WPGA Scholarship

WPGA is looking for agriculture students interested in pecans.

Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy

The battle of the best pecan recipe is on!

A Word from WPGA

The Western Pecan Growers Association would like to thank our Members, Sponsors, and Vendors for helping us make the 2022 Conference and Equipment Trade Show a success. The WPGA Conference and Trade show has grown exponentially since its inception in 1966. Since then, we have become a leading force in providing our members with the most recent updates from pecan state organizations within the western growing region, marketing updates, pecan research, pest and disease management, the latest innovative products, equipment, and professional services geared towards the pecan industry. We look forward to many more years of serving our members.

WPGA Membership

WPGA Memberships are still available.

WPGA Membership

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WPGA Membership – $125.00 USD

Vendor Membership – $125.00 USD

2022 Memberships are good until March 1st of 2023. Online registration will end on December 31, 2022.

Registration renewals will resume in January for the 2023 WPGA Conference and Trade Show Membership.

Membership Details

The WPGA Board is now offering new ways to provide information and education services as part of our ongoing commitment to our membership:

  • A Quarterly Email Newsletter will be sent out to all our members to provide industry updates, extension/research reports, and communication from our board members.
  • Pecan Advocacy in Washington D.C. through National Pecan Federation (NPF), as well as marketing benefits from the American Pecan Council (APC) and US Pecan Growers Council (USPGC). Restrictions apply to international addresses.

  • WPGA membership includes Subscriptions to 3 Pecan Grower Magazines.

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Your WPGA Board is consistently working on other ways we can provide opportunities for outreach, education, and connecting with our membership.  Please visit our site frequently to stay up to date.  Please contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to assist you.

If you would like to make a donation to WPGA, please click on the donate button. Please retain your receipt for your records.

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Visit our blog for all award-winning pecan recipes.

Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Pecan Bread

Best of Show and 1st place in Youth Yeast Bread by Jenna Schoeppner   Dutch Oven Jalapeno Cheddar Pecan Bread Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 22 minutes Total Time: 4 hours Yield: 8-10 Ingredients...

2022 Results

Quick Bread   1st place Adult- Quick Breads- Apple Pecan Streusel Bread- Elena Tirre 2nd place Adult- Quick Breads Maple Pecan Pie Muffins- Julia Scheiderich 3rd place Adult- Quick Breads Banana...

Turtle Cupcakes

2nd Place Winner- Adult Cupcake Submitted by: Shirley Gonzales   Turtle Cupcakes 1 German chocolate cake mix 14 oz caramels 1/2 c. evaporated milk 3/4 c. melted butter 2 c. nuts 1 c. semi-sweet...

Caliente Snickerdoodles

  Submitted by: Deborah Juarez 1st Place Adult Drop Cookie     DOUGH: All-purpose flour 7 oz Baking powder 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, grounded 1 tsp ginger, grounded 1/2 tsp Pecans, ground 1/2...

Upside Down Pecan Cake

Submitted by: Ella Gamache 1st Place Un-Iced Cake- Youth   Ingredients • 1 cup unsalted butter, divided • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar • 1/4 cup light corn syrup • 1/4 teaspoon salt • 1...

Chocolate Pecan Bars

Submitted by: Abby Eden 1st Place Bar Cookie- Adult   Ingredients Cookie Layers 3/4 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla 1 1/2 cup flour 3/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder 1...

Italian Cream Cake

Submitted by: Elizabeth Gravenstein 1st Place Iced Cakes- Youth Servings : 12 Author : Melissa Sperka Ingredients 2 cup all-purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 cup salted butter...

Carmelitas Carmelas Chocolate Rojo

  Submitted by: Sana Handley 1st Place Candy- Adult   2 cups sugar 2 cups brown sugar 2 cups dark corn syrup 2 cups butter 4 cups heavy cream 4 tablespoons vanilla 4 cups pecans Salt Dark...

Pecan Banana Muffins

Submitted by: Marianne Davis 1st Place Quick Breads- Adult   Flour 1 3/4 Cup Baking Powder 2 3/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Shortening 1/3 cup Sugar 2/3 cup Eggs 2, beaten slightly Banana 1 cup, very...

