23 Nov

Tree Nut and Dried Fruit Productions add up to 5 million and 3.2 million metric tons, respectively

The INC has released its latest Global Statistical Review with 2021/2022 production forecast updates on tree nuts, peanuts, and dried fruits. Find its full report and analysis here.

29 Oct

New Mexico’s Nov. 15 pecan weevil exterior quarantine public hearing terminated

LAS CRUCES—The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) has terminated the public rule hearing previously scheduled for Monday, Nov. 15 regarding proposed amendments to 21.17.28 New Mexico Administrative Code, Pecan Weevil Exterior Quarantine rule, to remove several West Texas counties from New Mexico’s list of quarantined counties, add a cold-storage treatment post-entry requirement, and add a second cold storage treatment option.

A Notice of Rulemaking was provided in Volume XXXII, Issue 19 of the New Mexico Register. NMDA issued a termination notice in accordance with Subsection C of Section 14-4-5 New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978.

New Mexico’s Pecan Weevil Exterior Quarantine rule was promulgated in 1969 for the purpose of reducing the risk of importing pecan weevil into New Mexico from weevil-infested areas exterior to New Mexico, areas of West Texas, Arizona, and California. The rule requires all in-shell pecans and other regulated articles that originated in pecan weevil quarantined counties to undergo a cold storage treatment to kill pecan weevil prior to entry into the state.

A news release will be distributed when a new date has been set for the public hearing.

28 Oct

USDA announces over $243 million in grants awarded to strengthen the Specialty Crop Industry

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Oct. 28 an investment of more than $243 million in grants to support specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops through two USDA programs—the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the Specialty Crop Research Initiative grants program.

USDA is investing $169.9 million through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) to support farmers growing specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops.

Read more here.

27 Oct

Southern Roots Nut Company acquires New Aces, shelling facilities

Southern Roots Nut Company, a wholesale supplier of inshell and shelled pecans based in Texas, made a public acquisition announcement today, sharing that the company acquired all of the assets of New Aces Pecan Company, a processing and shelling company in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The full announcement can be found here.

1 Oct

Congress passes Continuing Resolution with funds for ag disaster relief

Today, the U.S. Senate and House passed the Continuing Resolution (CR), which includes $10 billion for ag disaster relief for losses in 2020 and 2021. The ag disaster relief section includes many of the provisions written by Chairman Scott and Ranking Member Thompson that were included in the disaster legislation (HR 267) unanimously approved out of the House Ag Committee in July.

Read the fact sheet from House Ag Committee with an overview of the provisions contained in the bill here.

29 Sep

APC lowers assessments in anticipation of APPB’s first crop year

The American Pecan Council announced at its Sept. 22 meeting that the Council and the American Pecan Promotion Board began negotiating the details of a possible management contract for the staff and office of the APC to run the APPB organization. During this meeting, the APC also lowered its assessment as discussed and approved in April 2020.

According to the Sept. 22 meeting minutes, "By approving a lowering of the assessment and amended budget, it will accomplish what the APC stated back in April of 2020 and emphasized in August of 2020 and April of 2021—that once the APPB is appointed, the APC will be able to lower the assessment rate and ensure that the U.S. industry will continue to pay the same rate under both programs, while ensuring that marketing programs continue smoothly and seamlessly."

The motion to lower assessment was "MOVED by Louie SALOPEK, duly seconded by Les DAVIET and unanimously carried THAT the Council approve a rate assessment reduction from 3 cents to 1 penny for improved varieties, and a reduction from two cents to zero cents for native and substandard varieties for the 2021-2022 [Fiscal Year]."

Growers will pay $0.02 (regardless of native or improved) to the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB). Handlers then collect the $0.02 from the grower and submit the assessment crediting the grower’s account. Importers pay $0.02 on all imported pecans.

The APPB will start collecting assessments this Friday, Oct. 1. The minutes from the APPB's first meeting can be found here. Check out the Q&A document from the APPB for additional info. Pecan  South will release any further news and press releases from the USDA when they become available.

Updated on Oct. 1, 2021.

