Cranberry growers vote to put more cash from harvests into research, education

MILWAUKEE (WITI) -- Wisconsin's cranberry growers have voted to put more of their cash from harvests into research and education.

Growers now put 10 cents per barrel of cranberries into the Check-Off Program -- part of the Wisconsin Cranberry Marketing Board.

The growers voted in a referendum to let the board increase that assessment to 15 cents per barrel for five years and up to a maximum of 20 cents beginning in 2017.

The concept must still be ratified by the state Legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker before it can take effect.