MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The board that oversees marketing of Wisconsin’s tart cherries could be squeezed.
Tart cherry growers have until Jan. 24 to decide whether to slice two members from the seven-member Wisconsin Cherry Board. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said Friday it will begin mailing ballots next week to eligible producers.
The 30-year-old board does industry promotion using assessments on producers.
As part of the referendum, all of the members would be elected at-large instead of the current structure where the state’s two cherry-growing districts get disproportionate membership.
For it to pass, at least half of eligible cherry growers must submit ballots with a majority of them in favor.
Wisconsin cherry growers produce more than 6 million pound annually, which is in the nation’s top 10.