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2022 Census of Agriculture due next week Feb. 6

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reminds our nation’s farmers and ranchers that the deadline to respond to the 2022 Census of Agriculture is Feb. 6. Producers can respond online at or by mail. Last month, NASS mailed the Census of Agriculture questionnaires to every known ag producer in the...

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U.S. Congress Includes NPF Supported Pecan Research Projects in Omnibus Appropriations Bill

The U.S. Congress has passed the $1.7 trillion fiscal year 2023 omnibus appropriations bill. The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 consists of all 12 FY23 appropriation bills, including the $25.5 billion Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies funding bill. The bill includes the following pecan research projects supported by the National...

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APPB Nominations Are Open

Submit your nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB) now! Please reach out to the Board office at or call (817) 985-3034 if you would like to receive a nomination form. All nominations must be received or postmarked by Jan. 31, 2023. The following APPB seats are open for nominations: Western Region Seats...

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How to Optimize Production in a Small Orchard

When industry members speak about pecans in Argentina, it’s impossible not to mention Alejandro Lavista Llanos, who is one of the people that began to write pecan’s history in the country. Alejandro Lavista Llanos has been an agronomist for 54 years and accumulated more than 36 years of experience in pecan production through his own...

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A “Nutty Hobby” Becomes an Award-Winning Pecan Orchard

What’s the secret to growing the perfect pecan? Or, more importantly, what’s the management trick to producing high-quality pecans year after year?  For decades—if not centuries—pecan growers have sought answers to this complex question, and researchers have wrestled with uncovering the management practices that will lessen alternate bearing and bring the industry closer to producing...

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What’s to Come, What’s Been Done for Pecan Marketing

The American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB) just finished a multi-pronged holiday marketing push. The holiday push for 2022 featured a Pecan Pizza Pie. This truly nutty pie included a savory buttermilk pizza crust, a thick bourbon-infused tomato sauce, creamy mozzarella, fennel-dusted pepperoni-flavored pecan halves, and a spicy balsamic pecan pie glaze. As of early December...

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Pecans Make Their Mark on Top 2023 Food Trends

The way we buy, eat, and prepare food has significantly changed over the last year. Many of these changes resulted from attitude shifts (sparked by the pandemic), increased focus on climate change, personal health, and environmental issues. However, one of the biggest issues that has shaped current food trends is inflation.  According to the Food...

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A young pecan tree with a short trunk that splits off into four branches. By training this tree, growers can help it establish a stable structure.

Pruning Sets You Up for Success

Do you know what practice impacts pecan development most and is performed mainly during the dormant season? You got it! Pruning. When observing a native pecan, what’s evident is the tree’s natural habit of developing a central leader limb through the canopy. This strong central leader supplies the support for the scaffold branches holding most...

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