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Proposed Pecan Grades Commenting Extended

The commenting period for the newly proposed pecan standards for in-shell and shelled pecans has been extended to September 7, 2022, to allow more pecan growers and packers time to review and comment on the newly proposed standards.

The Pecan Shellers Association proposed new standards for the grading of pecans. The newly proposed standards would change how both in-shell pecans and shelled pecans are graded and classified.

The proposed changes are confusing to say the least. Currently, there has been a set of rules drafted that has caused considerable excitement among shellers and handlers that say the first set of proposed changes are incorrect and not applicable to the industry.

There has been a set of amendments added to the proposed changes, and most commenters on the USDA site as well as shellers seem to support the amended set of rules. The issues were discussed briefly at the July 27th APC meeting in Dallas Texas and again most staff and participants showed support for the amended documents to the proposed rules.

The originally proposed changes combined in-shell and shelled pecans into one set of standards and grading procedures. The amendments offer a separate set of rules for in-shell and shelled pecan classifications and grading procedures.

The documents can be viewed at the links below and growers, shellers, brokers, handlers and anyone involved in the pecan industry is encourage to review the proposed changes and make comments on the USDA website.

These potential changes were drafted by a small group of shellers but will affect thousands of growers across the US if implemented, you should familiarize yourself with the current standards and review the proposed changes and ask questions if inclined.


Use link below to review proposed changes to pecan standards:



Use links below to review current pecan grading docs: