Wisconsin tart cherry growers may vote by paper ballot or online for two representatives to the Wisconsin Cherry Board. Paper ballots will come by mail. Those who prefer may use the following links to vote electronically. Only one method will be counted. Electronic votes that duplicate paper ballots will be discounted. Ballots are due June 10.
Map of districts
Wisconsin cherry growers in April 2014 voted to create two districts for cherry board elections. View the map here
About the board
Established in 1984, this market order board has five members who represent 34 licensed cherry producers. Its purpose is promotion, new product development, research, and education.
The board is responsible for the management of an annual assessment that ranges from $20,000 to $30,000. The assessment rate is $10 per ton for processing and custom-packed cherries, and $3 per ton for juice cherries.
Wisconsin's cherry growers produced 12.3 million pounds in 2013, ranking the state fourth in the nation for tart cherry production. Michigan was the top grower of tart cherries in the country.
Cherry production in Wisconsin is concentrated mainly in Door County, which is located on the Door Peninsula that extends into Lake Michigan. Wisconsin's cherry growers' fruit had a value of $3.8 million in 2013.
The Wisconsin Cherry Board directors, each of whom serves a three-year term, are:
- Lee Petrina, Sturgeon Bay (President)
- Barry Peterson, Green Bay
- James Seaquist, Sister Bay
- Dan Krowas, Baileys Harbor
- Glen Musil, Sturgeon Bay
More information about the board is available by writing to the Wisconsin Cherry Board at PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911; phoning 608-224-5116 or faxing 608-224-5110.