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The Gold Standard

In pursuit of the Gold Standard of hazelnut quality, the production team carried out an extensive test of different roaster settings to determine which would provide the best flavor and texture.  More than 50 combinations were evaluated for factors such as roasting level, crunch, and overall flavor. From this taste test we have already adjusted our roaster to […]

Eastern Filbert Blight Control

With the wet spring weather and new shoot growth, the time for Eastern Filbert Blight control is upon us. Many growers have applied their initial sprays already and are preparing for additional sprays. The first application is typically a contact material such as Bravo or Ziram.  Growers then transition to systemic sprays like Cabrio or […]

Welcome to the Team: Greg Thorsgard, Chief Operating Officer/General Manager for HGO

We are pleased to announce that Greg Thorsgard has joined our team as the new Chief Operating Officer/General Manager for Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. In this position he assumes responsibility for management of all aspects of the business and realizing our mission of becoming the largest processor of value added-hazelnuts in North America.  Greg is […]

Wilco Co-op grows with the Expo

The 3,000 farmer-members own farm stores, bulk fuel operations, Valley Agronomics and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. By Geoff Parks | For the Capital Press Published on November 1, 2018 8:43AM Besides a longtime relationship based on business and a deep involvement in the agriculture industry, Wilco Farmers Co-op shares another particular trait with the Willamette […]

Wilco Co-op grows with the Expo

The 3,000 farmer-members own farm stores, bulk fuel operations, Valley Agronomics and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. By Geoff Parks | For the Capital Press Published on November 1, 2018 8:43AM Besides a longtime relationship based on business and a deep involvement in the agriculture industry, Wilco Farmers Co-op shares another particular trait with the Willamette […]

How Oregon Works: Why ‘Hands-off’ hazelnuts are booming in Oregon

Tom Aman, one of three Aman brothers who work the family hazelnut business, during a day of harvest at their Mount Angel orchard recently.CATHY CHENEY|©PORTLAND BUSINESS JOURNAL By Pete Danko – Staff Reporter, Portland Business Journal Oct 9, 2018, 2:52pm Hazelnuts are obviously a great fit for the Willamette Valley — thanks to the right […]

Hazelnut facility ready for upcoming harvest

Hazelnuts will be processed for the first time this year at the new facility built by Wilco-Hazelnut Growers of Oregon. Mateusz Perkowski Capital Press Published on August 15, 2018 9:12 AM A new processing facility built by the Hazelnut Growers of Oregon cooperative is ready for the next crop of hazelnuts when harvest begins next […]

Tim Ramsey, Wilco’s Next CEO

Wilco announces Tim Ramsey as the new CEO and President to lead the agricultural cooperative towards continued success. The transition takes place after Doug Hoffman retires from 23 years with the coop.  Ramsey joins Wilco later this year with a transition period in December to fully manage the company by January 1st. As a farmer […]

Tim Ramsey, Wilco’s Next CEO

Wilco announces Tim Ramsey as the new CEO and President to lead the agricultural cooperative towards continued success. The transition takes place after Doug Hoffman retires from 23 years with the coop.  Ramsey joins Wilco later this year with a transition period in December to fully manage the company by January 1st. As a farmer […]