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A nut cluster of pecans during the summer. The shucks of this specialty crop are bright green.

USDA announces over $243 million in grants awarded to specialty crops

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 28 an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops through two USDA programs—the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program. USDA is investing $169.9 million through the...

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2021 Crop Estimates

Here are the 2021 crop estimates as predicted at the Texas Pecan Growers Conference, National Pecan Shellers Association annual meeting, and the USDA NASS Crop Production report, which shows utilized production for the 2020 crop. Please note that the USDA released its annual production report for 2020 in May and only publishes data for the...

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A crop of pecan kernels with black spots, evidence of stink bug damage.

Don’t trip near the finish line

The Olympic Games come into our lives every four years, bringing stories of triumph and heartbreak. I’m always impressed with the dedication of talented athletes who set aside living a normal life, sacrificing socially and financially for the chance to win a medal and have their names etched in history’s record books. While some achieve...

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