The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for their enhanced “Frost Watch and Irrigation” exhibit located in the Center’s Cranberry Museum. The exhibit features the special equipment necessary to protect Wisconsin’s cranberry crop from its natural enemy, frost, and information about how the irrigation systems used by growers work in unison to ensure productive growing seasons while at the same time using natural resources wisely.
Several special guests and distinguished ribbon cutters attended the ceremony, including Secretary Ben Brancel of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), State Conservationist Pat Murphy of the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), President of the Wisconsin State Cranberry Grower’s Association (WSCGA) Mike Moss and President of the Cranberry Museum, Inc. (CMI), Vicky Nemitz.
“This exhibit will help the Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center further its mission of educating visitors about Wisconsin’s number one fruit crop, the cranberry,” said WCDC Executive Director Barbara Hendricks. “It also highlights how cranberry growers in Wisconsin are leading the way in responsible resource management, showing the public how they work with state agencies and university researchers to ensure they’re using science-based best practices to produce cranberries in the most efficient, responsible way possible.”
Donations from several families and organizations made this exhibit possible. Robert, Vicki, Amy and Adam Nemitz in memory of Junior and Alice Nemitz, DATCP, NRCS, the Hatch family of Cranberry Creek Cranberry, Paul Roberts of Roberts Irrigation, WSCGA, Gary and Rhonda Jensen of Jensen Cranberry Bogs, Inc., Stuart, Faye and Kim Pedersen, the Tomah Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bob Williams and Jayne Sojka of Lady Bug IPM all made generous donations to help further educate WCDC visitors through the addition of this exhibit.