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NPSA 2019 Annual Meeting The National Pecan Shellers Association hosted its annual meeting on Sept. 11-12 this year in Nashville, Tennessee at the Kimpton Aertson Hotel. Association members gathered on the first day for the annual Shellers Forum; this forum was followed up with a Welcome Reception to kick off the meeting. On the second...

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The Western Pecan Producer Short Course

Out West, growers from all over the western production region, including those who are just getting into pecans, gathered in Las Cruces at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum on Oct. 15 to participate in the biennial Western Pecan Producers Short Course. Over three days, around 100 current and future pecan producers received...

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TriAgri Farm Center Event

Continuing a fall tradition, Oklahoma and North Texas growers met on Oct. 2 at the TriAgri Farm Center in Coleman, Oklahoma for a processing plant tour, update from the Hamilton family, and a delicious barbecue dinner. Mark Hamilton led the group through the cleaning plant and emphasized that the pecans are “never touched by hand”...

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In an auditorium in Goldthwaite, Texas, about 30 pecan growers and enthusiasts listen to a speaker at the Central Texas Pecan Short Course.

Educational Events Help Growers Prepare for the Season

On the morning of April 5, growers throughout Central Texas gathered in the tiny town of Goldthwaite for the annual Central Texas Pecan Short Course. Hosted by Mills County AgriLife Extension Service, the Central Texas Short Course provided local growers an opportunity to earn a total of three Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and to re-learn...

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Oklahoma Pecan Grower Celebrates the Next Big Step

In mid-November this year, Dennis and Glenda Ward put on a good, old-fashioned fish fry to celebrate their next big step as an Oklahoma pecan family. The Ward family started farming the southeastern corner of Oklahoma back in the 1930s. Dennis’ grandfather and father (Barney Sr. and Barney Jr.) would eventually run several hundred heads...

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Pecans in Attendance at FNCE & Finally Take Center Stage

My husband, Winston, and I had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Chicago, Illinois recently—a little different than the pecan growers’ conference we attend each year. FNCE had more than 15,000 people in attendance. It’s an experience we won’t forget and one that we are certainly grateful...

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Oklahoma companies sponsor gathering, offer info and tour

In early October, growers were offered an afternoon and evening of pecan education and networking in southern Oklahoma. Those who wanted a seminar and demonstration in pecan tree planting headed over to Baker Pecan Tree Nursery in Tishomingo, Oklahoma. Charles Rohla from the Noble Foundation and Becky Carroll from the Oklahoma State University pecan program joined Roger Baker,...

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Nut Tree Nursery hosts Georgia fall field day

Those who attended the Georgia Pecan Growers Association’s 2016 Fall Field Day were welcomed by Nut Tree Pecan Company in Baconton, Georgia on Sept. 8. The event took place in the Nut Tree Pecan Nursery and Flint River Orchard for a morning full of pecan management and industry discussions. Putt Wetherbee of Nut Tree Pecan...

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Registration Ongoing for Western Pecan Shortcourse

New Mexico State University is offering its Western Pecan Production Shortcourse, Oct. 17-19, at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces. Registration is underway and may be completed online. The registration fee is $350 for the two days of classroom instruction plus a full-day field trip to local pecan farms in Las Cruces....

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Winners Named From Regional Texas Pecan Shows

County pecan shows around Texas are wrapped up, and the 3 regional shows followed in early December. Here are the results from those 3 regional contests, all coordinated by Monte Nesbitt. The East Regional Pecan Show was held in Fulshear, Texas, on Dec. 4. The competition included 160 entries from 10 different Texas counties. Judges...

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The Best Pecan in Texas in 2013

Being the best at something is commendable in Texas, where there is no shortage of biggest, best, brightest and firsts. The “best” pecans in Texas for each crop year are awarded in July at the Texas Pecan Growers Association Annual Conference. The journey to being the best begins with entering a 42-nut sample in a...

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Noble Foundation to host workshop on pecan investment

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma, will host a Pecan 101 workshop to show farmers the investment potential of pecans. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at Ardmore’s Southern Oklahoma Technology Center. Noble Foundation consultants will detail the fundamental steps of initiating a new pecan enterprise. Participants...

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OSU offers pecan management course beginning March 11

The 2014 Fundamentals of Pecan Management course offered by Oklahoma State University will offer seasoned growers or those new to the industry a wealth of research-based information. The goal of the course is to provide an in-depth experience, both in the classroom and hands-on in the orchard, for current and prospective pecan growers, said Becky...

