By Associated Press • 

Oregon hazelnuts fetch high price

SALEM — Oregon hazelnut growers were pleasantly surprised when this year's crop fetched the second-highest minimum price ever.

The Capital Press reports that the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association says this season's initial minimum price was $1.22 a pound.

Last year's starting price was $1.70 a pound, which rose to $1.81 by the season's end. The record high prices were related to a disastrous freeze in Turkey, causing more candy, spread and snack makers to purchase Oregon nuts.

Turkey expects a good crop this year. Bargaining association President Doug Olsen said the 2014 prices were an anomaly and that this year's starting price is fair.

Oregon produces 5 percent of the world's supply of hazelnuts. The state is expected to grow about 39,000 tons of the nuts this year.

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