EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – The starting price per pound of hazelnuts is at its third-highest in history.
The Register-Guard reports (http://bit.ly/2cQuVP2) five packers and the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association agreed to set the price at $1.18 for this fall.
That’s less than the $1.22 minimum that was initially set last year.
The record was set in 2014 at $1.70 per pound.
Oregon Department of Agriculture data pegs the state as the country’s leading hazelnut producer.
Almost all the country’s hazelnut output comes from Oregon.
Eugene-area hazelnut grower Dwayne Bush says the harvest should be over in November.