Rep. Wilhour: Carlyle Farmer Highlighted for Pecan Crop “Hobby Turned into a Business”

CARLYLE — Pecans are a long-term commitment, with 13 years from planting trees to harvest. It is a commitment that paid off for Karen and Ralph Voss.

“We are making money at it,” Ralph Voss told those attending a pecan workshop in mid-January at the Everything Local conference in Springfield, Illinois.

The corn and soybean farmers first got into the pecan business to diversify their farm in Clinton County. When they started, they focused on the native pecan trees, and over the years have grafted and developed an operation that also features modern varieties.

“His hobby turned into a business,” Karen Voss said.

You may read the full St. Louis Post-Dispatch – STL Today article by Phyllis Coulter HERE.

Karen Voss of Voss Pecans answers questions about pecan growing in Illinois in January during the Everything Local conference in Springfield, IL. Photo Credit: Phyllis Coulter, FARM WEEK.