Welcome to the Arizona Pecan Growers Association

The 25th annual conference begins August 27-28, 2020
All presentations will be streamed on demand!

Harvesting Knowledge

Conference proceedings will encompass topics on Marketing, Economics, Cultural, Pest, Disease, Mineral Nutrition and Soil Health.

Growing Together

Annual Conference August 27-28, 2020
State Recertification

Cholesterol Treatments in a Nutshell

Eating pecans will lower your cholesterol!

Thank You for Visiting the Arizona Pecan Growers Association Webpage!

Due to the coronavirus outbreak the Arizona Pecan Growers Association will be streaming the conference presentations on demand.

Join the Zoom Q & A with Harold Payne at 1:00 pm on Friday, August 28th.

The 2020 APGA Conference has gone Digital

The 25th APGA conference will be streamed on demand beginning August 27th 2020. Join us online for on-demand keynotes and presentations. The conference outlines the latest pecan research, update on the latest technology, and ongoing educational credits for pecan farmers. The conference will also feature vendors specializing in the pecan industry.


2020 Presentations

The Arizona Pecan Growers Association on-demand video presentations will be available August 27th through September 11th.

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Alex Ott

Alex Ott

(American Pecan Council)




Alex Ott will be giving an update on how the Council has been securing the future of America's Original Native Supernut.

Dr. Alex Jiahuai Hu

Dr. Alex Hu

(University of Arizona)


Southwest Pecan Disease


Dr. Hu will be covering common southwest pecan diseases and specifically how to identify and treat them. He will also give an update on his ongoing efforts in Arizona pecan disease research.

Dr. Jim Walworth

Dr. Jim Walworth (University of Arizona)


Response of Immature Pecans to Phosphorus Fertilization


World-renowned Dr. Jim Walworth will be addressing new findings in soil & nutrition of pecan in the southwest. He will also be sharing updates in current on-going research of Arizona pecans.

Dr. Jennifer Randall

Dr. Jennifer Randall

(New Mexico State University)


Pecan Genetic Tools Emerging


Dr. Jennifer Randall and her team is making a mark in pecan genetics and embarking on revolutionizing a way for producers and pecan research leaders alike to have tools at their disposal for pecan cultivar selections. She will be giving an update on the progress thus far.

Dr. Richard Heerema

Richard Heerema

(Pecan Specialist New Mexico State University)


Environmental Stress on Pecan Development


As the Extension Pecan Specialist, Dr. Richard Heerema's primary interest and responsibility is in the area of Integrated Pecan Orchard Management.

John Caravetta

Dr. Jeremy Weiss

Dr. Jeremy Weiss (University of Arizona)


State of the Climate for Arizona Pecan


Dr. Weiss will be addressing climate, monsoon projections and future considerations in effect of pecan development.

Mark Hendrixson CPGA President

Dari Duval

(University of Arizona Analyst in Agriculture Resource Economics)


Arizona Nut Tree Industry Economy


Dari Duval is presenting a summary of the Arizona nut tree industry economics evaluation project completed in 2019. The project was supported by an Arizona Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops Block Grant her and UArizona Ag Economics team procured.

Dr. Richard Heerema

Josh Sherman

(University of Arizona Extension Commercial Horticulture Agent)


Measuring Water Stress Accurately


Joshua Sherman will be sharing information and demonstrating techniques for measuring water stress in pecan trees.

John Caravetta

John Caravetta

(Director of Plant Services Division, Arizona Department of Agriculture)

Presented by:Josh Shermanz


Arizona Pecan Pest Update


John Caravetta is addressing the current state of the Plant Services Division and their efforts in protecting the pecan industry in the southwest. He will also be giving an update on the pecan weevil quarantine program.








In The News


On Friday, Alex released new figures on food consumption preferences during the quarantine. He also gave information on the quality assurance program and the USDA’s nut purchase, in that, there is more to come in terms of the purchase . . .

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U of A Extension Plant Sciences Pecan Resources

UofA Extensions is dedicated to the ongoing research and education on pecans.

University of Arizona

U of A Extension

Commercial Horticulture Agent

Josh Sherman


(520) 766-3603


University of Arizona

U of A Extension Maricopa Ag Center

Specialist, Entomology

Peter Ellsworth

Entomology Specialist

(520) 374-6225


University of Arizona

U of A School of Plant Sciences

Specialist, Plant Pathology

Alex Hu

Plant Pathology Specialist


University of Arizona

U of A School of Plant Sciences


Specialist, Weed Science 

Bill McCloskey

Environmental Science


University of Arizona

U of A Environmental Science


Specialist, Soil Science

James Walworth

Environmental Science