Peanut Valley Festival boasts food, crafts

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FNM correspondent: Jillian Holbert Peanuts, jewelry, clothes, candles and purses were available at Saturday’s Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. Jillian Holbert The 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival held something for all who attended Saturday. The festival was held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Upstairs in the Ballroom, vendors sold fudge, holiday decorations, […]

Residents share peanut recipes

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Antonio Becerra seals a bag of peanuts Thursday afternoon at Sunland Peanuts northeast of Portales. Peanuts are the local theme for this weekend with the 38th annual Peanut Valley Festival starting today at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Alisa Boswell Local residents will be going nuts for the 38th […]

Business digest — Aug. 16

Sunland receives certification Sunland Inc. has received a certification demonstrating exceptional quality control, food safety and food tracking methodology, according to a news release from the Portales peanut processing company. Silliker Global Certification Services issued the SQF 2000 Level 3 certification, the highest achievable, according to the release. Sunland Inc., with headquarters in Portales, was […]

Local grower: Peanut acreage down, but prices high

Argen Duncan Peanut acreage in the Portales valley is down, but prices are high, a local grower has said. The Portales valley stretches from Floyd to Arch. Roosevelt County peanut farmer Wayne Baker said contracts for peanuts are offering $950 per ton for conventional peanuts and $1,400 per ton for organic peanuts, although farmers don’t […]

Peanut researchers focus on shelf life, drought tolerance

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan National Peanut Board Chairman George Jeffcoat of Alabama, left, speaks as New Mexico Peanut Growers President Wayne Baker of Portales listens at the peanut growers annual meeting Wednesday at the Memorial Building. Jeffcoat said the board has spent $16 million on research in its existence, and research keeps the peanut […]

Peanut butter food from heaven

Grant McGee: Local columnist I was chatting with some folks the other day when one of our area’s unique food specialties came up: The Peanut Butter Milkshake. Well, I think it’s unique anyway. Have you heard of a peanut butter milkshake anywhere else in these United States? Well maybe you have, but with all the […]

Peanut yields up

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Argen Duncan: Portales News-Tribune Brian Clark Jr. waits for a trailer to fill with peanuts Wednesday at Portales Select Peanut Company Inc. The machine separates dirt and debris from the nuts, which are then sent to be dried or, in this case, graded. Argen Duncan The peanut harvest this year has brought in higher-than-normal yields […]

a view from under the pew: the peanut butter incident

Gary Mitchell: Religion columnist amos the churchmouse:a view from under the pew Editor’s note: Amos is a churchmouse, who types by hopping on the computer keyboard, but he can’t operate the capital shift, and he shuns punctuation marks – except hyphens and dashes. the peanut butter incident boss i nearly wasno longer here lastnight i […]

Peanut retail costs going up

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Wilba Duggan of Las Cruces shops at Sunland Inc.’s retail store Thursday. She and her husband, Dan, said they always stop when they come through Portales and buy peanuts for relatives in Oklahoma. Higher-than-normal wholesale peanut prices this year are expected to drive up retail costs. By Argen Duncan: Freedom […]

Growers: Peanut harvest slightly above average

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Mark Brewer of Portales rakes peanuts into a grate, which are carried to a shifter that takes out rock, vines and leaves on Saturday at Sunland, Inc. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico With the harvest about halfway there, this year’s peanut crop is good to average, according to people […]

Hand crafts featured at peanut festival

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PNT Staff Photo: Clarence Plank Amanda Kaberlein of AmandaKure Salon works on a Hello Kitty necklace for a customer Saturday at the Eastern New Mexico University 36th annual Peanut Valley Festival. Kaberlein connects chain links together to form the necklace. By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University celebrated a little legume that […]

Ticket feature: Peanuts, crafts highlight of Peanut Festival

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File photo Rabiah Memon, left, with International Students creates a henna tattoo for Jessica Martinez, a senior at ENMU from Hobbs during the festival last year. Freedom New Mexico Peanuts and crafts will take over Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Ballroom Saturday and Sunday at the 36th annual Peanut Valley Festival. The event, sponsored […]

Press release: Peanut Festival in Portales this weekend

PORTALES–The annual Peanut Valley Festival at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales will be held in the Campus Union Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Bingaman supports reappointment of Portales resident on peanut board

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., on Wednesday asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to re-appoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region.

Bingaman supports renomination of Portales resident on peanut board

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today asked the U.S. Agriculture Secretary to re-appoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region.

Area peanut growers stand to profit

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File photo Last year the peanut yield from Roosevelt County was 25 percent lower then expected due to the weather, said Naveen Puppala, of New Mexico State University and a peanut breeder. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico

Will salmonella outbreak affect Valencia peanut acreage in eastern New Mexico?

By Naveen Puppala: CNJ columnist In 2008, the U.S. had a bumper peanut crop resulting in 2,573,950 tons of peanuts. Timely rain and less disease pressure resulted in high yields in the Southeast and the Carolinas. Cool weather and high winds had resulted in just an average crop for the Southwest where peanuts are grown […]

Ethics in peanut butter case questionable

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I don’t know if I coined this term; I rather doubt it. Nonetheless, I find it a useful one, and have even used it in ethics classes that I have taught. Immediately, the class gets the sense of what I am talking about, when I refer to “flexible ethics.” Maybe […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Sunland Inc. employee Carmen Manquero watches jars being filled with peanut butter at the plant Tuesday. Sunland is New Mexico’s 2008 Agriculture Marketer. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Working for peanuts has earned a Portales company top honors. Peanut processor Sunland Inc. is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s […]