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Oregon Hazelnut Growers To Receive 3rd Highest Starting Price Ever


Joe Parsons, chef at Columbia Empire Farms in Sherwood, Ore., holds out Hazelnuts at the farm on April 27, 2005. Oregon's hazelnuts are considered among the best in the world.

Joe Parsons, chef at Columbia Empire Farms in Sherwood, Ore., holds out Hazelnuts at the farm on April 27, 2005. Oregon's hazelnuts are considered among the best in the world.

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Northwest hazelnut growers will receive a minimum initial price of $1.18 a pound for their crop this fall, the third highest starting minimum price ever, the industry said Friday.

The agreement, reached Wednesday between the ­Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association and five packers, is down slightly from last year’s $1.22 initial minimum.

“It’s always nice to be higher, but the last 10-year average has been about $1 a pound,” said Eugene-area hazelnut grower Dwayne Bush. “We can still make money at that price, especially if the price moves up, which it has the last six or eight years or so.”

2014’s initial minimum of $1.70 a pound was the highest ever.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

 

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