10 Sep

South Georgia Pecan Co. agrees to process FICO pecans

Logos for FICO and South Georgia Pecan Co.

SAHUARITA, Ariz.—Farmers Investment Co (FICO) and South Georgia Pecan Company announced on Sept. 9, 2021, that they have entered into an agreement for FICO to sell its inshell pecans to South Georgia Pecan for processing. This agreement comes after FICO announced it is closing its pecan processing operations effective December 31, 2021.

Read more here.

31 Aug

American Pecan Promotion Board members appointed by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 31 announced 17 appointees as members of the new American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB). The newly appointed members will serve two, three, and four-year terms.

Ten producers and seven importers make up the 17-member board. The 10 producer members will be allocated between three regions within the United States as follows: three from the Eastern Region; three from the Central Region; and four from the Western Region.

Read the full list of newly appointed members here.

31 Aug

Pecan growers vote to continue FMO in 2021 referendum

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Aug. 31 that eligible pecan growers voted to uphold the Federal Marketing Order (FMO) in the referendum. Because of this decision, the American Pecan Council will continue to be authorized by the FMO to regulate the handling of pecans, build consumer demand, and develop markets for the next five years. Read more here.

25 Aug

Financial penalties for violating Texas pecan weevil quarantine increase this September

Growers and shellers who plan to move pecan products around Texas face increased financial penalties starting Sept. 1, 2021, if they violate the “quarantine or rule to protect pecans or pecan trees from diseases and pests.” This quarantine applies to pecan weevil as well.

The Texas Department of Agriculture encourages all industry members to familiarize themselves with the rules and changes. To read the full legislative language, see the Texas House Bill 3289 here.

According to the Texas Pecan Growers Association, the Texas Department of Agriculture continues to refine the penalty matrix for quarantine violations to add more clarity. Questions about the quarantine or rules should be directed to state's Department of Agriculture. TPGA is also available to assist industry members.

18 Aug

EPA bans chlorpyrifos use on food crops

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops due to its link to health problems in children. In a statement released on Aug. 18, the agency stated that it will also revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos, "which establish an amount of a pesticide that is allowed on food."

This decision comes in response to the Ninth Court's order directing EPA to issue a final rule in response to the 2007 petition filed by Pesticide Action Network North America and Natural Resources Defense Council. The petition requested that the EPA revoke all chlorpyrifos tolerances, or the maximum allowed residue levels in food, because those tolerances were not safe, in part due to the potential for neurodevelopmental effects in children.

“Today EPA is taking an overdue step to protect public health. Ending the use of chlorpyrifos on food will help to ensure children, farmworkers, and all people are protected from the potentially dangerous consequences of this pesticide,” EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan said in the statement. “After the delays and denials of the prior administration, EPA will follow the science and put health and safety first.”

This restriction on chlorpyrifos use on food follows similar actions taken by several other countries, including the European Union and Canada, and some states, including California, Hawaii, New York, Maryland, and Oregon.

The EPA said the agency will continue to review replacements and alternatives to chlorpyrifos.

11 Aug
Logo for H-E-B's Quest for Texas Best.

The Art of Pecan, Dripping Springs, Texas, Named Top 20 Finalist for the 2021 H-E-B Quest for Texas Best

SAN ANTONIO – More than 800 Texans threw their hats into the ring, submitting more than 1,200 products ready for the 2021 Quest for Texas Best. From books, beignets, and bottled water, to syrups, sausage, and seasonings, H-E-B’s Business Development and Sourcing Managers reviewed a host of products for potential placement on H-E-B store shelves. H-E-B is pleased to announce the top 20 contestants, who will present their products for final judging on August 25 to 26, 2021, at the San Antonio Food Bank. H-E-B Quest for Texas Best will adhere to all federal, state, and city health and safety guidelines.

A panel of judges, selected by H-E-B, will determine the four winning products and award $25,000 to the Grand Prize winner, the title of “Texas Best” and placement on store shelves; $20,000 to the first-place winner; $15,000 to the second-place winner and $10,000 to the third-place winner.


