Texas Pecan Growers Conference 2018

The Texas Pecan Growers Association welcomed members and other attendees to its 97th annual conference and trade show in San Marcos, Texas from July 15 to 18. Gathering at the Embassy Resort and Suites, guests kicked off the conference with a welcome reception and raffle, during which they visited with exhibitors and vendors. For next...

Read more

ArkLaMiss TriState Pecanference 2018

Growers from Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana met for their joint annual meeting in Raymond, Mississippi at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center on June 21-22. They were joined by other growers from across the Pecan Belt to network, meet with vendors and learn a bit more about growing pecans. The conference kicked off with a tour...

Read more

NPGA Hosts Annual Educational Workshop

On Feb. 17, 120 enthusiastic North Carolina pecan growers assembled at the Duplin County Agri Center in Kenansville, North Carolina for the 24th Annual North Carolina Pecan Grower’s Association Educational Workshop. There, all in attendance enjoyed a full day of educational. Many interesting and timely topics engaged all present. Timely pecan topics such as: Five...

Read more

The Annual Conference Whirlwind Continues

This February and March industry members from New Mexico to Alabama gathered at three different conferences to hear from pecan experts, network with each other, and celebrate the pecan industry. With more conferences set to come, Pecan South presents updates from the conferences for the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association, Western Pecan Growers Association and National...

Read more

NPSA Hosts Fall Meeting & Plans for the Future

The National Pecan Shellers Association was Navigating the Winds of Change at their annual meeting in Portland, Maine at the beginning of September. The meeting covered a number of pecan industry issues. Topics included updates on legislative matters, promotion and research, health studies, other tree nuts, exports and the American Pecan Council. The NPSA business...

Read more
OPGA attendees sit in trailers in the middle of a pecan orchard.

OPGA Conference Breakdown

The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association packed much more than pecan production updates into its one-day educational program June 2 in Ardmore. Weather outlooks, farm transition/succession planning, and pecan tree and revenue insurance programs were spotlighted as well as some typical pest management and production topics. Al Sutherland presented an optimistic the weather outlook for the...

Read more

TPGA Announces Conference Line-up

The Texas Pecan Growers Association has released the educational programming line-up for its 96th Annual Conference and Trade Show, July 9-12, at the Embassy Suites and Conference Center in Frisco, Texas. In addition to pecan production and research presentations by leading pecan scientists from throughout the U.S., TPGA has the privilege of hosting the rollout...

Read more

Scenes from Georgia

ATTENDING GEORGIA PECAN GROWERS CONFERENCE IN MARCH—This contingent of growers from northern Coahuila, Mexico, were on hand for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association annual conference in Tifton, Georgia on March 29 and especially pleased to be mentioned in Pecan South. From left: Julio Valdez, Margil Fernandez, Rodolfo Chavarria, Romulo Garza, Andres Bergen Wiebe, Benjamin Ortiz,...

Read more

Georgia Conference Draws Big Crowd in Tifton

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association packed a big crowd into a new conference venue in March. GPGA’s annual conference took place March 29 at the University of Georgia Conference Center in Tifton. Richard Heerema of New Mexico State opened the educational program with new information on zinc management, with a key point being “we are...

Read more

SEPGA Features Launch Of New Web Tool, New Cultivars

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association congregated in Destin, Florida at the end of February for its 2009 annual meeting. Growers came to learn from the seminars as well as talk to other growers about this year’s crop expectations and the economy. The meeting covered a number of topics including pest and disease management, newly released...

Read more

SEPGA Gathers for Annual Conference in Biloxi

  Sunlight and clear skies have a significant impact on pecan production. At the recent Southeastern Pecan Growers conference in Biloxi, the University of Georgia’s Lenny Wells explained that the 70-80 percent clear skies enjoyed by growers in the western U.S. and in Australia paves the way for different management approaches versus the typical 60...

Read more

SEPGA Conference Sign-Up Underway

Information is available and registration for the Southeastern Pecan Growers Conference Feb. 24-25 in Biloxi is underway at the association’s website. The event will take place at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi. For more information visit the website or contact SEPGA Executive Secretary Vicki Jenkins, 662-902-1637.

