Cranberry production has a long history in Massachusetts (MA) that adds important economic and aesthetic value to the region. About 30% of U.S. acreage and the two largest cranberry handler companies are located in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station Project MAS00999
Duration: October 2010 - August 2015
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE-SARE) Research and Education Grant Project LNE 12-316.
Duration: June 2012 - June 2016
Massachusetts Agricultural Experiment Station Project MAS00488
Duration: October 2015 - September 2019
Threats to the sustainability of cranberry production in MA and elsewhere in the U.S. come from many sources: consumer demands for sustainable but inexpensive products, commodity pricing in an industry that is currently over-supplied with juice concentrate, changes to industry fruit quality standards, rising costs for energy and pest management products, and changing standards in pesticide use to accommodate global marketing.