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Oregon grows 99 percent of the hazelnuts in America, but in recent years, local trees and farms have fallen victim to orchard-killing blights. Portland Monthly files this epic story on the fight to save the prized ingredient: "There are many more factors than the blight affecting the Willamette Valley's hazelnut tradition, from rising Chinese and Chilean production (possibly bad for local growers) to local climate change (possibly good). For while the life cycles of trees are long, so too, it turns out, is the road to their rescue." [Portland Monthly]

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