A wave of cashew farms and suppliers have shut down in recent months, and a growing number of workers are losing their jobs as demand for the nut’s oil declines.
The cashew industry is growing, but so is the number of job losses.
But as demand falls, some farmers are leaving the industry and finding themselves unemployed.
“I’m losing my job,” said Mike Crampton, who was in the plant at the time of the shutdown in December.
“I’m going to lose my job, too.
They’re not going to give me a job.”
Crampton is a small-time grower who’s trying to rebuild his business.
Cramptons father, Bob, ran the operation from 1978 until his death in 2012.
The family is still in the business.
“It’s been a really difficult year,” Cramton said.
“It’s not a bad situation.
It’s not going anywhere.”
More cashew farmers are finding themselves out of work, and the loss of their jobs could make it harder for many to get another job.
“People are going to have to look for work elsewhere,” said Bob Crampons brother, Doug.
Doug Cramtons family owns and operates Cramcramt Farms, which is one of the few remaining cashew producers in the state.
It has about 150 workers and has been operating for more than two decades.
Doug says his cashew operation is one that has been profitable for more the last decade.
The growers farm a variety of crops including peanuts, almonds and other nuts.
The cashew harvest is now expected to peak in late 2019.
Doug Cram is not sure when he might be able to resume his business, but he’s optimistic that the harvest will be good enough to make up for the job losses, especially for farmers who are still relying on seasonal workers.
“There’s a lot of people that are getting laid off and that’s probably going to be one of them,” Doug Clampton said.
Doug has been trying to find a way to survive the cashew drought.
He’s trying a new way of farming the nuts: the nuts are grown on a different acreage than the cashews.
Doug is hoping that his cashews are able to compete with the larger cashew growers that are expanding their operations.
But that’s not easy.
Doug said he’s been forced to cut back on cashew purchases, but there are still cashew suppliers who have been able to keep their business.
“They’re still here,” Doug said.
“They’re going to keep on making money.
It doesn’t matter what happens,” said Gary Crammons, a retired cashew farmer.
Gary Cramms family owns Crams and Crammons, which has been in business since 1979.
He said that his family is able to survive through the casewild drought.
Gary said that he has been able, however, to keep his business afloat.
Gary said that the drought has made it tough to make ends meet.
“We’ve been losing a lot more money than we’ve made,” Gary said.
The state of Washington has issued a water conservation order for the state’s cashew fields.
The order requires farmers to pump enough water into the soil to prevent soil erosion and maintain a stable groundwater table.
The state says it will not be able a large amount of water from the aquifer that runs through the farms.
The drought has also hit cashew production in Oregon.
Crop farmers and the state have been trying for several years to negotiate a new water conservation plan.
The farmers have tried to negotiate with the state on a water-sharing arrangement.
But the farmers have found that they have to take on a greater share of the water than the state is willing to give.
“The water that’s flowing through this aquifer is not flowing out to the sea,” said Kevin Rieck, executive director of the Oregon Cashew Association.
“If we’re going on that water-share, then that’s going to hurt us.”
Some growers are also taking drastic measures to protect themselves.
Mike Cramer has been cutting down on cashews from his farm.
The farmer said that if he were to sell all of his casnuts to another farmer, that farmer would get his entire cashew crop.
But if he’s able to sell a part of his farm to another grower, he could save money.
“If I was to sell that part of the farm to a grower and that grower was able to pay me, I’d save money,” Mike said.
For now, Mike is looking for other ways to survive.
“Cashew nuts are going nowhere,” he said.