Pecan Pie

Submitted by: John Tucker Traditional Pecan Pie- Youth   Crust 3 cups flour ½ tsp salt 1 ¼ cup vegetable shortening, cubed 1 large egg 5-6 Tbsp. cold water 1 tsp distilled white vinegar Combine...

Pecan Balls

By: Ella Gamache 1/2 c. Unsalted Butter 1 c. Flour 1 heaping c. Pecans 2 Tbsp. Sugar 1/4 tsp. Salt Preheat oven to 275 degrees. Cream the softened butter, sugar and flour. Fold in the pecans and...

More Fun Pecan Facts

The first documented evidence of nut consumption occurred around 7,000 BC, during the Stone Age. Many varieties of pecan are alternate-bearing. This means that one year the tree will produce large...

Aunt Panny’s Toffee

By: Holy Norsworthy 2 c. Salted Butter 2 c. Sugar 1/4 c. Water 2 Tbsp. White Corn Syrup 12 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 1/2 c. Chopped Pecans Melt butter over low heat. Add sugar, water and syrup....

Guidelines for Traditional Pecan Pies

Karin Davidson Pecan Food Fantasy Contest Sponsored by Western Pecan Growers Association   Guidelines for Traditional Pecan Pies Please use the following guidelines if you are entering a...

Pecan Delight Macarons

Submitted by: Debora Juarez Best of Show & 1st Place Other Cookie- Adult   COOKIE: Almond flour, room temperature 6 oz Pecans, ground 3 oz Corn starch 2 tsp Cocoa powder 2 tsp Powder sugar...

Cinnamon Apple and Pecan Cheesecake

Submitted by: Emily Willis Outstanding Adult & 1st Place     1 ½ c finely crushed shortbread cookies (about 5 ounces)   1/2 c finely crushed candied pecans (plus 1/2 c to decorate...

Pecan Banana Muffins

Submitted by: Marianne Davis 1st Place Quick Breads- Adult   Flour 1 3/4 Cup Baking Powder 2 3/4 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Shortening 1/3 cup Sugar 2/3 cup Eggs 2, beaten slightly Banana 1 cup, very...

Pecan Pie

Submitted by: John Tucker Traditional Pecan Pie- Youth   Crust 3 cups flour ½ tsp salt 1 ¼ cup vegetable shortening, cubed 1 large egg 5-6 Tbsp. cold water 1 tsp distilled white vinegar Combine...

Chocolate Chip Cookie Waffles

Submitted by: John Tucker Outstanding Youth ½ cup shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup brown sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1 ½ cup flour ½ tsp baking soda ½ tsp salt ½ cup chopped pecans 1 ounce package...

Traditional Pecan Pie- Adult

Submitted by: Abby Eden 1st Place Traditional Pecan Pie- Adult Ingredients Crust 1 1/4 cup flour 1 tsp salt 4Tbsp shortening 4 Tbsp butter 1/4 cup ice water   Pecan Filling 2 cups coarsely...

Cinnamon Apple and Pecan Cheesecake

Submitted by: Emily Willis Outstanding Adult & 1st Place     1 ½ c finely crushed shortbread cookies (about 5 ounces)   1/2 c finely crushed candied pecans (plus 1/2 c to decorate...

Western Pecan Growers Association Scholarship

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Scholarship

Are you a passionate student with an interest in pecans? The WPGA Is offering a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate students. Tell us about yourself and you might be eligible for a scholarship from the WPGA.

WPGA Scholarship News

Scholarship winners will be announced here.

2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Tyler Driscoll Tyler is currently an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing his degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Real Estate and a Certificate in Food Industry Management.

2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

Tyler Driscoll Tyler is currently an undergraduate at Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing his degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Real Estate and a Certificate in Food Industry Management.

2020 Undergraduate Scholarship Recipient

James Robinson  - James is a high school graduate that is planning on attending New Mexico State University.

2020 Graduate Scholarship Recipient

Katherine Arnold  - Katherine is currently a graduate student at New Mexico State University pursuing her Masters Degree.  Her graduate research is focused on the chemical ecology of the pecan weevil, a quarantined pest that can cause significant economic damage to...