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DFA offers validation workshop for nut processors

The DFA of California, also known as the American Council for Food Safety and Quality, is offering a validation class for nut processors on April 2 in Monterey. The course costs $150 and covers sanitation practices, pathogen reduction/pasteurization and testing with surrogate organisms. The goal of the class is to prepare nut processors for compliance...

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Shellers host meeting Sept. 5-7 in Austin, TX

The National Pecan Shellers Association will hold its annual meeting Sept. 5-7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. Golf, registration and a reception will comprise activities on Sept. 5. The program lineup on Sept. 6 will feature “Trends in Health, Snacking and Opportunities for Nuts on the Menu,” “Pecans in Gluten-Free, Diabetic Friendly Baking”,...

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TriState conference set for Vicksburg

Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi pecan grower associations are preparing to host the TriState Pecan Convention, June 20-21, at the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. This year’s event will kick off with an orchard tour on Thursday morning. Mississippi Pecan Growers Association President Joe Buzhardt is planning the orchard program which will be followed by...

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OPGA planning annual meet in Ardmore

This year’s Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association Annual Convention will be held in Ardmore at the Ardmore Convention Center on June 27-29. The educational program has been structured to brief growers on pecan production and current issues facing the pecan industry. Dan Zedan will be speaking on the market crash of 2012, and George Ray McEachern...

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TPGA to raffle Polaris Ranger

The Texas Pecan Growers Association will again raffle a Polaris Ranger 500 at the upcoming annual TPGA Conference and Trade Show in July. Raffle tickets are $100 each and only 200 tickets will be sold. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the raffle will support pecan research, Extension and promotional projects. The TPGA event...

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Royalty Pecan issues challenge for pecan recipes

April is National Pecan Month and Royalty Pecan Farms near Caldwell, Texas, is celebrating by hosting the annual Royalty Pecans Recipe Challenge. The challenge is to think outside the pie and submit recipes that feature heart-healthy, nutritious pecans and go beyond the traditional pecan pie and candy recipes that are easy to find. Food lovers...

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San Saba Field Day set for May 6

The San Saba County (Texas) Pecan Field Day will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday, May 6, at the San Saba Civic Center in Mill Pond Park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. This annual field day has enjoyed excellent attendance over the years, offering topics for commercial growers, small landowners and...

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Central Texas event gets new venue

The Central Texas Pecan Shortcourse, scheduled for April 9, will take place at the First Baptist Youth Center in Goldthwaite, Texas – which is a change from previous years. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with a $20 fee that includes lunch. An RSVP by April 5 is requested – contact Tom Guthrie at t-guthrie@ tamu.edu...

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Shellers group to meet Feb. 6-8

The National Pecan Shellers Association will conduct its Mid Winter Meeting Feb. 6-8 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida. For information on the event, contact Jacque Knight at JKnight@kel lencompany.com or 404-252-3663. An impressive slate of speakers will participate including Diane McKay of Tufts University who will provide an overview and expected outcomes of the NPSA-funded...

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New Mexico field day set for first of November

The New Mexico Pecan Growers Association is hosting its annual Field Day on Nov. 1 at the Leyendecker Plant Science Center near Las Cruces. Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. with the program commencing at 8:30 a.m. Marketing, manganese, weed management, pesticide regulations and climate forecasts are among the topics to be...

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Texas Shortcourse opens registration

Registration for the annual Texas Pecan Shortcourse is underway. The 2013 event is set for Jan. 28 – Feb. 1 at Texas A&M University in College Station. This five-day event is a comprehensive overview of pecan orchard management. Cost is $150 for growers and $50 for spouses and children, county Extension agents and students. The...

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2011 Pecan Shortcourse coming up Jan. 24-28

The annual Texas Pecan Orchard Management Shortcourse conducted by Texas AgriLife Extension Service will again be held (Jan. 24-28, 2011) on the Texas A&M Campus in College Station in Rudder Tower. If you are planning to plant trees, or have young trees or simply need a refresher course on growing pecans, this class should indeed...

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World Race 2011 Has One Nutty Sponsor

Cecil and Kay Crabtree of Crabtree Pecans in Denison, Texas are sending their business name around the world in 2011 — on the side of an antique car entered in World Race 2011. This is a re-creation of the Greatest Auto Race of 1908, leaving New York City on April 15, 2011 and arriving in...

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