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Higher cranberry prices pushing growth spurt for Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater say cranberries have a fiscal impact on the state of more than 388 million dollars, producing in excess of 38 hundred full-time jobs.

The cranberry impact on the Wisconsin economy is growing because prices have doubled over the last year. The Fiscal and Economics Research Center at the school examined major cranberry growing and processing operations in seven counties. Wisconsin leads the nation in cranberry production with an annual output of 46 percent of the total market.

As big as that sounds, researchers say their work shows the industry’s impact on the state is even greater than was believed.

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