Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Climatically Adapted Hazelnuts 
Would Increase Growing Area

Oregon’s temperate Willamette Valley produces almost all of the U.S. hazelnut crop which was valued $89.3 million in 2011, a 32% increase over the previous year. This represents only about 3% of the world crop, however, so it’s easy to see the potential for American farmers if climatically adapted hazelnuts can be developed.

We believe the U.S. has the potential to become one of the world’s leading, sustainable hazelnut producers, which is why we’re working to develop disease-resistant hazelnuts that can survive greater fluctuations in temperatures than those in Oregon. Expanding the growing region will create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars, and would allow homeowners and gardeners to grow and enjoy tasty, high-quality hazelnuts as well.   
U.S. hazelnut production currently is limited to the
Willamette Valley in Oregon.

This is the potential growing area for hazelnuts if climatically
adapted hybrids are developed.

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