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Agricultural Export Programs Offer Excellent Returns, Deserve Continued Funding

 WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Coalition to Promote U.S. Agricultural Exports welcomes the results of a recent econometric study indicating that public-private U.S. agricultural export market development programs remain highly effective and generate a substantial return on investment.  In letters sent April 27, 2022, members of the Coalition and additional organizations asked U.S. House and Senate agricultural appropriations...

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a tractor driving through the pecan orchard

USDA to Provide Approximately $6 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2020, 2021 Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2020 and 2021 will soon begin receiving emergency relief payments totaling approximately $6 billion through the Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program (ERP) to offset crop yield and value losses. “For...

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A pecan orchard in Cerros Azules, Uruguay, during dusk. The setting sun has cast a bluish hue across the pecan orchard.

Uruguay, South America’s small but rising producer

In previous issues, we have analyzed the evolution of pecan production throughout South America and several countries’ efforts to develop markets and position themselves as pecan suppliers to global consumers. Today, it’s Uruguay’s turn. The second smallest country in South America, Uruguay borders Brazil, Argentina, and the Atlantic Ocean. Its location near the Argentine Mesopotamia...

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APC and APPB gather for landmark meetings

The pecan industry in the United States has gone through many organizational changes within the last decade. A group of meetings at the end of March represented another pecan industry landmark. The American Pecan Council (APC), representing the Federal Marketing Order, and the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB), representing the Research and Promotion Program, held...

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A nut cluster with 3 developing nuts. At the base of the cluster is webbing and black gunk. The bottom nut has turned a light brown near its base, indicating PNC larvae has burrowed inside.

Raise your pecan nut casebearer game

My first job in the field of horticulture was selling plants, fertilizer, seeds, and lawn and garden supplies at a retail garden center in Lubbock, Texas, in 1985. Retail sales in the springtime boomed from the customer interest in the beautification of West Texas landscapes. I sold many bottles and bags containing diazinon, malathion, carbaryl...

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A man, Walter Williams, stands next to tall and mature pecan tree during winter. The tree has multiple lines in different colors painted in rows up its thick trunk.

Walter Williams…Texas Pecan Grower

Walter Williams was a pioneer and national leader in the U.S. pecan industry; he passed away on March 24, 2022. Walter and Velmalene, his wife, owned and operated 325 acres of improved and native pecans on the lower Guadalupe River at their home in Concrete, Texas. Walter was an avid student of pecan growing and...

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Large container ship loaded with refrigerated and standard containers approaching port, assisted by two tugs and followed by pilot cutter.

Supply chain woes and the pecan industry

The term “supply chain” describes the organization of participants that produce, process, and distribute goods to consumers. Supply chains, especially those associated with food and fiber, have seen increased interest over the last several years and even more in the last several months. Many factors, including weather-related issues, issues associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic,...

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Images from the pecan world

A father once told his son that a person should never miss an opportunity to keep their mouth shut. Sage advice I should consider more often, and I’ll add to it—one should keep their eyes and ears open. Whether we realize it or not, each of us uses a somewhat unique learning style, usually relying...

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The May 2022 Crop Corner

The Crop Corner provides seasonal updates for readers on pecans throughout the industry and continues in Pecan South’s May 2022 magazine. Created and published by Pecan South editors, The Pecan Newsletter provides weekly harvest and market updates from September through January by compiling reports from growers and market information from reliable sources worldwide. The Crop...

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