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Turkey's Hazelnut Bonanza Drives Down Oregon Prices


Hazelnuts (or filberts to Oregonians) are harvested at Thistledown Farms in Eugene, Oregon.

Hazelnuts (or filberts to Oregonians) are harvested at Thistledown Farms in Eugene, Oregon.

Kelly Lyon/The Register-Guard

Oregon hazelnut growers will receive a starting minimum price of 96.5 cents a pound for their crop this fall, the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association announced Tuesday.

The price, agreed on with the help of a mediator by the association and area packers, was down considerably from last year’s starting price of $1.18 a pound.

“The price is lower than probably the growers were expecting,” said Doug Olsen, the association’s president. “But that is where the market came out, and it is a good place to start so we can move this crop.”

The initial minimum price is a starting point, and in some years, it moves up.

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