Georgia Public Broadcasting – A Tough Nut to Crack – Pecan Farmers Push For Better Marketing


HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. China is hungry for American pecans and other American tree nuts, such as almonds and walnuts. The export market for U.S. farmers has grown from $77 million in 2000 to over a billion dollars in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Some of them wind up in a couple of candy places here in Georgia, but I would say 60 percent of ours are shipped overseas,” says Thomas L. Mason, a pecan farmer in Houston County.

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