Farmers: Weather great for peanut harvest

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer Kenneth Cox dumps a load of freshly harvested peanuts into a trailer Wednesday evening southeast of Dora. Cox said the crop is average this year. He expects to be done harvesting in about three days. By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico This summer’s weather has had an effect on the […]

Peanut Valley Festival set for weekend

By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The 35th annual Peanut Valley Festival will be held this weekend at the Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University. Event organizers hope the good weather forecast for the weekend will draw a large turnout for this year’s festival. There will be 65 vendors selling arts and crafts, […]

Ag center hosting peanut field day

CNJ staff The Agricultural Science Center of Clovis will have its annual Peanut Field Day on Monday. Registration will be at the Eastern New Mexico University Farm in Portales from 8 a.m. 8:30 a.m. A tour led by Paxton Payton, a physiologist for the USDA-ARS, cropping systems research lab in Lubbock will begin at 8:45 […]

Businesses work to offer variety of flavors

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Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield Portales resident Robert Locke picks up a jar of peanut butter at Sunland Peanuts’ retail store outside of Portales in April. Sunland produces several different flavors and types of peanut butter. Freedom New Mexico: Mickey Winfield When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on […]

Researchers working to develop less-allergenic peanut

By Naveen Puppala: Ag Sense Peanuts are the most allergenic food known, capable of triggering severe adverse reactions in sensitized individuals. Around 1.5 million people are allergic to peanuts, and peanut allergies cause as many as 100 deaths each year in the U.S. The number of children having an allergic reaction to peanuts has increased […]

Dec. 2 Club Notes

Curry County Federated Republican Women The Curry County Federated Republican Women meeting was held at Dakota’s Steakhouse. Sunland Peanuts representatives Garvin Chandler and Katalin Coburn gave an interesting insight into local business as well as the impact of new developments in the peanut industry. These developments include a number of new flavors of peanut butter […]

Rodents don’t deserve bad reputation

By Grant McGee: Local columnist It’s getting about that time for rats and mice to start making their way into our homes to keep warm. It’s been a couple of years since I’ve seen a Clovis mouse. I’ve never seen a Clovis rat, but I bet Clovis rats would be normal sized compared to the […]

Researchers seek to end peanut rot

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Researcher Saum Sanogo is working to develop more organic methods to treat pod rot in peanuts. Beneficial microbes for seed treatment and botanical extracts, such as garlic and chili plant extracts, are being studied to determine if they could prove to be beneficial to the peanut community, according to Sanogo, […]

Drought-tolerant peanuts researched

By Naveen Puppala: Ag sense While peanuts have been a longtime success story in eastern New Mexico, researchers at New Mexico State University’s Agricultural Experiment Station at Clovis and fellow scientists are working to help the best get better. Peanuts are an important legume crop with the seed itself composed of approximately 24 percent protein. […]

Business Digest: Sorghum growers meeting slated

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor New Mexico Grain Sorghum Association will hold its annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. March 13 at the Jacob Lopez Building at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds, according to an association announcement. Mark Marsalis, extension agronomy specialist with the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Clovis, will give an […]

Salmonella scare

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Stansell’s Thriftway removed its supply of Peter Pan peanut butter Thursday after hundreds of cases of salmonella led to a nationwide recall. Officials are looking into a suspected salmonella case in Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Officials from several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of […]

Ag Sense: Organic peanut production flourishes

Naveen Puppala: Ag Sense Consumer preference has changed, and more and more people are buying organic products from the grocery stores. In the United States, only 2 percent of the food supply is grown using organic methods. The reward for organic production can be high for those who make the effort. Valencia peanut growers earn […]

Peanut crop pleases farmers

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Recent sightings of peanut trailers coming in from the fields to be off-loaded at the local peanut mills means it’s harvest time again. Sunland, Inc. CEO Jimmie Shearer said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting to […]

ENMU going nuts about fund-raising

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University and Sunland Peanuts officials have decided to throw peanuts at the task of raising scholarship money at the university — a whole bunch of peanuts. At a press conference Friday, the Peanut Project Program was formally launched. “Investing in Education: One peanut at a time” is […]

Sept. 5, 2006 Business Briefs

Cattle Feeders holding convention The Texas Cattle Feeders Association will hold its annual convention Oct.11-13 at the Amarillo Civic Center, according to a TCFA news release. The group and the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will meet jointly as TSCRA convenes for its quarterly board and committee meetings, the release said. TCFA and TSCRA […]

Gas tax repeal good first step for New Mexico

By Ned Cantwell About every third day some well-intentioned soul sends me an e-mail forward, the intent of which is to suggest I should be thankful it costs only $67.87 to fill up my small pickup. Well, I am not grateful, so stick that in your tank. The idea, I think, is to remind me […]

Age lends perspective to Christmas

By Grant McGee: Local Columnist I saw Santa Claus in downtown Clovis last Saturday. I know he was Santa Claus because his long white beard was real, he was in his suit and he was jolly. I asked Santa if he liked the 7Up and Ritz crackers with peanut butter I left out for him […]

Peanut Valley Festival features mixture of vendors, entertainment

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. “We’ve bought lots of things: dolls, jewelry, I got a flu shot,” said Sylvia Shot, of Clovis. “We don’t (ever) miss it, we really enjoy it.” […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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Janice Lee looks over some of the string-hair doll crafts she’ll have on display today and tomorrow at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence) By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They […]

Peanut Valley Festival begins this weekend

Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Every year in late October, the town of Portales uses the Eastern New Mexico University campus to go a little nuts. This year, there is also a chance to turn back the clock. The Office of Student Activities and Organizations at ENMU is putting on the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival […]