A November Tradition—Pecan Pie

Delicious Pecan Pie Submitted by reader Corinne Johnston from Thomaston, Georgia Makes 1 pie | Cooking 25 mins. Ingredients 3 egg whites 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking powder 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 3/4 cup chopped pecans 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 pint whipping cream, whipped Instructions Beat egg whites until stiff, then add sugar...

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October Recipes

Banana Nut Bread Submitted by Bert Hammons Makes 1 loaf to serve 8 to 10 | Cooking 45 mins. Ingredients 3 medium bananas, mashed ½ cup pecan oil (reader recommends Kinloch Plantation Pecan Oil) 2 eggs 1 cup sugar 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ½...

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Letter to the Editor

Let’s put things into perspective. The president isn’t the problem with the pecan tariff; he’s trying to correct the problem, which has been running wild. China is a good customer until their trees begin to produce, which we’ll see in a few years. We have a lobbyist now who is doing the same thing that...

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Remembering Robert Beard Drinkard, a True Pecan Man

Robert Beard “Bobby” Drinkard Jr., 65, of Goshen, Alabama died Friday, June 29, 2018 in Birmingham, Alabama. Bobby graduated from Pike County High School in 1971 and was an employee of Whaley Pecan Company for 37 years. Remembering Bobby Drinkard, friend Greg Hamil said,  “You could always count on Bobby to tell you the truth with...

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June Recipes

Superfood Pecan Tacos From Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN with the American Pecan Council Ingredients 1 cup raw pecan halves or pieces (or lightly toasted) 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (or low sodium tamari) 1 teaspoon cumin 1 teaspoon oregano 1/2 teaspoon chili powder...

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Festive Recipes

Baked Brie with Pecans & Cranberry Orange Chutney From the American Pecan Council Total 24 minutes Ingredients 1/2 cup roasted pecan pieces (see recipe notes) 1 (13.4-ounce) round brie 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup maple syrup Zest and juice of 1 orange 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme 1 teaspoon freshly...

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Remembering a True Pecan Man

Richard Louis Haller of Fort Worth, Texas, aerospace engineer, pecan farmer and loving husband, father and friend, died September 14, 2017 of colon cancer. He was 87. Haller was born February 3, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas. He attended public schools in San Antonio, graduating from Edison High School, where he was on the basketball...

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Raymond Darrell Eikenbary

Raymond Darrell Eikenbary passed away on Sept. 9, 2017. He was born to Grover and Edna Allen Eikenbary on Nov. 2, 1929 in Quay, Oklahoma. He is survived by his special friend, Liz Konigmacher; his former wife, Dolores Guinn, (Harold Guinn); his children, Pam Guenther (Cris Bone), Darrell Eikenbary, Terry Shay, and Dale Eikenbary; his...

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Fourth of July Treats

The only indigenous nut to the United States, the pecan has had a long history in our great country. Native Americans were the first to cultivate and eat the pecan, and later, our founding fathers picked up on that tradition. Thomas Jefferson grew acres of pecan trees and inspired George Washington to do the same. Here...

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Texas’ War Against Feral Hogs Heats Up

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller will be announcing approval of a major new weapon in the ongoing war against feral hogs in Texas. Commissioner Miller has approved a rule change in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) that classifies a new warfarin-based product as a state-limited-use pesticide for control of feral hogs. State-limited-use pesticides...

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No-Bake Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies

Total 2 hours and 15 minutes | Makes 20 large cookies Ingredients 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1/2 cup corn syrup 1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups chopped pecans 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut Instructions In a medium sized bowl, combine coconut and pecans;...

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Pecan Sandies

Prep 10 minutes | Cook 20-25 minutes | Makes 5 dozen Ingredients 2 cups butter, softened 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons water 4 teaspoons vanilla extract 4 cups all-purpose our 2 cups chopped pecans Additional confectioners’ sugar Instructions Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add water and...

