Proposed rules could affect pecan growers

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Associated Press

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Proposed federal regulations under the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act could have a major effect on pecan growers' operations.

LSU AgCenter Associate Vice Chancellor Rogers Leonard says among that the proposed regulations is one that would prevent cattle grazing in pecan orchards within nine months before a pecan crop is harvested. This would effectively eliminate cattle grazing in orchards.

Leonard says the new rules likely will increase producers' costs for production.

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