October 10, 2016

Politico: Warren highlights drought's toll on cranberry farmers

BUZZARDS BAY - Pulling on a pair of waders and stepping into a bog, Sen. Elizabeth Warren received a first-hand look at the plight of the state's cranberry farmers on Monday as Massachusetts reckons with an intense, months-long drought that shows no sign of relenting.

"Growers are worried about the harvest and if they're going to have enough water to harvest," said Keith Mann of Mann Farms, a 150-acre cranberry farm. The cranberry harvesting process requires the bogs to be flooded with water. That's a difficult feat after seven straight months of below-average rainfall and nearly the entire state under a drought warning, according to the Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

"There's a lot of things I can do on a federal level and I'm here to find out all the things I can do to be a good partner," Warren said. "I've already had multiple conversations with Secretary (Tom) Vilsack of the Department of Agriculture about where federal help is needed and I know the farmers also meet with the governor and others about the state level."


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