A New Year for American Pecans

The coming of the New Year marks a time for renewal and possibility. By now, most of you have finished or are wrapping up harvest operations, and thinking ahead to the growing season. Perhaps you’re planning to expand your orchards, are looking forward to seeing the first fruit from trees planted nearly a decade ago,...

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New York chef Matt Abdoo, of Pig Beach and Pig Bleecker, demonstrates Pecan, Butternut Squash and Provolone Arancini at The Not Pie Shop, a pop-up store celebrating “American Pecans, The Original Supernut,” Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in New York.

Breaking Out of the Pie Shell: Behind the Scenes of the American Pecans Consumer Brand Launch

The final week of National Pecan Month ended with a flurry of marketing and promotional activity as the pecan industry’s first-ever consumer-facing brand made its debut. Consumers coast to coast, along with our industry, have been introduced to American Pecans, The Original Supernut—a new brand identity and consumer education initiative created by the American Pecan...

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A Glimpse at Pecans in California

The team at Kern farm places great importance on soil health. After shredding up limbs from hedging, Felipe Ramirez, farm manager, leads the team in compacting those shredded limbs into the soil. This is one way orchard employees work to bring nutrients back to the soil. Ramirez also says this helps to keep the ground...

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Celebrating 75 Years & Growing

For more than 75 years, the National Pecan Shellers Association (NPSA) has been committed to its stated mission: to support and promote the interest of pecan shellers and the global industry to assure quality, safety, and integrity of pecan products worldwide. NPSA has played a critical role as a solutions provider for pecan shellers by implementing...

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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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New Pecan Tree Insurance has May 15 Deadline

Pecan growers now have a new risk management tool beginning with the 2018 crop year, which runs from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. AgriLogic Consulting of College Station, Texas completed the development of the program in conjunction with a number of state and regional pecan grower associations and by working with industry representatives...

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American Pecan Council Continues Set-Up Work

The American Pecan Council continues to deal with the details of implementing the new federal marketing order for pecans. In a conference call meeting on Jan. 20, Council treasurer G.L. Straley indicated that a bank account would be activated soon. The pecan industry will be notified as soon as possible when the Council is prepared...

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Pecan Scientists to Meet March 21-24 at Noble

Pecan scientists get together for a national meeting every few years and the 2017 gathering will take place March 21-24 at The Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Charles Rohla, the manager of Noble’s Center for Pecan and Specialty Agriculture, has announced that scientists wishing to make a presentation at the event need to submit a...

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Pecans Well Represented at Fresh Summit Show

The pecan industry was well-represented at the Oct. 14-16 Produce Marketing Association’s 67th Annual Fresh Summit Convention in Orlando, Florida. Two associations and four individual companies had booths to showcase pecans to buyers at the annual event, which attracted 20,889 attendees from 65 countries. Over 1,200 exhibitors participated. The exhibiting companies showcased new products, trends,...

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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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Brison Scholarship Recipient

The Texas Pecan Growers Association annually sponsors the Fred Brison Scholarship, given to a horticulture student at Texas A&M University. The 2016 recipient was named April 9 at a TAMU awards event. Recipient Victoria Soledad De Leon, center, is working on a bachelor’s degree in fruit and nut production. Also pictured is Dr. Dan Lineberger,...

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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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Inspection Masters Welcomes Veteran Marketing VP

January 4, 2016, Las Cruces, NM – Inspection Masters has announced that ag industry veteran Don Sieling has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Sieling lives in California and will manage the company’s growth in the California markets as well as oversee IM’s network of salespersons, OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and...

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USDA Suspends Important Fruit and Nut Report

On Jan. 7, this notice regarding the statistical report for noncitrus fruits and nuts was published by USDA: “The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will not publish the Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts Preliminary 2015 Summary scheduled for Jan. 21. We will publish the Annual Summary on July 6, 2016. This...

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Linwood Nursery Celebration

LINWOOD NURSERY CELEBRATES 100 YEARS — Linwood Nursery of LaGrange, California marked its first 100 years of service to the pecan industry with a Grower Appreciation Day on Oct. 16. Attendees were treated to breakfast, an educational program, lunch and tour. In top photo, Jason Hall, left, and Joel Hall were presented with resolutions from...

