Initial hazelnut price pegged at third-highest ever

Almost all the country's hazelnut output comes from Oregon

Joe Parsons, chef at  Columbia Empire Farms in Sherwood, Ore., holds out Hazelnuts at the farm on April 27, 2005.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Joe Parsons, chef at Columbia Empire Farms in Sherwood, Ore., holds out Hazelnuts at the farm on April 27, 2005. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

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.

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