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The Hazelnut Marketing Board (HMB) was established in 1949 by the growers and handlers of hazelnuts.  It is governed by the Federal Hazelnut Marketing Order §982 and funded by a per ton assessment to the handlers. The purpose of the HMB is fourfold. First it sets quality standards for the industry. All product going into a channel of trade must be inspected. In addition, all imported product must meet U.S. Standards. Second it is the source of hazelnut industry statistics for the U.S. Third it provides funding for promotion of hazelnuts through research, education and promotion programs. Fourth, it allows handlers to implement volume control when the board determines it is in the best interest of the industry.

Membership includes four handlers, five growers representing different geographic areas and one public member.  The Hazelnut Marketing Board is seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds in its committee make-up. Their intent is to keep the system democratic by having a vote on candidates that represent geographic areas and to let all growers and handlers have a chance to participate without regard to race, sex or physical ability.  All individuals interested in serving on the Hazelnut Marketing Board are  encouraged to apply – call (503) 678-6823.

Current Hazelnut Marketing Board Member


Larry George
George Packing
(503) 537-9606

Greg Thorsgard
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon
(503) 648-4176

Rick Peterson
Northwest Hazelnut
(503) 538-4122

Sean Denfeld
Denfeld Packing
(503) 329-1265


Jeff Koenig (Area 1)
(503) 678-5825

Zach Christensen (Area 2)
(503) 550-3576

Bill Bauer (Area 3)
(541) 688-3857

Kasey Kauer (Area 4)
(503) 437-0059

Becky Berger (Area 5)
(503) 209-5846

Public Members

Nik Wiman
(503) 678-1264

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