USDA Accepting Applications for August Trade Mission to Colombia

WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor will lead an agribusiness trade mission to Bogotá, Colombia, from Aug. 13 to 15, 2024. USDA is now accepting applications from current and potential U.S. exporters who have an interest in joining the delegation. “Colombia represents a top-tier food and...

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Leading Pecan Companies Announce Collaboration to Elevate the Pecan as a Premium, Healthy Snack

As nut products continue to show strong growth in the snack category, flavored pecans have emerged as a consumer favorite, driving intentional and impulse sales at grocers, convenience stores, and retailers. Pecan Nation and South Georgia Pecan Company, both multi-generational Georgia pecan companies, have recently joined forces in a move that will expand production, ensure...

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USDA Sets Dates for Pecan Research and Promotion Program Referendum

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will conduct a referendum May 10 through June 10, 2024, for eligible domestic producers and importers of pecans to decide whether to continue their research and promotion program. Current producers who have domestically produced 50,000 pounds of inshell pecans (25,000 pounds of shelled pecans) and current importers...

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Alternative Agricultural Production Systems and Consumer Preferences

Farmers and ranchers have modified their agricultural production practices over time in response to many factors. Agricultural producers in 18th century Britain, facing an increasing population needing to be fed, began to adopt mechanical production improvement to increase farm production. Labor shortages in the United States are attributed to the development of mechanical technologies in...

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Pre-sprouted pecans suffering from Vivipary

Vivipary in Pecans

Vivipary—also known as germinated or pre-germinated pecans—is one of the major challenges of producing pecans in low-elevation and warm climates. In these regions, such as parts of Sonora, Mexico, up to 50% of the crop germinates early.  The presence of germinated pecans strongly impacts the value of the product. A kilogram of shelled pecans without...

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