  • 1836 Farms
  • 2F Akaushi Beef
  • Adventures of Exo and Cy
  • BBs Season All
  • Bhoomi
  • Della Nonna
  • Gabrick Barbecue
  • FolliePop’s
  • Grillnade
  • Howdy Homemade
  • Imperfekt Bites
  • Jam-Tex Cuisine
  • La Casa de Mi Abuela
  • Live to Give Water
  • Olla express cafe
  • Park Lane Pantry
  • Savor Patisserie
  • The Art of Pecan
  • The Stroop Club
  • Yatab Mandazi

Now in its eighth year, H-E-B Quest for Texas Best has expanded its search for the finest foods and beverages in the Lone Star State to also include non-food items. In addition to food creators and innovators, Texas-based purveyors of beauty items, toys, home goods, household necessities, gardening supplies, coolers, and everything in between are now invited to join!

“We continue to be amazed at what Texans bring to the table and how their creations are received in stores,” said James Harris, Director, Diversity & Inclusion and Supplier Diversity, H-E-B. “The creativity and resiliency of our Lone Star food, and now non-food, creators have elevated this contest with another year of unbelievable stories and products.”

Since launching the contest in 2014, H-E-B has reviewed more than 4,500 samples of the most creative and mouthwatering Texas-made food and beverages, deemed more than 750 unique products worthy of shelf placement, and awarded nearly $1 million in prize money, marketing, supplemental support, and mentoring. Eligible products must not be available at any other large chain or retailer, and the vendors must be willing to sell exclusively to H-E-B. Additionally, Texas-based suppliers must also create, produce or co-pack the products in Texas.

About H-E-B

H-E-B, with sales of over $31 billion, operates more than 400 stores in Texas and Mexico. Known for its innovation and community service, H-E-B celebrates its 115th anniversary this year. Recognized for its fresh food, quality products, convenient services, and a commitment to environmental responsibility and sustainability, H-E-B strives to provide the best customer experience and lowest prices. Based in San Antonio, H-E-B employs over 135,000 Partners in Texas and Mexico and serves millions of customers in more than 300 communities. For more information, visit HEB.com and HEB.com/Newsroom.

6 Aug

California Pecan Growers announce 2021 Conference in September

The California Pecan Growers Association will host its 2021 Conference and Trade Show on Sept. 10 at the Rolling Hills Casino and Resort in Corning, California. To learn more about the conference, view the flyer below. The registration form for members can be found here, and that for vendors here. Flyer for California Pecan Growers Association's 2021 Conference

6 Aug

Arizona Pecan Growers prepare to gather at 2021 conference

The Arizona Pecan Growers Association prepares to welcome members and guests to its in-person 2021 Conference on August 26 and 27 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Reid Par. The conference will kick off with a Welcome Reception and will feature vendors, specializing in different fields in the pecan industry. For more information and registration, visit the APGA website here.

6 Aug

NPSA hosts 2021 Annual Meeting

The National Pecan Shellers Association will host its Annual Meeting on August 25 and 26, 2021, at The Brown Palace Hotel and Spae in Denver, Colorado. Registration is open. More details, including a schedule of events, can be found on the NPSA website.

14 Jul
TPGA's special 100-year anniversary logo

Texas Pecan Growers celebrate 100 years at 2021 conference

One of the oldest horticultural associations in the state, the Texas Pecan Growers Association (TPGA) celebrates a century as an organization this year at its 100th annual conference and trade show on July 18 to 21 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos Hotel Spa & Conference Center.

“Like so many, TPGA’s conference was canceled last year, so the industry has been eager to get back together,” says Blair Krebs, Executive Director of TPGA. “This year’s show provides attendees an opportunity to celebrate not only coming back together but also 100 years of rich Texas pecan history. The conference will have special events and items celebrating the association and the Texas state tree. Join us for an event 100 years in the making!”

This conference and trade show gives pecan growers from across the state and around the world a chance to gather and talk about all things pecans. During these four days, pecan growers will find camaraderie, visit with commercial exhibitors, and attend educational seminars and an orchard tour. The educational seminars cover topics ranging from food safety and sustainability to the pecan market to best orchard management practices. On the conference’s last day, participants will venture to Comal Pecan Farm in New Braunfels. A fifth-generation family farm, Comal Pecan Farm sits along the I-35 corridor and faces increased industrial and residential development.

