Produce-ing profits

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CNJ Staff Photo: Gabriel Monte Sonya Burson and Harrison Bentley sell spaghetti squash, grown from Burson’s farm in Portales, at the Clovis Farmers Market. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Aside from learning languages, Zigrid Steinbergs, 82, spends most of his time in his two acres of land in Portales tilling the soil. “I’ve been growing […]

Ethanol boom raises intriguing questions

By Robert Hagevoort: Ag Sense The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard requires U.S. fuel production to include a minimum amount of renewable fuels, starting at 4 billion gallons in 2006, and reaching 7.5 billion gallons in 2012. In addition, starting in 2013, the renewable fuels must include a minimum of 250 million gallons […]

Ag Sense: Consortium looks to increase dairy business

By G. Robert Hagevoort: ENMU diary specialist Eastern New Mexico and West Texas have seen tremendous growth in the dairy industry in the last several years. New Mexico ranks seventh in the nation in milk production, and will soon take over the No. 6 spot behind classic dairy states such as Wisconsin, California and Pennsylvania. […]

Career grocer takes reins of commissary

By Tom Philpott: Military Update After 140 years, the tradition of a career military officer being in charge of commissary stores, and how groceries are stocked and sold on base, is over. Patrick B. Nixon, a career grocer and a senior civilian executive of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) since its formation 15 years ago, […]

Market offers fresh veggies, fruit

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Joe and Laurie Haseloff of Farwell load their pickup truck with watermelons and cantaloupes Friday evening to take to the Clovis Farmer Market that opens today at Pile and Fourth streets. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer THE FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATES the peak of harvest with a grand opening today to […]

Rise of indecency dulling sensibilities

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A couple of weeks ago I was felled by a particularly nasty flu. Too sick even to read, I listened to radio and watched television for long hours every day. What I heard and saw was not conducive to recovery. I admit to being a little “out of the loop” […]

State biodiesel firm

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer An alternative fuel business is considering the Clovis Industrial Park as a possible location for a biodiesel plant. Energy Conversion Corp. of Santa Fe is holding a meeting today at the Chamber of Commerce for parties interested in investing in the company, according to Chase Gentry, executive director of the […]

Farmers’ Market open for season

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Buddy Jorde sorts through a basket of potatoes Tuesday afternoon. Jorde’s family farms approximately 600 acres and brings produce to sell at the Clovis Farmers’ Market. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Dennis Shaw dusts fresh dirt off one of the red onions he picked just before he came to set […]

No whining about a capitalist Christmas

Tibor Machan Sometimes one ought to repeat a point, even over and over, since it is important enough to call attention to it often. Given that many people, such as celebrities with lots of media exposure, manage to repeat idiotic points, I have resolved to refute them repeatedly. Emma Thompson, whom I rather enjoy as […]

Peddling the fall harvest

By Helena Rodriguez About this time of year, as leaves turn auburn, orange and yellow; bright pumpkins, straight from the patch, add to the colors of the season as they begin appearing at roadside stands. Fall time also means harvest time, a time when passersby can still get the last tastes of summer — in […]