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USDA Implements Certificate Requirement for Organic Products from Mexico

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Mexico’s National Service for Animal and Plant Health, Food Safety and Quality (SENASICA) are committed to increasing transparency and strengthening monitoring and enforcement controls for organic products traded between the two countries. One important mechanism for achieving this goal is the use of import certificates....

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Harvest Progressing as Prices Strengthen

Although harvest in the West got a relatively late start, pecan growers were actively gathering their crop in December after cold weather finally descended on western production regions. Prices were surging upwards partially as a result of the late availability and partially because other areas of the country have seen lower-than-expected quality and quantity, resulting...

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Advancing DNA Fingerprint System in Pecan

ARDMORE, Okla. — Six national institutions have become the first multistate and multidisciplinary study to receive funding specifically to work on pecans. Researchers at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, New Mexico State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), University of Georgia, University of Arizona and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, recently...

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USDA Estimates 2016 U.S.Pecan Crop at 263 Million

USDA released its 2016 pecan crop estimate (see next page) on Oct. 12 with the following statement. “Production is forecast at 263 million pounds (utilized, in-shell basis), up 3 percent from 2015. Improved varieties are expected to produce 239 million pounds or 91 percent of the total. The native and seedling varieties are expected to...

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Schmeiser announces new Mid Row Ripper

SELMA, Calif. – T.G. Schmeiser Co. Inc. announced the Schmeiser Vibrosoiler Mid Row Ripper. Since its initial launch by Ag Soil Works, the Mid Row Ripper has shown impressive results and acceptance for use in both vineyard and orchard applications. The resulting demand led John Crossland of Ag Soil Works to reach out to T.G....

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Flory unveils environmentally friendly harvester

Flory Industries, headquartered in the heart of the California Central Valley, has just released the newest model of their self-propelled nut harvesters: the Flory 8700. The Flory 8700 combines a host of improvements over models released even a decade ago, from computerized in-cab controls to extra-thick safety glass windows. What sets the 8700 apart, however,...

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Strengthening El Nino Could Mean Elevated Rainfall Through May

COLLEGE STATION – A further strengthening of the current El Niño will likely mean wetter-than-normal conditions continue into spring, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station. “There’s the possibility that this El Niño, although it’s already pretty strong, is actually going to strengthen a bit...

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National Pecan Co. Buys Young Shelling Operation

FRISCO, Texas — Nov. 9, 2015 — National Pecan Company has announced the acquisition of Young Pecan Inc. – one of the leading pecan processors with the industry’s largest shelling capacity. The purchase, which includes Young Pecan’s premium brand and state-of-the-art production facilities, is another step toward vertical integration and overall growth for National Pecan....

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Update on International Tree Nut Council Health Research

The pecan industry contributes at least $50,000 annually to the International Tree Nut Council’s Nutrition Research and Education Foundation. These funds are provided by the National Pecan Shellers Association, Georgia Pecan Growers Association, Texas Pecan Growers Association and Western Pecan Growers Association, and have been for a number of years. The mission of INC NREF...

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Inspection Masters Appoints Savage as Exclusive Distributor

Inspection Masters LLC has announced that Savage Equipment Inc. has become the exclusive sales and marketing distributor for all I.M. pecan sorters throughout the U.S., Mexico and South Africa. The appointment is effective immediately. Inspection Masters LLC has been the leading supplier of optical sorting equipment for pecan growers for over 15 years. Savage Equipment...

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National Pecan Acquires Poulan Pecan Company

FRISCO, Texas — National Pecan announced on Aug. 4 the acquisition of Poulan Pecan Company of Poulan, Georgia. The purchase, which includes the Poulan Pecan Company processing facility and brand, is the first of its kind for National Pecan and is a major milestone toward the company’s vertical integration goals. “At National Pecan, we feel...

