Frequently Asked Questions About
The Hazelnut Growers of Oregon
What is an Agricultural Cooperative?
Agricultural Cooperatives – From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
An agricultural cooperative, also known as a farmers’ co-op, is a cooperative where farmers pool their resources in certain areas of activity. Such cooperatives are generally Capper-Volstead Cooperatives enjoying statutory protection. There are two primary types of agricultural service cooperatives, supply cooperative and marketing cooperative. Supply cooperatives supply their members with inputs for agricultural production, including seeds, fertilizers, fuel, and machinery services. Marketing cooperatives are established by farmers to undertake transformation, packaging, distribution, and marketing of farm products (both crop and livestock). Farmers also widely rely on credit cooperatives as a source of financing for both working capital and investments.
Which type of agricultural cooperative is Hazelnut Growers of Oregon?
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is a Marketing cooperative providing to its grower/owners the ability to process, package, promote, and sell the grower/owners hazelnut crop each year.
Are there other hazelnut cooperatives operating in Oregon?
There are two hazelnut farmer cooperatives in Oregon. Both are Capper-Volstead Cooperatives and enjoy statutory protection. Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is the only hazelnut Marketing cooperative in Oregon and in the United States. The Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association is also a farmer cooperative whose sole function is to negotiate a field price for hazelnuts delivered to processors and marketers.
Can I become a member/owner of Hazelnut Growers of Oregon if I do not raise hazelnuts?
No. Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is 100 % Oregon hazelnut grower owned. Our owners supply the volume of hazelnuts that the Co-op depends on to satisfy the market each year. At this time, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is not accepting outside investment.
How do I purchase hazelnut products from Hazelnut Growers of Oregon?
Hazelnuts can be purchased from either our Industrial ingredient company, ““Westnut”:http://www.westnut.com” or in much smaller quantities from our grower store, ““Oregon Orchard”:http://www.oregonorchard.net.” There are links to both located at the top of this page.
I am a hazelnut grower here in Oregon, If I want to bring my hazelnut crop to Hazelnut growers of Oregon do I have to join the Cooperative?
No. You can deliver your crop to us without joining the Coop. We will pay you on a competitive cash basis within 45 days of your final crop delivery. You will participate in all of the benefits, i.e. premiums, eight day cleaning and drying schedule, free pick up, etc. with the exception of profit sharing.