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USDA to Provide More Than $3 Billion to Commodity and Specialty Crop Producers Impacted by 2022 Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON—The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide more than $3 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers impacted by natural disaster events in 2022. Eligible impacted producers can apply for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP) 2022. The program will help offset the financial impacts of crop yield and value losses...

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John W. (Jake) Renfroe, Jr. Obituary

From the Renfroe Family John W. (Jake) Renfroe, Jr. passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 21, and we know he awoke in heaven to find his Daddy and Mother, two sisters Joyce and Gail, and brother Frank, whom he loved so much and had gone before him. Born on December 19, 1931, Jake...

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NMSDC Acres Program Announces Partnership with the Southern University Ag Center

NEW YORK – The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) and the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center (Southern University Ag Center) are partnering to enhance NMSDC’s Acres: Cultivating Equity in Black Agriculture program. As part of the partnership, the Southern University Ag Center will provide instructors and course material for the Acres 12-week...

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USDA Proposes Revising Pecan Standards

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Pecans in the Shell and the U.S. Standards for Grades of Shelled Pecans to reflect current industry descriptions and practices. The proposed changes would replace the current grades with U.S. Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy, U.S....

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USDA Announces Appointments to the American Pecan Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of seven members to serve on the American Pecan Promotion Board. Six appointees will serve three-year terms, effective Oct. 1, 2023, through Sep. 30, 2026. One appointee will serve the remainder of a vacant position, effective immediately, and expires on Sep. 30, 2024. Appointed members serving three-year...

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In Memory of Wiley H. Hatcher

Mr. Hatcher was a pecan farmer and beloved longtime member of the Texas Pecan Growers Association. Throughout his time in the industry, he was known for his contributions to pecan research and Extension at Texas A&M. From the Hatcher Family It is with great sadness that we announce our father, Wiley H. Hatcher, passed away...

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Growing Pecan Awareness and Affinity Among Healthcare Professionals

Over the past year, the collective efforts of the American Pecan Council (APC) and partners have culminated in a surround-sound success for America’s pecan growers and processors. APC’s collaborative endeavors to reach healthcare professionals (HCPs), fueled by passion and perseverance, have established APC as a trusted resource. Through ongoing investment in the healthcare professional audience...

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October 2023 Marketing Guide

Pecan South‘s October 2023 Marketing Guide provides a list of pecan buyers from across the industry who are looking to purchase nuts from the 2023 crop. Download the complete 2023 Marketing Guide from our October issue here. Many pecan growers use this guide as a reference when looking for pecan buyers and processors. Spots fill...

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American Pecan Promotion Board Taco Trucks Serve Up Real-Time Sampling Opportunity

To cap off the summer, the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB) activated custom-branded taco trucks at popular farmers’ markets in Dallas, Atlanta, and Chicago. At an in-person trial, consumers sampled Al Pastor-style Pecan Tacos highlighting pecans’ versatility and showcasing how they serve as a nutritious, natural, plant-based protein. On-site consumer feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with...

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Bagged pecans sit in a line on the bottom of a wooden shelf. The new pecan research and promotion program has the authority to collect assessments for domestic and foreign grown pecans imported into the U.S. USDA announced the industry members on the new APPB

Evaluating Capital Investments

Investment in physical assets that can increase business productivity and support long-term growth, referred to as “capital investment,” is an important part of business management. Expenditures on land, buildings, and equipment represent a significant part of most business’s overall costs and, as such, require careful evaluation to ensure that the investments are economically prudent. In...

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Inshell pecans lined up together to form a heart. American Pecans can be certified with the AHA's heart-check mark to show consumers they are a heart healthy food.

Pecans Give Obesity and Diabetes a Slim Chance

Daily consumption of pecans has been shown to prevent obesity and a host of related health issues like fatty liver disease and diabetes, according to a collaborative study by Texas A&M AgriLife scientists. “Obesity and diabetes numbers are increasing in modern society worldwide, and the trend in high-fat diet consumption is one of the main reasons besides...

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