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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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Marketing Order Info Widely Shared at Industry Meets

A significant effort has been underway the past several weeks to disseminate information to the pecan industry regarding a potential federal marketing order for pecans. USDA representatives along with American Pecan Board members have made appearances on conference programs at the Southeastern Pecan Growers conference, the Western Pecan Growers conference and the National Pecan Shellers...

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An image of the cover of a book, titled "The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut," by James McWilliams.

New Book Focuses on Pecan History

A new book, “The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut”, is now available from The Olde Pecan Bookstore. This 172-page hardback is written by James McWilliams, a historian and writer from Austin, Texas. Cost is $20. In this book, McWilliams explores the history of America’s most important commercial nut. He describes how essential the...

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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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Pecan Newsletter Offers Harvest, Price Updates

Editor’s note: The Pecan Newsletter is a publication owned and published by Pecan South magazine. The report below was issued on Dec. 12. For information on subscribing to the weekly update, contact pecansouth@tpga.org. SOUTHEAST — The Southeast is on the downhill side of harvest with many growers having already finished harvest or planning on wrapping...

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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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OSU gets endowed pecan research position

Oklahoma pecan growers took a giant step forward to ensure future support for the industry they love. A total of 36 different individuals, farms or companies donated to create the endowed professorship. Donations were received from producers in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Contributions totaled $250,000 and were matched by a donation from T. Boone Pickens...

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Center for Pecan Innovation focuses on new food uses

The Georgia Agricultural Commodity Commission for Pecans (Georgia Pecan Commission) announced earlier this year the establishment of the Center for Pecan Innovation to find new uses for America’s Nut. “Our initial focus will be new food products made from pecans, which is one of the most nutritious tree nuts,” says John Robison, chairman of the...

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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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Cottage Food Law expands in Texas

Recent changes by the 83rd Texas Legislature to the Texas Cottage Food Law now make it permissible to sell nonperishable coated and uncoated nuts from one’s home. Sales must be face-to-face with the consumer and includes selling at some farmer’s markets, fairs, festivals and non-profit events. Online sales are prohibited as well as any other...

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Culinary Students Create World’s Largest Praline

More than 2,000 high school culinary students secured their place in the Guinness Book of World Records as they created the world’s largest praline with donations supplied by the Georgia Pecan Commission and U.S. Foods. The 531-pound confection was prepared to celebrate the Hospitality Education Foundation of Georgia’s (HEFG) 10th annual Career Expo, held on...

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New book features industry history, personalities

DeWayne McCasland of Goldthwaite, Texas, has just published a new book entitled “They Must Have Been Nuts: The Innovators, Speculators and Giant Personalities Who Created the Modern Pecan Industry.” The hardback is 146 pages of interesting reading with chapters covering “From the Beginning to the Present”, “Step-by-Step the Pecan Industry Moves Forward”, “Risk”, “Growers”, “Accumulators”,...

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Pecans enjoy more positive publicity

The November issue of Saveur magazine, featured Georgia pecans in a 7-page article called “Southern Belle: The pecan, the South’s favorite nut, adds buttery, earthy richness to all sorts of holiday foods.” Saveur is a food, wine and travel magazine that specializes in various world culinary cuisines. More than 1.5 million people read the magazine...

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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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Top Pecans in Texas – 2012

Winners of the Texas State Pecan Show were selected last July at the Texas Pecan Growers Association annual convention held in College Station. Approximately 21 county pecan shows were held across the state during the months of November and December 2012, some of which were multi-county events. The top 2 placing entries within each variety...

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New U.S. Pecan Council

On May 16, 2013, an historic event occurred for pecans. Up until that date, no group had been assembled that represented all segments of the U.S. pecan industry. On that date, the newly formed U.S. Pecan Council seated its first board of directors. This article is an account of its beginnings and future vision. In...

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Georgia Pecans on CBS and Pinterest

As Georgia Pecan Month and the harvest season approach, the Georgia Pecan Commission has been marketing Georgia Pecans on a national platform. The Commission conducted desk-side editorial meetings with editors of food and health magazines such as Fitness, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Women’s Health, Self, Weight Watcher’s and Ladies’ Home Journal. The Commission also coordinated Georgia-based...

