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New Cranberry Research Station Being Planned in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 05/16/2017

Plans are in the works for a new state-of-the-art cranberry research station in Jackson County. The Wisconsin Cranberry Research & Education Foundation announced it is purchasing about 155 acres of land to be used as the site for the facility, which will help develop and refine cranberry growing practices for growers throughout the state and across the nation.

The property is being purchased through private contributions to a capital campaign, as well as federal funds provided to the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

"We are thrilled to have identified the site for a world-class cranberry research station for Wisconsin," said WCREF Board President Bill Wolfe. "This is a major milestone in a long-term project that will immensely benefit current and future Wisconsin cranberry growers and the industry as a whole."

Organizers of the new research center hope to improve yield and quality, support the industry's economic sustainability, minimize environmental impacts, and best manage pests and disease to benefit a nearly $1 billion state cranberry industry that supports almost 4,000 Wisconsin jobs.

The WCREF will start renovations on the property later this year and research work will begin in 2018. Once complete, the station will feature experimental beds, researcher work space and a central location for field days, clinics, tradeshows and other educational workshops for the industry. The site will also host a producing cranberry marsh with its annual crop yield helping to offset operational costs.

Research at the facility will be conducted by USDA ARS scientists and University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, and will be coordinated nationally with researchers in other growing regions.

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