“It’s the biggest event for pecan growers across the state,” says Krebs. “Harvest is only a few months away, and these four days build up the excitement for the upcoming crop.”

In addition to learning about best farming practices, TPGA conference attendees will also receive updates from several industry groups, attend networking events, mingle with product and service providers, and fundraise for research and advocacy projects.

6 Jul

USDA reopens voting period for pecan FMO referendum

The Agricultural Marketing Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on July 6, 2021, that it is reopening the voting period for the pecan Federal Marketing Order (FMO) referendum being conducted among eligible pecan growers across the Pecan Belt.

Learn more about the new voting period here.

16 Jun

USDA announces additional aid to ag producers and businesses in pandemic assistance for producers initiative

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2021—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. Earlier this year, Secretary Vilsack announced plans to use available pandemic assistance funds to address a number of gaps and disparities in previous rounds of aid. As part of the Pandemic Assistance initiative announced in March, USDA pledged to continue Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) payments and to provide aid to producers and businesses left behind. Implementation of the assistance announced today will continue within 60 days to include support to timber harvesters, biofuels, dairy farmers and processors, livestock farmers and contract growers of poultry, assistance for organic cost share, and grants for PPE.

“USDA is honoring its commitment to get financial assistance to producers and critical agricultural businesses, especially those left out or underserved by previous COVID aid,” said Secretary Vilsack. “These investments through USDA Pandemic Assistance will help our food, agriculture, and forestry sectors get back on track and plan for the future. Since January, USDA has provided more than $11 billion of assistance directly to producers and food and agriculture business.”

Read more about USDA Pandemic Assistance here.

15 Jun

USDA to begin payments for producers impacted by 2018 and 2019 natural disasters

Producers to Receive Assistance through the Quality Loss Adjustment Program and Additional Assistance through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus

WASHINGTON, June 11, 2021 – More than $1 billion in payments will be released over the next several weeks starting June 15 for agricultural producers with approved applications for the Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) Program and for producers who have already received payments through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+). These U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs provide disaster assistance to producers who suffered losses to 2018 and 2019 natural disasters.

Producers weathered some significant natural disasters in 2018 and 2019, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) provided support for crop value and production losses through QLA and crop quantity losses through WHIP+.

“From massive floods to winter storms, and from extreme drought to excess moisture, natural disaster events in 2018 and 2019 were exceptionally catastrophic for agricultural producers nationwide - many suffered the impacts of multiple events in not just one but both years,” said FSA Administrator Zach Ducheneaux. “FSA staff worked tirelessly for many months to develop and implement comprehensive disaster programs that meet the varying and unique needs of a large cross-section of U.S. production agriculture. QLA and the second round of WHIP+ assistance will provide much-needed assistance to help producers offset significant financial loss.”

Read more about these payments here.

24 May

Texas A&M awards pecan specialist the 2021 Distinguished Achievement

Dr. Larry Stein, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science and pecan specialist, is one of three faculty members that received high-level campus awards on May 24 from Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students. He is a long-time contributor to Pecan South and considered an authority on pecan production. Dr. Stein's research, work, and advice have helped Texas pecan growers remain competitive in the market. Read more about the award here.

18 May

TPGA opens registration for 100th Annual Conference

TPGA's special 100-year anniversary logo

Texas Pecan Growers Association opened online registration on Tuesday for its 100th Annual Conference and Trade Show. TPGA will host the convention in San Marcos, Texas, at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel Conference Center & Spa from July 18 to 21, 2021.

"At the 2021 conference, we’re featuring a variety of new activities and speakers with the hopes of providing you with both an educational and entertaining experience," TPGA wrote on its website. "Be sure to be on the lookout for conference registration packets to be sent out in the next few months. We look forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary with all of you this July."

The online registration includes a conference breakdown from TPGA, an agenda, and further information on special events and 100-year commemorative items. You can learn more about the TPGA 2021 conference on the association's website here.