Read more

SEPGA, WPGA Offering Online Registration Now

Two regional pecan organizations will be hosting their annual conferences soon and registration is currently underway. The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association will meet Feb. 24-25 at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi, and the Western Pecan Growers Association will convene March 5-7 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. To register, visit the online sites for...

Read more

NPSA Annual Meeting Provides Timely Industry Updates

When the National Pecan Shellers Association met for its annual meeting in September, topics requiring immediate responses and compliance within the industry were featured on the program — including Food Safety Modernization Act compliance and implementation of the newly enacted federal marketing order. NPSA’s legal counsel, Dick Wood of the Wood Burditt Group in Chicago,...

Read more

TPGA Tour Recap

In addition to pecan production, Swift River Pecan east of San Marcos, TX, processes huge trees and logs into lumber suitable for furniture and other uses. The Texas Pecan Growers conference attendees had the opportunity to tour the operation during the July annual meeting. Troy Swift has two large kilns and a number of large...

Read more

TPGA Presents Diverse Program to Large Crowd

Approximately 600 people gathered in San Marcos, Texas, for the annual conference hosted by the Texas Pecan Growers Association. Opportunities abounded for interaction with vendors from throughout the country, education for novice and experienced growers, and valuable information exchange among fellow producers. The popular Embassy Suites venue with hotel and conference center under one roof...

Read more

OPGA Program Packed with Information

The Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association packed plenty of information into a one-day program during its annual conference in Tulsa on June 3. The field day on June 4 at Mike Spradling’s Flying G Ranch was somewhat disrupted by heavy rain at the beginning but some attendees waited it out and enjoyed an abbreviated version and...

Read more

Georgia Hosts 51st Conference and Trade Show

Georgia pecan growers gathered in late March for education and interaction with commercial exhibitors at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry. The event was the association’s 51st annual conference, which drew a hefty crowd of both large and small growers. GPGA President Brad Ellis presided over the two-day gathering that was launched with a golf...

Read more

WPGA Hosts 50th Annual Conference

Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture Gary Woodward, from USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs division in Washington DC, led off the Western Pecan Growers Association’s 50th annual conference and trade show on March 7 with comments on several issues of interest to the pecan industry. “There are two issues before you that will impact your industry...

Read more

SEPGA Program Provides Updates on Industry Issues

A major topic of conversation at recent regional pecan grower conferences was the proposed Federal Marketing Order for pecans, covered elsewhere in this issue. But there was more news to report to the industry and Charles Rohla of Oklahoma’s Noble Foundation led off the agenda at the Southeastern Pecan Growers convention in Florida with some...

Read more

SEPGA Registration Now Open

Registration is now underway for the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association’s annual conference, to be held Feb. 26-27 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, Destin, Florida. Visit the association’s website for a link to conference registration and hotel reservation information. The group rate at the resort is $163. The SEPGA room block will be held...

Read more

Jimenez Pecan Growers Gather for Fifth Conference

Mexico’s Jimenez Pecan Growers Association hosted its fifth “Jimenuez” conference in September under sunny skies and with a promising harvest on the horizon. The trade show and educational program were again held in the Las Palmas orchard owned by the Uriona family. Growers from throughout the state of Chihuahua participated and pecan buyers were out...

Read more

Jimenuez Snapshots

JIMENUEZ — On the road approaching the Jimenuez conference, on the outskirts of Jimenez, Chihuahua, one gets a glimpse of the impressive cleaning plant that is nearing completion, above. Several growers have partnered to invest in the facility, which was operational for cleaning last season. Significant, secure storage space is also available for growers who need...

Read more

Georgia Field Day Offers Close Up Look at Research

At the beginning of September, growers in Georgia converged upon the USDA/ARS Fruit and Tree Nut Research Lab in Byron, Georgia for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association annual fall field day. Attendees were treated to a few presentations inside the lab, but the bulk of the day was spent in the research orchards to update...

Read more

NPSA Hears From Federal Agencies on Pecan Reporting

The National Pecan Shellers Association held its annual meeting Sept. 10-12 in Washington D.C. and took advantage of the opportunity to invite spokesmen from federal agencies to update the group on issues of interest to the pecan industry. Three speakers addressed various aspects of reports pertinent to the pecan industry and fielded questions from the...

