Cranberry Marketing Committee announces new membership and 2022 crop estimate

At its annual summer meeting August 16, 2022, the Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) announced new membership for the term beginning August 1, 2022 through July 31, 2024.

CMC is a federal marketing order that promotes the worldwide consumption of U.S. cranberries. Its membership includes 13 voting members and nine alternate members from the U.S. cranberry industry who represent growers in four designated districts from the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Central and Western regions of the United States. CMC membership also includes one public voting member and one alternate public member. CMC members are nominated to 2-year terms and submitted for official selection by the USDA Secretary.

CMC members have an important and direct influence over actions and activities of the Committee. This includes when and what volume control regulations should be implemented, and what generic promotional and marketing activities are initiated utilizing funds that are collected through handler assessments, federal grants and other sources.

In addition to welcoming the new slate of members listed below, the CMC formally recognized and thanked outgoing members at its recent annual summer meeting. These individuals have volunteered 49 years collectively in service to the U.S. cranberry industry: George Rogers of East Sandwich, Mass. and Parker Mauck of Westport, Mass., who both served on the Committee since 2010; Eric J. Pontiff of Duxbury, Mass., and Martin “Ty” Vincent of Bandon, Ore., who both served since 2020; Stephen Lee IV of Chatsworth, N.J., who served since 2015; Doug Rifleman of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., who served since 2018; Vicki Nemitz of Warrens, Wis, who served since 2012; and Dan Hamilton of Evergreen, Colo., who served since February 2022.

Also at its summer meeting, the Committee completed its biannual exercise of estimating the next U.S. Cranberry crop production. The Committee estimated a total U.S. production for crop year 2022 of 8,319,000 barrels with the regional breakdown as follows: Massachusetts - 1,889,000 barrels, New Jersey - 558,000 barrels, Wisconsin - 5,220,000 barrels, Oregon - 490,000 barrels, Washington – 163,000 barrels. One barrel is equivalent to 100 pounds of raw fruit.

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