10 May

First detection of pecan bud moth in Arizona

The Arizona Pest Management Center announced that the pecan bud moth, a species of leaf roller moth, has recently been observed in southeastern Arizona pecan orchards. This is the first time growers have reported this pest and expressed concerns about potential impacts to the crop. The center published a rapid communication to provide information on this potential pest and share management techniques. Growers are encouraged to review this information with their pest control advisor to determine what action, if any, is required.

Click here to read and download the complete publication on the Pecan Bud Moth in Arizona.

5 May

Potential Pest of Arizona Pecans: Rapid Communication

A mirid plant bug has been observed in high numbers on the catkins of some central Arizona pecan orchards. Multiple growers report this for the first time and have expressed concerns about potential impacts to the crop. Arizona Pest Management Center published this rapid communication to provide the limited knowledge we have about this potential pest. Growers are encouraged to review this information with their pest control advisor to determine what action, if any, is required.

Click here to read and download the complete publication on what appears to be a species of clouded plant bug in the genus Neurocolpus. 

5 May

USDA reopens signup for CFAP 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on May 4, 2021, that it is reopening the signup period for its Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.

Producers can apply for CFAP 2 at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices. This program offers direct relief to pecan growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. CFAP's financial assistance is designed to give producers the ability to absorb increased marketing costs associated with the pandemic. Producers will be compensated for ongoing market disruptions and assisted with the associated marketing costs.

To find your local FSA office, visit this webpage.

14 Apr
Cover for 2021 issue of Pieces of Pecan

New Pecan Magazine Debuts on National Pecan Day

The American pecan industry’s official trade magazine, Pecan South, debuts a new free consumer magazine all about pecans on April 14, 2021, this National Pecan Day. Anyone can access this new magazine, called Pieces of Pecan, online for free here.

“This National Pecan Day we wanted to bridge the great divide between pecan farmers and the average consumer, while also celebrating America’s native nut in a new and exciting way,” says Blair Krebs, Publisher of Pecan South. “Pieces of Pecan shares our favorite nut with anyone interested in learning more about pecans.”

Published by the pecan industry’s official trade magazine, Pieces of Pecan is a 56-page special edition that features fresh recipes and an article on pecan’s health benefits, as well as a Q&A with a sommelier on pairing wine and pecans, a profile on a pecan farming family, and a sit-down with author and chef Lara Lyn Carter.

Pieces of Pecan will be published annually and will always be available for free online for digital download. Printed copies are also available for purchase.

“We hope that this magazine will serve as both a tool for growers to connect with their customers and a source of inspiration for foodies and chefs,” Krebs says.

25 Mar

OPGA hosts 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show

Oklahoma Pecan Growers Association will host its 2021 Annual Conference and Trade Show in Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, from June 10 to 12.

If you have questions or want more information, please contact OPGA at [email protected] or 580-279-0357.

16 Mar

USDA seeks comments on “climate-smart agriculture strategy”

On January 27, 2021, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The executive order states, "America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners have an important role to play in combating the climate crisis and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, by sequestering carbon in soils, grasses, trees, and other vegetation and sourcing sustainable bioproducts and fuels."

This order directs the Secretary of Agriculture to collect stakeholder input on a climate-smart agriculture and forestry strategy. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will then consider this public input when it prepares recommendations to expand climate-smart agriculture and forestry practices and systems.

USDA specified that it is interested in comments in response to the topics, categories, and questions shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of its notice on the U.S. Federal Register. The deadline for comment is April 29, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

To participate and provide input to the USDA, please visit the U.S. Federal Register through this link.

12 Mar

Penn State Extension survey focuses on safety and health needs of farmers

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension has developed an online survey to gather input from farm owners and workers on their educational needs regarding safety and health on their farms.

The survey, which will be online at https://extension.psu.edu/ag-safety-survey through April 30, asks farm managers, operators, staff, and those who work in agriculture about their educational needs relating to youth safety, equipment safety, mental health, farm fires, and related agricultural safety and health topics.

The Penn State Extension Ag Safety and Health team is looking forward to collecting input from farm operators, managers, owners, and staff.