Read more

NPSA Annual Meeting

NPSA ANNUAL MEETING — At left, past NPSA chair Helen Watts presents a pecan bowl to outgoing chair Jerry Dowdy as a token of NPSA’s appreciation for his leadership of the association. Bruce Caris is incoming chair. Below, Tony Halstead and Daphne Schauber of USDA answered questions on pecan reporting during the Sept. 10-12 event...

Read more

TPGA Offers Ideas for Business, Crop Management

Agricultural producers are faced with an increasing demand for “reporting” all kinds of information, a demand that is going to grow and grow, according to Ben Allen of Agri-Data®. And that is not something “you can do simply on paper,” he emphasized. “Consumer demands for food system transparency are creating a level of complexity in...

Read more

Tri-State kicks off with tour of The Company Farm

Growers from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi gathered in June for the annual Tri-State Pecan Growers Conference. The conference covered two states with an orchard tour in Louisiana and business meetings, a reception and a broad educational seminar hosted in Natchez, Mississippi. The Tri-State conference kicked off with an orchard tour at The Company Farm in...

Read more

OPGA Panel Focuses on Native Pecan Market

Three panelists involved in marketing pecans provided some advice and assessment of current market conditions to those attending the Oklahoma Pecan Growers conference June 12-13 in Ardmore. With Oklahoma being somewhat unique among pecan-producing states in that the majority of the crop is native pecans, much of the conversation focused on natives, and growers were...

Read more

GPGA hedging panel captures audience interest

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association offered up a diverse program with concurrent sessions at its annual conference March 25-26 in Perry. Helpful advice and presentations for new growers as well as veterans comprised the 1.5 day program at the Georgia National Fairgrounds, along with a trade show encompassing equipment, chemicals, nurseries and more. One of...

Read more

WPGA Panel Addresses Increasing Salinity Issues

The Western Pecan Growers Association held its annual conference March 1-3 in Las Cruces, New Mexico as usual and enjoyed its typical robust attendance and trade show participation. The educational program encompassed varied topics and concluded with a panel discussion on salinity, an issue of increasing concern in the West, particularly as drought conditions continue....

Read more

SEPGA conference Feb. 27-28 at Grand Hotel resort

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual convention, Feb. 27-28, at the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort at Point Clear, Alabama. Registration is underway and the hotel reservation cut-off date is approaching. To reserve accommodations at the Grand Hotel, call 800-544-9933 before Feb. 13.  The SEPGA group rate is $150. Or attendees can access...

Read more

Alabama Summer Tour Focuses on Small Pecan Operations

In the beginning of August, the Alabama Summer Tour and Field Day educated and delighted over 60 participants in Fairhope, Alabama. The focus of the tour and field day was “pecan production practices designed for small growers and homeowners.” Participants were shown what is considered to be a smaller orchard and the management practices available...

Read more

Georgia expands annual conference format

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association met for its 49th annual educational conference and exhibition at the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry, Georgia on March 25 -27, 2014. This year’s show marked a change in schedule with the conference being extended into another day. The events were kicked off with a fundraising golf tournament and reception,...

Read more

Nutrition, fertilizer, marketing focus at WPGA

Pecan growers continue to search out optimal orchard fertilization and nutrition practices in order to achieve healthy trees and maximum production. The recent Western Pecan Growers conference in Las Cruces launched its educational program with those topics. New Mexico Extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema reported on revised recommendations for potassium and phosphorus levels (previously reported...

Read more

Future of industry a theme at SEPGA

Looking forward and preparing for the future seemed to be the theme for the recent Southeastern Pecan Growers Association conference in Biloxi, Feb. 21-22. The program included discussions about the possibility of implementing a pecan marketing order to help the industry deal profitably with likely increased supply, about how the Southeast’s extremely wet weather in...

Read more

Informative Orchard Tour Launches TriState Event

Those attending the Tri-State Pecan Conference in Mississippi, June 13-14, who were willing to brave the heat and humidity, were treated to a very informative orchard tour as the starting point of this annual meeting of Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas grower groups. Assembling near Raymond, Mississippi, on June 13 for tours, the attendees started at...

Read more
Despite bad weather, a good crowd turned out in North Carolina.

