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Cranberry farmers, agencies reach deal on permits

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin cranberry growers have reached a deal with state and federal authorities to speed up the permit process for expanding their marshes.

  The Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association announced the deal with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Tuesday.

  The association says it expects documents to be signed within days.

  Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. and other cranberry processors have been calling for farmers to grow more to meet worldwide demand for their fruit.

  Farmers have said they need to expand more quickly to do that.

  The new process allows them to file one permit application with both agencies. 

  It also sets up pre-application meetings so farmers can hear regulators concerns before they file their applications.

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