8 Mar

FAIR Act study examines the APC’s effectiveness

In a memorandum sent out on March 8, 2021, the executive director of the American Pecan Council shared the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act Study that was conducted on the FMO with American pecan industry members.

Every five years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requires Federal Marketing Orders (FMOs) to conduct a Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform (FAIR) Act study to ensure that the industry’s resources are being utilized in an efficient and effective manner. Additionally, this study has to be conducted by a third independent party to ensure that there is no bias in the study. The study was conducted by Texas A&M University and concluded last month. According to the Executive Summary:

The primary conclusion from the promotion analysis is that, despite its relatively recent launch, the American Pecan Council has effectively enhanced domestic and export demand for U.S. pecans over 2016/17 through 2019/20 through its generic promotion activities and generated a relatively high rate of return to pecan producers who have paid for the promotion over that period. The principal accomplishment of the APC domestic and export promotion program has been to support the annual average producer price of pecans about 24¢/lb (11%) above the level to which it might have fallen over the period of 2016/17 through 2019/20 if the promotion had not been done. Given APC promotion expenditures (including MAP funds but excluding administrative costs), the benefit-cost ratio for the APC promotion program for 2016/17 through 2019/20 is calculated at 9.9, meaning that the promotion returned $9.9 in profit to pecan producers for every dollar spent on promotion.

"This is great news as the study shows that the federal marketing order is working, in just 4 short years," APC Executive Director Alex Ott stated in the memorandum. A copy of the complete report can be found here.

The APC invites all those with questions to please contact the Council office at (817) 916-0200.

2 Mar
Line graph charts industry data on pecan shipments by month for 2018, 2019, and 2020 crop years.

January 2021 Position Report Shows Post-Holiday Slump

The American Pecan Council published the January 2021 Pecan Industry Position Report at the end of February, adding further context to a turbulent crop year and providing data on exports, inventory, and availability.

Read Pecan South's full analysis of the recent position reports here.

2 Mar

USDA Releases Pecan Cold Storage for February

The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases its Cold Storage Report for January 2021 at the end of February. The report includes regional and national end-of-month stocks on tree nuts, including pecans, in public, private, and semi-private refrigerated warehouses. Additionally, it provides the record highs years and quantities for pecans in cold storage.

For a full copy of the latest release of the Cold Storage Report, as well as past releases, click this link.

USDA NASS also published the Cold Storage 2020 Summary. For a full copy of the latest release of the Cold Storage Annual Report, as well as past releases, visit this page.

26 Feb
A row of dormant pecan trees on a farm in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The sun is setting and casts a orangey haze across the property and the mountains in the distance. Pecan growers gathered at this orchard after the 2018 WPGA conference.

WPGA Webinar Series Begins on March 8th

The Western Pecan Growers Association (WPGA) hosts its first webinar of a new Quarterly Webinar Series on March 8, 2021. WPGA offers this series exclusively to its 2021 registered members. The first webinar will begin at 10 a.m. (MST). Attendees will hear industry updates and a presentation on pecan nut casebearer control. The deadline to register for this first webinar is March 5, 2021.

Each webinar in the quarterly series will be approximately two hours and provide a CEU credit. These events will feature a variety of educational presentations, updates from pecan state organizations within the western growing region, marketing updates, etc.

The March 8th WPGA webinar will feature an hour-long presentation on controlling pecan nut casebearer. Attendees will qualify for one CEU. Future webinars will also cover seasonal-related pest control. The second hour of the webinar will feature presentations from industry organizations. WPGA's first webinar includes industry updates from the West Texas Pecan Association and Bob Redding with the National Pecan Federation. Future webinars will include other industry updates and updates from each state represented by the Western Pecan Growers Association.

Sign up to receive updates from WPGA by emailing [email protected].

25 Feb
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

USDA Seeks Nominees for American Pecan Promotion Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) seeks nominations for the American Pecan Promotion Board (APPB) under the newly established Pecan Promotion, Research, and Information Order. APPB nominations are due by March 26, 2021.

