A worker drives a harvester to pick up pecans off the ground during harvest.

USDA Issues Section 32 Solicitation for Pecans

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today a solicitation for 6.2 million pounds of pecans for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products...

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Three people stand amongst the branches of pecan trees in early spring.

Meet the New USDA-ARS Plant Pathologist

When I tell people that I am a plant pathologist, they always ask how I ended up in this career. The truth is I had no idea that I would find my life’s work in agriculture. My dad was a navigator in the United States Air Force, and my mom was a nurse. We bounced...

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A screenshot of the Instagram profile for Pekan Pioniere—the APC's German pecan marketing page.

New Year, New International Opportunities for Pecan

As the only native tree nut in the United States, pecans are uniquely American. However, the fact that they’re a nutritional powerhouse that has essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants makes them uniquely qualified to meet consumers’ growing demands for delicious and nutritious snack options—particularly abroad.  In fact, consumers in Europe—specifically Germany and the United Kingdom—are...

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U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. National Pecan Federation shares updates from the Hill.

New Year Update on the NPF’s Activities in Washington

Agricultural Groups Appeal for Changes to 2022 Disaster Relief and Aid On Dec. 29, 2022, President Biden signed into law the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2023 that provides about $3.7 billion in financial assistance for agricultural producers impacted by eligible natural disasters that occurred in calendar year 2022.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the...

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Profile view of an adult brown stink bug on the bud of a crape myrtle.

Friend or Foe? Beneficial and Pest Stink Bugs

As a native species, pecan is associated with many native beneficial and pest insect species. Granted, there are exotic insect species now established in the U.S. that are associated with pecan and likely will be forever. These include the beneficial multicolored Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis, and the pestiferous brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys....

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A native pecan grove near a river bottom in Central Texas.

Texas Pecan Organizations Collaborate with Tarleton State University to Establish Pecan Innovation Center

Stephenville, TX—The Texas Pecan Growers Association and the Texas Pecan Board proudly announce an innovative collaboration with Tarleton State University to establish the Texas Pecan Innovation Center. This strategic partnership, made possible through the Texas Department of Agriculture Innovation Pilot Project grant, marks a significant milestone in the efforts to enhance resources for Texas pecan...

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A pecan tree uprooted and laying flat on the ground after a hurricane.

Research grant aims to improve hurricane guidelines for pecan growers in Georgia

NEWTON, Georgia—In a significant development for rural communities in Georgia, the University of Georgia and The Jones Center at Ichauway were awarded a research grant to help pecan growers reduce risk from hurricanes. The one-year study aims to improve hurricane mitigation guidelines for pecan growers and understand how hurricane risk changes with tree size and orchard placement. In the...

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