourage you to identify other sections and/or changes that you believe need further examination and potential modification.
WE URGE YOUR PARTICIPATION in this important informational effort and thank you in advance for taking this opportunity to help YOUR Industry meet today’s 21st century needs.
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Preliminary results of this survey will be reported at the upcoming meeting of the CMC. Any responses should be provided by August 20, 2012.