The 17-member board will consist of 10 producers and seven importers. The 10 producer members will be allocated between three regions within the United States: three from the Eastern Region, three from the Central Region, and four from the Western Region.  Seven members will be importers. USDA will assign initial board members’ terms of office of two, three, and four years to stagger future terms of office. Each member’s term will begin when USDA approves the nominations.

To serve on the board, producers and importers must have produced or imported more than 50,000 pounds of inshell pecans (25,000 pounds of shelled pecans) on average for four fiscal periods. Producers who produce pecans in more than one region may seek nomination only in the region in which they produce the majority of their pecans.

The order specifies that nominations for producer member seats will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by the American Pecan Council, the 17-member federal marketing order governing body. If you are interested in serving as a producer member, please submit your nominations to [email protected]. You may also contact Jeff Smutny at (817) 916-0020.

USDA is conducting nominations for importer members. Please submit nominations to Patricia Petrella at [email protected].

For more information about the program, visit the AMS American Pecan Promotion Board webpage or contact USDA Promotion and Economics Division Deputy Director, Patricia Petrella, at (301) 337-5295 or [email protected].

AMS policy is that the diversity of the board should reflect the diversity of their industries in the experience of members, methods of production and distribution, marketing strategies, and other distinguishing factors that will bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. When submitting nominations for the APPB, the industry must consider the diversity of the population served and the members' knowledge, skills, and abilities to serve a diverse population.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight to 22 boards. The oversight ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity and is paid for by industry assessments.

22 Feb
A wideshot of two rows of mature pecan trees in New Roads, Louisiana.

TriState 2021 Pecanference—Canceled

The boards of the Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi Pecan Growers Associations have canceled the June 2021 TriState Pecanference. Louisiana Pecan Growers Association announced the decision in an email on Feb. 19. The LPGA board of directors made this decision unanimously.  According to the email, there will be an effort to study the possibility of replacing the TriState meeting with some sort of virtual lectures and meetings. LPGA welcomes feedback on this subject from producers, speakers, and exhibitors. To submit feedback or get more information, please email [email protected].

31 Jul

Georgia Pecan Growers Association Conference – Virtual

The Georgia Pecan Growers Association will host its Annual Conference virtually, due to the ongoing pandemic. Dates and details TBA. Please visit their website for more information about registration and the conference.

28 Jul

Alabama Pecan Growers Annual Meeting — Postponed

Alabama Pecan Growers Assoc. has postponed its Annual Meeting and Educational Conference. Date to be decided. For questions and concerns, contact Cathy Browne via email. More details at alabamapecangrowers.com.

10 Jul

2020 NPSA Annual Meeting – Virtual Event

National Pecan Shellers Association announced that it will not host its 2020 Annual Meeting in-person in Denver, Colorado, instead the event will be held virtually on September 16 and 17. In a release to industry members, NPSA wrote that it made this decision to protect the safety of all members during this time when we continue to face a serious health threat. In the coming weeks, it plans to release more information about the 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, including details about the format, registration, schedule, etc.

4 Jul

Pecan Congress – Zoom Conference Meeting

Due to national concerns regarding the coronavirus and after receiving feedback from industry members, the American Pecan Council decided to host its biennial Pecan Congress as a Zoom Conference meeting on August 19. To reiterate, the APC will no longer meet at the DFW Hyatt for the congress or its August meeting but will host it via conference call on August 19. As we get closer to that date, the APC will release more details on the call-in. If you have questions, please contact the Council office at 817-916-0020.

26 Jun

Arizona Pecan Growers Assoc. — Webinar

Arizona Pecan Growers Association has canceled its Annual Conference and instead will be publishing a webinar with speaker presentations and materials on August 28. More information can be found on its website.

1 Jun

TPGA 2020 Conference – Webinar

Texas Pecan Growers 99th Annual Conference & Trade Show has been canceled. In its place, TPGA will be hosting a webinar and other online resources. Visit tpga.org for details.

24 Mar

Alabama Pecan Growers Summer Tour – Postponted

Alabama Pecan Growers Assoc. Summer Tour will be held on Aug. 11 in Tallassee, AL. More details at alabamapecangrowers.com.