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Georgia Pecan Commission launches summer projects

The Georgia Pecan Commission is turning the heat up this summer with media relations and a new website design. During Heart Awareness Month in February, registered dietitian Kim Beavers, host of Eating Well with Kim, discussed Georgia Pecans and the Commission on Augusta, Georgia, television station CBS 12 (WRDW). Beavers whipped up a Georgia Pecan...

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NASS suspends pecan estimates due to sequestration

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service announced on March 12 that it is suspending a number of statistical surveys and reports for the remainder of the fiscal year due to reduced funding caused by sequestration. Before deciding upon the program suspensions, NASS reviewed its survey programs against mission- and user-based criteria as well as the amount...

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USDA Crop Report 2012, shows size of pecan crop across the U.S. as well as the price per pound

USDA crop report reflects lower prices

USDA published its Preliminary Summary of the 2012 pecan crop in late January, with estimated production dropping from 308.6 million pounds to 302.8 million. The only significant change was a 4 million pound drop in New Mexico’s estimate. The significant, but not surprising, information in the recent USDA report is the confirmation of lower prices paid to...

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Georgia Pecan Commission spreads pecan message

The Georgia Pecan Commission continues to promote Georgia pecans to consumers in both traditional media and social media. Promotions include a New York City media tour that featured desk-side meetings with editors of popular consumer magazines, a Facebook contest and an editorial push in November during Georgia Pecan Month highlighting the health benefits of pecans...

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Carry-in stocks total 123 million

USDA’s end-of-September Cold Storage report puts pecan stocks at 123 million pounds, in-shell basis. This Sept. 30 number is utilized by the pecan industry as the “carry in” for the current season. The 123 million compares to 151 million at the end of August 2012. At the end of September last year, the cold storage...

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NPSA launches Facebook page

The National Pecan Shellers Association has recently launched a Facebook page. Visit the page at www.Facebook.com/ILovePecans . “Like” the page to get regular updates and tips for using pecans. Also recently, NPSA hosted a nationwide media tour to promote the nutritional benefits of pecans for men. Nationally syndicated morning TV show, The Daily Buzz, highlighted...

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Georgia Pecan Commission introduces AntioxiNUT campaign

The Georgia Pecan Commission has launched health-focused promotion and education programs to support Georgia’s 2011 fall pecan harvest. The Commission has recently initiated a new campaign to educate consumers about the high content of antioxidants in pecans. “The goal is to motivate consumers about the positive health benefits and the high Georgia Pecan Commission introduces...

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U.S. Pecans Makes Splash at China Ice Cream Show

A team from U.S. Pecans traveled to China at the end of October to continue promotion of pecans in the Chinese market, particularly in the ice cream, baking and ingredients industries. James Ditmore from New Mexico, Blair Krebs from Texas, Dan Zedan from Illinois, Glenn Honaker from Texas and Odie Dollins from Texas all participated...

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Texas Pecan Board Sponsoring Holiday Recipe Contest

For the second consecutive year, the Texas Pecan Board is sponsoring Texas Co-Op Power magazine’s annual holiday recipe contest. Winners will receive $5,000 in total prizes and their recipes will be published in the December 2011 issue of that publication. This year’s competition invited entries in two different categories — savory and sweet, with the grand prize...

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Cold Storage Pecans Total 235 Million Pounds

USDA’s end of February report indicates that cold storage holdings of pecans grew during February from 224 to 235 million pounds, in-shell basis. That makes the end of February number this year (235 million) just slightly below the end-of-February total in 2009 (239 million). When broken down into shelled and in-shell categories, there were approximately...

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Pecan Exports: Is The Chinese Market Sustainable?

Pecan exports to China doubled in 2009 compared to 2008 and have increased about 860 percent since 2006 (see Fig. 1). Prices for improved varieties increased this past, high-production season. Price improvement during a high production year is very rare due to the counter cyclical nature of production and prices (see Fig. 2). The price...

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NPSA Requests Support For Marketing, Promotion And Research Program

NPSA requests support for Marketing, Promotion and Research Program ATLANTA – The National Pecan Shellers Association’s Marketing, Promotion and Research Committee thanks the 65 pecan growers (companies, individuals and state/regional associations) who contributed more than $165,000 last year to the industry’s only national program designed to expand the market for pecans. The Marketing, Promotion and...

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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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