Enthusiastic crowd turns out for NC workshop

The members of the North Carolina Pecan Growers Association conducted their 19th Annual Educational Workshop and largest one to date on Feb. 16, 2013.  The event was held on the grounds of the Lu Mil Vineyard, in Dublin, North Carolina. This county winery provided a warm and inviting setting from the chilly February weather.  An...

Read more
Incoming SEPGA president Lamar Jenkins, left, expressed appreciation to outgoing president Miley Adams at the association’s banquet. (Photo by Cindy Wise)

SEPGA weathers 106th annual meeting

The weather was damp but spirits were not at the 106th annual convention of the Southeastern Pecan Growers Association held Feb. 22-23 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida. Convention chairman Michael Horne and program chairwoman Katherine Stevenson structured an enjoyable, informative event that proceeded smoothly despite heavy rains during much of...

Read more
NPSA President Marty Harrell, left, thanks Warren Stone of the Grocery Manufacturers Association for his presentation at the NPSA meeting.

Pecan shellers hold mid-winter meeting

The National Pecan Shellers Association held its Mid Winter meeting Feb. 6-8 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on Amelia Island, Florida, with food safety and pecan health-related information getting top billing on the program. More of this information will be included in next month’s Pecan South. The NPSA group also put together their own assessment...

Read more
Pat and Marguerite Baggett took home the Grand Champion Commercial Pecan award in the Texas State Pecan Show held in July. At right is their Washington County Extension agent Larry Pierce. (Photo by Monte Nesbitt)

Winning Texas Pecan Show for 2011 no easy task

The year 2011 will be stamped in history books as one of the worst drought years in Texas. “Difficult” doesn’t begin to describe the growing conditions that pecan growers throughout the Lone Star state struggled with, taxing their irrigation systems just to keep trees alive. The combination of drought, scarce production over most of the...

Read more

New Mexico Growers Hold Annual Field Day Event

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte joined the New Mexico Pecan Growers Association at its recent 10th annual field day and saluted the industry for having become one of the leading agricultural commodities in the state. Citing historical statistics, Witte noted that New Mexico’s pecan production has grown from a reported 53 pounds of harvested...

Read more

Looking Back at Texas’ Best Pecans in 2010

2010 marked the 60th year of the Texas Pecan Show and Grading Demonstration. This Texas Pecan Growers Association-sponsored event started in November last year with 25 county shows hosted by Texas AgriLife Extension agents. Regional shows were held in Brenham, Texas (Larry Pierce, coordinator); Stephenville, Texas (Whit Weems and Neal Alexander, coordinators); Midland, Texas (Deborah Frost...

Read more

Jimenuez Conference Attracts Large Crowd

The Jiménez (Chihuahua, Mexico) pecan growers hosted their first full-fledged conference Sept. 23-24 and enjoyed amazing success in grower and exhibitor turnout. Billed as “Jimenuez International Forum 2011”, the meeting drew almost 800 participants, including 60 exhibiting companies. Held at Aguas Termales Las Pampas, the conference venue was unique — a water park supplied by...

Read more

Program Announced for Arizona Grower Meeting

The Arizona Pecan Growers Association will meet for its annual meeting Friday, Sept. 16 at the Palo Verde Holiday Inn in Tucson. A block of rooms at the hotel has been reserved for attendees. For reservations, call the Holiday Inn at 520-746-1161. AGENDA Sept. 16, 2011 7:30 a.m.            Registration – (Refreshments courtesy of Kelly Pope,...

Read more

Alabama Readies for Upcoming Annual Meeting

The Alabama Pecan Growers Association will host its 51st annual conference on Sept. 15 at the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope, Alabama. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved for attendees at the Holiday Inn Express in Fairhope. Group rate is $89. Call the hotel at 251-928-9191 for reservations. The evening prior...

Read more

OPGA Attendees Hear Where Industry Is Headed

At the end of June, growers came together in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for the Oklahoma Pecan Growers Annual Conference. Educational topics and grower chatter displayed feelings about the industry — feelings of change, uncertainty and optimism. Growers and industry speakers alike know that changes have been popping up in sectors of the pecan industry. To update...

