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With triple-digit temperatures expected June 26-28, Bernadine Strik, extension berry crops specialist for Oregon State University, said growers are racing to pick ripe fruit that could be damaged by the scorching hot weather.

As the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Jeff Merkley helped secure several provisions for both hazelnuts and organic agriculture. The spending bill passed out of the full Appropriations Committee on Sept. 19, and now heads to the Senate floor.