Sen. Ossoff meets with India’s Ambassador to the U.S., raises objection to high pecan tariffs

keno 2022

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff met with India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu. Meeting via video conference, Sen. Ossoff and Amb. Sandhu discussed opportunities to strengthen U.S.-India relations and issues of concern to the Indian diaspora in Georgia. Responding to the needs of Georgia farmers, Sen. Ossoff also raised objections…

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USDA Announces Texas Joins Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program

keno 2022

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with Texas under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Utilizing LFPA funding, Texas will create a program that will foster in-state, long-term relationships and build sustainable market opportunities for state producers. “USDA is excited…

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Agricultural Export Programs Offer Excellent Returns, Deserve Continued Funding

keno 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports welcomes the results of a recent econometric study indicating that public-private U.S. agricultural export market development programs remain highly effective and generate a substantial return on investment. In letters sent April 27, 2022, members of the Coalition and additional organizations asked U.S. House and Senate…

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A New Hybrid Fungicide for Soybean, Rice and Pecan Disease Control

keno 2022

Durham, North Carolina—Summit Agro USA announces the introduction of Regev HBX hybrid fungicide. This unique formulation brings new disease fighting power to growers of soybeans, rice, and pecans. “We recognized gaps in the performance of existing fungicides in these three crops, which led us to create this specially formulated hybrid product,” said Dr. Eric Tedford,…

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USDA to provide Approximately $6 Billion to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by 2020, 2021 natural disasters

keno 2022

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For…

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Celebrate National Pecan Day with a Magazine Nutty for Pecans

keno 2022
Pieces of Pecan's 2022 edition features unidentified hands holding a handful of inshell pecans toward the camera. At the top of the cover is the Pieces of Pecan logo.

Today, on National Pecan Day, we celebrate the only major tree nut native to America. In honor of pecans, the American pecan industry’s official trade magazine, Pecan South, is publishing a free consumer magazine all about pecans. Anyone can access this nutty magazine, called Pieces of Pecan, online at Pecan South’s website. “This National Pecan Day,…

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APC Grower and Sheller nominations open for 2022-2026 term

keno 2022

The American Pecan Council grower and sheller nominations for the 2022-2026 term seats officially opened on Feb. 16. With the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the APC is actively seeking nominations for Council members and alternates for seats whose terms are ending in 2022. The current seats open for elections are based on majority vote. Nominees…

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Ag Secretary addressed U.S. producers’ concerns on trade with China

keno 2022

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday addressed U.S. producers’ concerns that China is continuing to fall short on its commitments to purchase U.S. agricultural goods. “We obviously have some unfinished businesses with reference to phase one, and we continue to press China to increase their purchases,” Vilsack testified during a House Agriculture Committee hearing,…

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U.S. Senate Finance Committee encourages U.S. Trade Representative to more aggressively enforce USMCA

keno 2022

Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Ranking Member Mike Crapo (R-ID) of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee sent a letter to USTR Ambassador Tai to encourage more aggressive enforcement of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In the letter, Senators Wyden and Crapo write, “The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (“USMCA” or the “Agreement”) has the potential to deliver…

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U.S. Trade Ambassador responds to House regarding India’s pecan tariffs

keno 2022

Ambassador Katherine Tai, the U.S. Trade Representative, responded in late December to the U.S. House Ag Appropriations Chairman Stanford Bishop regarding the tariff on U.S. pecan exports to India. In her letter, Ambassador Tai acknowledges that “the Indian market has significant potential for U.S. pecans.” “In my discussions with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry…

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FDA Takes Steps to Facilitate the Export of Food Under China’s New Facility Registration Requirements

keno 2022

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provided a constituent update on Dec. 6, 2021, about China’s new facility registration requirements. Within the update, FDA asks “establishments currently exporting certain food products to China to voluntarily submit information.” According to the update, China has yet to confirm that collecting this information is a prerequisite for goods…

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AMS opens comment period for lower APC assessments

keno 2022

U.S. Federal Register published on Dec. 6, 2021, a proposed rule from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service that “would implement a recommendation from the American Pecan Council to decrease the assessment rate established for the 2021-22 and subsequent fiscal years.” This proposed assessment rate remains in effect unless modified, suspended, or terminated. This proposed rule…

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USDA FAS Releases MAP and FMD for FY22

keno 2022

Under the Market Access Program, USDA Foreign Agricultural Service will provide $175.6 million for fiscal year 2022 to 67 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. Under the Foreign Market Development Program, FAS will allocate $26.8 million for fiscal year 2022 to 21 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. USDA has published the list of organizations that…

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USDA announces over $243 million in grants awarded to strengthen the Specialty Crop Industry

keno 2022

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 28 an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops through two USDA programs—the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program. USDA is investing $169.9 million through the…

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Congress passes Continuing Resolution with funds for ag disaster relief

keno 2022

Today, the U.S. Senate and House passed the Continuing Resolution (CR), which includes $10 billion for ag disaster relief for losses in 2020 and 2021. The ag disaster relief section includes many of the provisions written by Chairman Scott and Ranking Member Thompson that were included in the disaster legislation (HR 267) unanimously approved out…

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APC lowers assessments in anticipation of APPB’s first crop year

keno 2022

The American Pecan Council announced at its Sept. 22 meeting that the Council and the American Pecan Promotion Board began negotiating the details of a possible management contract for the staff and office of the APC to run the APPB organization. During this meeting, the APC also lowered its assessment as discussed and approved in…

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South Georgia Pecan Co. agrees to process FICO pecans

keno 2022

SAHUARITA, Ariz.—Farmers Investment Co (FICO) and South Georgia Pecan Company announced on Sept. 9, 2021, that they have entered into an agreement for FICO to sell its inshell pecans to South Georgia Pecan for processing. This agreement comes after FICO announced it is closing its pecan processing operations effective December 31, 2021. Read more here.

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American Pecan Promotion Board members appointed by USDA

keno 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 31 announced 17 appointees as members of the new American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB). The newly appointed members will serve two, three, and four-year terms. Ten producers and seven importers make up the 17-member board. The 10 producer members will be allocated between three regions within the United States as…

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Pecan growers vote to continue FMO in 2021 referendum

keno 2022

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Aug. 31 that eligible pecan growers voted to uphold the Federal Marketing Order (FMO) in the referendum. Because of this decision, the American Pecan Council will continue to be authorized by the FMO to regulate the handling of pecans, build consumer demand, and develop markets for the next…

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