Read more

First Crop Estimate at 246.5 Million

Two flat-bed trailers would not hold all the attendees who showed up for the Louisiana Pecan Growers Association’s tour of the LSU Ag Station in Shreveport, which kicked off the annual Tri-State Pecan Conference June 16-17. Mississippi and Arkansas pecan growers sponsor the conference as well. The morning tour was followed by educational sessions and...

Read more

Georgia Growers “Cautiously Optimistic” for 2011

Pecan growers across Georgia gathered for the Georgia Pecan Growers Association annual meeting on March 30 in Perry, Georgia. University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Scott Angle summed up the mood of the conference saying, “growers are in a good mood when other years they were not always in a good...

Read more

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...

Read more

SEPGA Convention Draws Enthusiastic Turnout

The Southeastern Pecan Growers Association enjoyed an enthusiastic turnout for its annual convention, Feb. 24-26, at the Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi, Mississippi. A lot of activity was packed into the 2-day event — educational programming, trade show, golf tournament, and awards banquet. The program included several updates regarding important promotional and marketing projects underway...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Optimism Pervades New Mexico Pecan Growers’ Field Day 2010

New Mexico State University’s Leyendecker Plant Science Center in Las Cruces was the setting for the 2010 New Mexico Pecan Growers’ Field Day on Nov. 4. The annual conference was organized by the New Mexico Pecan Growers and co-sponsored by NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; the New Mexico Department of Agriculture; and...

Read more

Georgia’s Fall Field Day Spotlights Fort Valley Farms

Georgia growers were treated to the annual Georgia Pecan Growers Association Fall Field Day on Sept. 9. The Fall Field Day generally alternates every three years to different locations, usually between the Tifton and Byron research orchards and then to a grower’s orchard. Mason Pecan Farm hosted the field day at their orchards in Fort...

Read more

Alabama Pecan Growers Annual Conference

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010 8:00 a.m.            Registration 8:30 a.m.            Call to Order and Introduction of Guests – Roger Cook 8:40 a.m.            Opening Remarks – Ron Zorn 8:50 a.m.            Introduction of William Batchelor, New Dean of Auburn College of Agriculture Moderator — Allen Burnie 9:00 a.m.            “A trip to China to promote pecans” – Matt Goff 9:20 a.m.            “Update on early harvest cultivars” – Bill Goff...

Read more

TPGA Conference Draws Big Crowd to San Marcos

A crowd of almost 500 participated in two full days of educational programming and then finished up the 89th Annual Texas Pecan Growers Association Conference and Trade Show with a multifaceted field day that encompassed tours and demonstrations at two different orchards. TPGA members Troy Swift and Mark Friesenhahn hosted tours of their operations that gave...

Read more

TriState Attendees Get Salmonella Briefing

For the first time, growers from all 4 associations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi gathered for the TriState Convention and Trade Show in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Growers were treated with a program full of a number of topics ranging from pest and disease control, management practices, salmonella and the future of the industry. The day finished...

Read more

Food Safety, Regulations In Spotlight At OPGA Meet

Food safety and health department regulations were featured presentations at the recent Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association annual meeting in Ardmore. OSU Food Scientist William McGlynn told the group that many producers of agricultural products are now being asked — either by government regulators or by private industry — to create and follow some kind of...

Read more

TPGA Hosting 89th Annual Conference and Trade Show

The Texas Pecan Growers Association will host its 89th Annual Conference and Trade Show, July 11-14 at the new Embassy Suites in San Marcos. The conference includes two full days of educational programming and will conclude with a half-day orchard tour. Hotel accommodations at the Embassy Suites may be reserved by calling 512-392-6450. The group...

Read more

Optimistic Crowd Gathers For Gpga Meet

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association enjoyed an enthusiastic turnout for its recent annual meeting in Perry, Georgia, and speakers shared some helpful insight into issues that Georgia producers are facing. USDA’s Bruce Wood led off the program by reporting on a study focused on orchard thinning. “One of the most common mistakes is delaying thinning,”...

Read more

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...

Read more

Shellers Address Current Issues At Mid-Winter Meet

ATLANTA, Ga. – Almost every major sheller in the pecan industry was represented at the 2009 NPSA Mid-Winter Meeting, February 26-28 at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee, FL. Two days of educational programming featured experts on government affairs, consumer trends, supply chain management, resource conservation, plant management, shipping and logistics, food safety and quality control. Members...

Read more