USDA Announces Second Round of 2019 MFP Payments

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will now be eligible to receive 25 percent of the...

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The ThanksEverything Pie sits on a table with some pecan halves scattered around it.

The Pecan ThanksEveything Pie Takes America’s Holiday Meal to the Next Level

Fort Worth, TX – Nov. 7, 2019 – The three-bird roast has had its day. The newest holiday food mash-up is here and features America’s signature seasonal ingredient—pecans. Proving they are a hardworking ingredient belonging in every dish, American Pecans is making America’s wildest holiday dreams come true with the debut of the Pecan ThanksEverything Pie—a complete...

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The Curse of Alternative Bearing

Growing, producing, and marketing pecans is a complex process with many tangibles of which we have limited control. Of those, alternate bearing is the most consequential and costly over the orchard’s life. When all production and financial challenges occur, we do what we can and hope for the best; however, alternate bearing never goes away....

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A pecan orchard with a heavy crop before harvest.

Before Harvest, Consider This

November means it’s time for harvest throughout the entire pecan industry. While some growers in the Southeast have been picking nuts for nearly two months, those of us out here in the West are just getting going. ‘Pawnee’ will have been ready for a little bit, while most other varieties are just finishing up and...

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The group of pecan industry representatives stand together outside the USDA building in Washington, D.C.

The Doors to India and Washington

Pecan growers know how to work their way through an orchard and, as it turns out, through the halls of Congress as well. Of course, that involves literally and figuratively being led by the National Pecan Federation (NPF) around the twisted maze that is Washington, D.C. The Redding Firm, hired on by the National Pecan...

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Around the Industry

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 Origin of Improved Pecans

After writing my last article on “The Importance of Native Pecans for the Future of the Industry,” I have had several readers visit with me about the article, telling me how much they enjoyed it and many saying that it gave them a great appreciation for natives. I have had a few ask me to...

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