Pecans Grown in Multiple States; Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection

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In a notice to the U.S. Federal Register on Nov. 18, 2022, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service announces its intention to request “an extension for and revision to a currently approved information collection for Pecans Grown in the States of Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma,…

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Opportunity for Public Comment on the Inflation Reduction Act

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On Aug. 12, 2022, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) into law. It provides investment and opportunity for the agricultural communities USDA serves. The IRA provides additional funding levels for several programs which the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) currently implements. Increased funding levels will begin in fiscal year 2023 and build over…

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Remembering Billy Jim Pollard of Texas Pecan Nursery

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With a heavy heart and deep condolences, Pecan South announces the passing of Billy Jim Pollard, the president of Texas Pecan Nursery, Inc. He passed on Oct. 12, 2022. Read more about Mr. Pollard’s life in his obituary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Methodist Church…

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FDA Releases a Proposed Update to Define “Healthy”

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Sept. 28, 2022, that it is updating the definition for the content claim “healthy” on food packages to be more consistent with current nutrition science and Federal dietary guidelines. According to industry representatives, the updated version is very positive for nuts. However, FDA is seeking comments on…

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Texas Pecan Board Schedules Election for 3 At-Large Members

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Bryan, Texas—The Texas Pecan Board will hold elections Oct. 28, 2022, to elect three board members in adherence to Chapter 41 of the Texas Agriculture Code. The Board was established in 1998 after pecan growers throughout Texas voted into effect a pecan assessment of $0.005 per pound to provide funds for promotion, education, and research….

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Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture Hosts First Research Workshop

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On Aug. 1 and 2, the Texas A&M AgriLife Institute for Advancing Health Through Agriculture, IHA, held its first workshop to engage stakeholders from the food-agriculture value chain. The workshop enabled production agriculture groups to further understand priorities, gaps, and opportunities in precision nutrition, responsive agriculture, and social and behavioral research. Bringing together more than 50…

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USDA to Issue First Pecan Forecast for 2022 Crop

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ATHENS, GA – During the last week of September, pecan growers will receive a survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Information from this survey will be used to forecast pecan production for 2022. This year producers will have the option to respond securely online via a Respondent Portal. Read…

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In Memory of Donald Paul Mayo, owner of OMC

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A photo of an older white man with white hair and a white goatee.

Pecan South remembers Donald “Don” Paul Mayo, owner of Orchard Machinery Corporation. Don, 78, of Live Oak, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Aug. 26, 2022. Don was born Feb. 16, 1944, in El Cajon, California, to Herb and Irene Mayo. Don was living a full life—traveling and enjoying business, family, and his…

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USTR Rep. Tai responds to letter about India’s pecan tariffs

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U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Katherine Tai on Aug. 16 responded to Senator Raphael Warnock’s letter on India’s tariffs on American pecans. In the letter, Ambassador Tai acknowledged the “economic importance of the Indian market to U.S. pecan growers and the challenges posed by these tariffs.” “As I prepare to chair a Trade Policy Forum Ministerial…

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USDA AMS adds additional documents to proposed revised U.S. Grade Standards

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The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service added three additional grading documents to the proposed revised U.S. Standards for Grades of Pecans in the Shell and Shelled Pecans on the U.S. Federal Register. Industry members are encouraged to review the new documents. Pecan South will provide more information soon for the comment period on the proposed rule. Find and…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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