Category Archives: Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

Grower Spotlight: Tim Aman of Aman Brothers Farm

Aman Brothers walking in a hazelnut orchard

How long has your family owned your farm? Our farm, located in Mt Angel, was originally purchased by my grandparents Carolyn and Frank Aman almost 100 years ago, so our farm is going into the fifth generation and we are close to becoming a Century Farm. Please offer some details about your farming history and […]

Board Decides Against Signing the HGBA this Year

MT. ANGEL, Ore., July 20, 2020 – Wilco’s Hazelnut Advisory Committee and Board of Directors, all farmer-owners who represent the cooperative’s ~200 hazelnut farms, have agreed not to sign the recently modified Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association Agreement (HGBA). Only Wilco’s HGO WestNut subsidiary had signed the agreement in past years and 6.36% of the total […]

$772,052.01 Allocated to Farmer-Owners

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Allocates $772,052.01 as 199A/DPAD Deductions MT ANGEL, Ore., July 14, 2020 – Less than two months after announcing patronage payouts to their growers, Wilco, a farmer-owned cooperative, sends out an allocation notice to qualifying hazelnut farmer-owners for another $772,052.01 in 199A/DPAD IRS deductions. A written notice of allocation was mailed out […]

Harvest Hazelnut Casserole

This recipe is the winner of the Oregon Orchard May 2020 Hazelnut Recipe Contest, submitted by Debbie Luster. Ingredients: 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped 1 cup fresh cauliflower, sliced 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped 1 small carrot, peeled and finely grated 1/3 cup diced onion 1 cup (4 oz) grated cheddar cheese 1 cup chopped […]

Hazelnut Recipe Contest 2020

Wilco, Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, and Oregon Orchard are hosting a recipe competition! We’re asking you to get creative with our favorite Pacific Northwest nut – the hazelnut. The possibilities are endless Your recipe could be a favorite entrée with hazelnuts incorporated, traditional baked goods with a hazelnutty twist, or something completely innovative and new […]

Grower Spotlight: Jeff Cruickshank, Cruickshank Farms

How long has your family owned your farm? Our farm is a century farm; my great grandfather bought the original farm in 1908 and he raised cows, pigs and sheep. My grandfather continued the livestock tradition with a dairy. My father continued the dairy until government regulations forced him to sell the herd or upgrade […]

Grower Spotlight: Heesacker Farms

Steve Heesacker, Heesacker Farms in Forest Grove, OR How long has your family owned your farm? My dad started farming hazelnuts in 1960. My wife, Karla, and I purchased the business in 2003. We are second-generation hazelnut farmers. How long has your family-owned and operated the receiving station? Since 1994. I helped Dad build our […]

Introducing Janet Bingham

Our New HGO Marketplace Sales Receptionist If you’re wondering “Who’s that fun lady behind the counter with the big smile?” the next time you stop in to visit the HGO Marketplace Store, we are very pleased to announce that Janet Bingham is our new HGO Marketplace Sales Receptionist! Janet has been working for Wilco since […]

2019 Harvest Update

Payment Schedule

Thank you for choosing HGO as your marketing partner. Overall, 2019 was a successful harvest year. Many processes that were pain points at HGO last year were significantly improved this year; demonstrating the commitment of the HGO team to continuous improvement and to our growers. Sampling Process Our chain of custody procedure allowed us to […]

Winter Pruning

Ryan

Now that harvest is complete, attention is now focused on winter pruning. Pruning, while it is expensive, can be very beneficial to the health of your orchards. Most growers are cutting out deadwood, EFB infected trees, and pruning young trees to establish strong scaffolding. Cutting out dead wood is something that is done every year. […]