USDA Details Trade Damage Estimate Calculations

(Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Chief Economist has published a detailed accounting of how estimated damage from trade disruptions was calculated for its support package for farmers announced on July 25, 2019. USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist...

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Three scoops of butter pecan ice cream sit in a wooden bowl on a gingham tablecloth.

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Recipe

Butter Pecan Ice Cream Submitted by Cynthia Diserens Note: An old fashioned bucket ice cream maker was used for this recipe Makes 1 gallon | Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes Ingredients 6-8 Large Eggs (depending on the size of container-6 eggs for 1 gallon) 1 Cup Sugar 1 Can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk 1...

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Two rows of green and vibrant pecan trees at an orchard in Georgia.

How to Enroll in the Market Facilitation Program

Pecans are an eligible specialty crop under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency. MFP assists farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of trade retaliation from foreign nations. Pecan producers have until Dec. 6 to enroll in MFP. Pecan producers who have not participated in FSA programs should follow...

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The 101 Series: How the APC Measures Success

The passage of the Federal Marketing Order (FMO) was a tremendous step forward for the American pecan industry and one that has created unprecedented marketing opportunities for all members of our industry. The American Pecan Council is committed to making the most effective use of industry funds as we continue to build momentum for American...

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A wideshot of two rows of mature pecan trees in New Roads, Louisiana.

Around the Industry: TriState and TPGA Conferences

Another Year, Another TriState Pecanference A week after the Oklahoma conference, growers and pecan industry members from Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi gathered for the TriState Pecan Conference in New Roads, Louisiana. After attending an orchard tour at Bill Wagley’s orchard, participants networked with each other and vendors and heard from a number of educational speakers....

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Challenges and Tricks to Growing Pecans in California

Out here in California, we’re relative newcomers to the pecan industry. There are some smaller plantings that were planted in the late ‘50s and ‘60s, but most of the commercial plantings didn’t start going in until the mid-1970s. And the state’s largest orchard wasn’t planted until 1980. With that being the case, we’ve had the...

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Georgia Pecan Industry Loses One of its Champions

Before I was hired as the Pecan Extension Specialist for the University of Georgia, I worked for about three years or so as the Extension Agent in Dougherty County, Georgia. It can be difficult for new agents to break the ice with farmers, especially pecan farmers, and especially in a county where, for many years,...

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Iron—Essential to Humans and to Pecans

All of us at some point in our attendance at various pecan industry events across the Pecan Belt have heard discussions of essential elements that are required by plants and especially those required to successfully grow pecan trees with relatively optimal yields, even though there may be some differences depending on the region where they’re...

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