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Nutrition trends 2015: Nuts in Top Two Superfoods

NEW YORK, Dec. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Will 2015 be gluten-free? Is Paleo out? Are we eating carbs yet? Is kale still the Queen of Greens or will nuts, seeds or cauliflower take the throne? The annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian highlights what’s forecasted to be in – and...

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New study shows nut consumers have better diet quality

A new study, published in mid-January in the open access journal Nutrients, compares the nutrient adequacy and diet quality of those who consume tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts), and non-tree nut consumers in a nationally representative population. Tree nut consumption was associated with better nutrient adequacy...

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Georgia congressman advocates with India for reduced pecan tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, advocated for Georgia’s pecan industry during a brief meeting with India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, in New York City on Sunday. After a private conversation, he gave Prime Minister Modi...

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Pineapple Spinach Salad

Ingredients: For the Dressing 2 cloves garlic, minced 1/3 cup olive oil 1/3 cup white wine vinegar 1 tablespoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt Pepper to taste 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard (optional) For the Pecans 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup pecan halves 2 tablespoons brown sugar For the Salad 10-13 ounces spinach 1 pineapple,...

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CHOCOLATE CHIP PECAN PIE BARS

Ingredients: CRUST 1 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup brown sugar 3/4 cup butter, softened FILLING 3/4 cup light corn syrup 1 cup sugar 3 eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla 4 T. butter, melted 2 cups pecans, chopped 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line...

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Texas to proceed with water lawsuit against New Mexico

Editor’s note: this news release is compiled from Associated Press and Las Cruces Sun Times reporting.       The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in late January that Texas can proceed with its lawsuit against New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande. Texas contends that groundwater pumping near the Texas-New Mexico border has resulted in Texas...

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Teaching the world to eat pecans

Editor’s note: this article was posted on USDA’s “Blog” on Dec. 18, 2013, by Kent Politsch, Chief, Foreign Ag Service Public Affairs. The pecan industry has also been utilizing MAP (Market Access Program) funding for the past three years to develop export markets. The 2014 MAP allocation, along with significant contributions from growers and shellers,...

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Consumption of tree nuts inversely associated with risk of pancreatic cancer in women

In a large prospective study published online in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers looked at the association between nut consumption and risk of pancreatic cancer among 75,680 women in the Nurses’ Health Study, with no previous history of cancer. Consumption of nuts, including tree nuts (such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and...

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Cherry Pecan Monkey Bread

Cherry Pecan Monkey Bread Ingredients: 1 cup pecan halves Marachino Cherries 4 cans (10-count) refrigerated biscuits 1 1/2 sticks butter 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons cinnamon Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a 9- or 10-inch tube pan. Mix granulated sugar and cinnamon in a...

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BASF Offers Savings on Headline Fungicide

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, April 21, 2011 – Growers who use Headline® fungicide may qualify to save $50 per gallon on purchases through BASF authorized retailers made by Aug. 15. “Headline fungicide is a smart, strategic investment for growers, and the Headline Advantage offer means it pays even more to plan ahead,” said Jason Ward,...

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OPGA Announces Agenda for Upcoming Annual Convention

The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association will host its 81st annual convention, June 26-28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Registration and trade show set up takes place on June 26 with the educational program set for June 27.  The conference shifts to the Frances Aldredge orchard for an orchard tour and program on June...

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Loma Linda University Shows Antioxidants in Pecans May Contribute to Heart Health & Disease Prevention

Loma Linda, California – A new research study from Loma Linda University (LLU) demonstrates that naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention; the results are published in the January 2011 issue of The Journal of Nutrition. Pecans contain different forms of the antioxidant vitamin E — known as tocopherols, plus...

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WPGA Set for March 6-8; Registration Underway

The Western Pecan Growers Association will host its 45th annual conference and trade show, March 6-8, 2011, at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Registration is currently underway and hotel accommodations can be booked by calling the Encanto at 575-522-4300 or 866-383-0443. The WPGA group rate is $94. For a complete packet of information...

