The newly-passed Disaster Relief Bill is headed to president Trump’s desk. As reported by KLCC, $11 million has been set aside for hazelnut farmers affected by storms in 2018 and 2019. Nearly all US hazelnuts are grown in Oregon, by 800 families on 80,000 acres across the Willamette Valley. Many were hit hard by heavy winter storms.
Garry Rodakowski: “We had 20 inches of snow in three days, and the destruction was severe.” Rodakowski runs a 60-acre hazelnut farm in Vida. He’s halfway done cleaning up after February snows damaged his trees.
The grower figures this season’s harvest will be almost half of normal. “So a lot of time, a lot of tractor work, fuel. Because I’m a sole proprietor I don’t hire anybody, so it’s been a pretty rough three months.”
However, Rodakowski added that until president Trump actually signs the Disaster Relief Bill, he’s not sure money is on the way.