Everett Griner talks about the effect a tariff will have on the pecan crop in today’s Agri View. Everett has some interesting facts, and a bit of history, about the pecan.
There are a lot of tree nuts grown in the United States. The pecan is the only one that is native to this country. Did you know that? Almonds are an Asian crop. Pistachios came from the Middle East. I don’t know about walnuts, but they came from somewhere else.
The pecan is on the fast track to become one of the worlds best sellers. In 2012 the U.S. crop was worth about $6 billion dollars. The United States is no longer the only country where pecans are gaining market. Growth in production is rapidly rising in South Africa, Mexico, and Australia. All is not well for the future of the U.S. crop. China, our biggest importer, has it on it’s possible list of tariff products.
There is a lot more I could tell you but I think you get the idea.
By the way, pecan is a French word that means ‘hard nut’.
That’s Agri View for today. I’m Everett Griner…