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Southeastern PGA To Meet Feb. 25-26 in Biloxi

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2011 7 a.m.              Registration – Registration Desk 7 a.m.              Exhibits Open 8:30 a.m.        Convention Call to Order and Welcome 8:40 a.m.       “The Map Funding Initiative and Other Industry Developments” – Hilton Segler 9 a.m.             “Promotional Efforts and Research Support by the National...

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Pecan Industry Loses Georgia’s Bud Lucke

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Marion Wilkerson “Bud” Luckey Jr. passed away Dec. 6, 2010 at University Hospital in Augusta. He was born Feb. 13, 1944. Bud Luckey was well known throughout the pecan industry. He began working in the pecan industry as a teenager at Tracy-Luckey Co. of Harlem, Georgia. During his career as a “pecan...

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King Ranch Acquires Southwest Nut

King Ranch Inc. announced on Oct. 6 that it has acquired the name and substantially all of the assets of Southwest Nut Co. The newly acquired assets include a pecan processing and shelling plant and related equipment in Fabens, Texas and substantially all of the equipment in a second plant located in Juarez, Mexico. Robert...

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Pecans Provide Neurological Protection

Lowell, MA – Eating about a handful of pecans each day may play a role in protecting the nervous system, according to a new animal study published in the current issue of Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research. The study, conducted at the Center for Cellular Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, suggests adding pecans to your...

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One-Bite Caramelized Pecans Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Serves 10 Ingredients: 100 large (about 6 oz. or 2 cups) pecan halves 2 Tbsp butter 1/4 cup honey 1/4 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 tsp cayenne 1/8 tsp garam masala (or you can try curry powder or cumin) 1/2 cup sour cream (about 2 oz.) 1 cup crumbled blue cheese (about...

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TriState Pecan Convention & Trade Show

Program Thursday, June 17  8 a.m.-5 p.m.            Exhibitors set-up 11 a.m.            Board of Directors Meeting for Each Association 1 p.m.            Registration 2 p.m.            Welcome 2:10 p.m.            Invocation 2:15-2:45 p.m.            “Studies in Controlling Pecan Phylloxera, With Observations On Biology and Emergence – Dr. Mike Hall,LSU Pecan Research Station 2:45-3:15 p.m.            “Insect Transmission of the Pecan Leaf...

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Dupont Crop Protection Launches Tank Mix App For iPhone

DuPont Crop Protection recently announced an innovative application to help customers—a “TankMix App,” created for iPhone and iTouch users. The DuPont Information Technology’s (IT) Innovation Office, under the leadership of John Puckett, director, IT innovation, sponsored the project. The TankMix App provides basic math calculations for the amount of product and water needed per tank...

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Growers Who Plan Can Save On Headline Purchase From Basf

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC, February 17, 201—Growers using Headline® fungicide may be eligible to receive $75 per gallon back on purchases from authorized BASF retailers made by May 15, 2010. “Growers always want to get the most out of every acre,” said Reed Barrett, Market Manager for BASF. “In these economic times, it’s also important to...

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Dip Into A Healthy Holiday With Holly Jolly Biscotti

Texas Oncology has developed a tasty and simple holiday recipe for Holly Jolly Biscotti, which showcases the peak-season flavors of Texas citrus and pecans. Packed with healthy ingredients, this Italian-inspired, twice-baked cookie is a delicious and nutritious way to promote a good-for-you diet throughout the holidays not just for yourself, but everyone on your gift...

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Hazelnuts Recalled Due To Salmonella; No Illness Reported

NEWBURG, Ore., Dec. 18 (UPI)—Willamette Filbert Growers of Newberg, Oregon, has recalled nearly 30,000 pounds of shelled hazelnuts because of a risk of salmonella, federal officials said. Salmonella was found in a production lot at the facility where the nuts were shelled, the U.S Food and Drug Administration said in a release Friday. No illnesses...

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