Snapshots from Around the Industry 2023
Pecan growers gather at the NCPGA, SEPGA, and WPGA Conferences in February and early March.
NCPGA 2023 Annual Meeting
The North Carolina Pecan Growers held their 29th annual meeting on Feb. 18, 2023, in Greenville, North Carolina. Approximately 85 participants learned about low-input pecan production, farm succession, legislative issue, orchard establishment tips, and more. Speakers included Dr. Lenny Wells (UGA Pecan Specialist), Dr. Mike Parker (NCSU Horticulture), the American Pecan Council, Debbie Hamrick (NC Farm Bureau), and many others.
After a delicious lunch from Parker’s BBQ, participants traveled to a local orchard, Swift Creek Harvest, to learn about pruning, spacing, and more management techniques. NCPGA will make all presentations available on its website.
Growers Meet Up at the SEPGA 2023 Convention
The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association hosted its annual convention at The Lodge at Gulf Shores Park on Feb. 24 and 25 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. During the conference, growers from across the Southeast joined sponsors and vendors to network, attend meetings, and hear from pecan experts, scientists, and industry organizations.
WPGA Hosts Annual Conference
Pecan industry members gathered together in Las Cruces, New Mexico, for the Western Pecan Growers Association’s annual conference on March 5 through 7 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The event kicked off with a BBQ lunch Cookout and Corn Hole Tournament and featured the annual Food Fantasy Contest. Attendees visited with vendors in the Trade Show portion of the conference and also listened to various educational presentations, including talks on controlling pecan weevil, deep percolation and irrigation systems, marketing, and industry lobbying efforts.