Comments on the Future
The Texas Pecan Board has been around since August 1998. It is a Texas State Legislature Approved Checkoff Program meaning that all pecan growers in the state of Texas must participate in order that “all participate” to help and support anything pecan in Texas.
Checkoff programs exist because growers (not buyers or shellers) decided that they were better off if they all cooperate to do promotion, research, education and marketing – TOGETHER! The Texas Pecan Board like every other commodity board in Texas (beef, corn, sorghum, peanuts, etc.) is a state agency representing your commodity. We operate as a state agency under the umbrella of the Texas Department of Agriculture. They (TDA), oversee our assessment collection, our elections, our meetings, our budget, even our checking accounts to ensure that we spend your money properly and wisely.
Checkoff programs can have a lot of power and authority in an industry because they are a state agency and are a part of state government but they must have grower support to accomplish anything. Checkoff programs are the purest form of grower cooperation and USDA economic research consistently shows that for every $1 invested you get as much as $18 in return.
Currently, we are in a budget crisis. We are not broke and we don't have debt, but what we do have is momentum with Texas consumers, pecan food manufacturers and pecan retailers. Wild Hive, our marketing firm, has worked hard for us to make a difference in the Texas pecan world and we all hate to see it stop. We have lots of pecan production problems we need to solve and we have marketing issues that just won’t go away. Now is not the time to back up or even slow down. Please don't be part of the problem, send in your assessments and be part of the solution!
Texas Pecan Crop Assessments
80 individual growers submitted assessments on the 2018 Texas Pecan Crop. These 80 growers paid in $113,501.03 in assessments on 22,700,206 pounds of pecans. This represents just 67% of the total Texas crop in 2018 of 33,600,000 pounds. In 2017, 63 growers paid $42,901.10 in assessments on 8,580,220 pounds of pecans. In 2017 this represented 18% of the total Texas Crop of over 49,000,000 pounds.
In 2018, of the $113,501.03 paid by 80 growers in assessments, 6 individual growers paid in $77,776.23 or just over 68.5% of the total. Of all growers that paid assessments in 2018, there were requests for refunds of $44,794.77 or 39.5% of all payments. 94% of the $44,794.77 refund amount was requested by two of the 6 growers. There is every indication by those growers that this will continue.
So far in 2019 there has been assessment payments totaling $15,925.96 representing 3,185,192 pounds of pecans paid by 14 Texas growers. Of the $15,925.96, $3,290.26 has been refunded or 21%.