Peanuts popular at Capitol

They used to call it “The City Different” years ago. I haven’t heard Santa Fe called that in a while though, I checked last week and it is indeed still different. I’ve written a whole lot of New Mexico Legislature stories over the years but strangely enough I had never been in Santa Fe while […]

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 […]

Education digest — Oct. 21

Eastern theater to put on ‘Peanuts’ production Eastern New Mexico University’s theater department will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” according to a news release. The performances will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Tickets are available at the box […]

Monday morning briefing: Haggis, peanuts and animal control

Good morning. It’s Freedom New Mexico’s Monday morning briefing. Video of the day Our latest local video is a day with a Clovis animal control officer. It’s “At your service.” Take note A reminder — Clovis Community College is closed for spring break. That means if you want tickets for Enter the Haggis, the Canadian […]

Breeding program making peanuts healthier for consumers

By Naveen Puppula: AgSense The New Mexico peanut breeding program has initiated an effort to breed for high-oleic acid Valencia peanuts, a trait that is gaining importance in the present U.S. domestic market to keep consumers “healthy.” There are two major advantages of including this trait in the breeding program. It reduces the level of […]

Area home to several pecan growers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Roosevelt and Curry County pecan grower Michael Eaton stands in his orchard on Roosevelt Road P. One of the area’s few pecan farmers, Eaton sells some of the nuts in his local shop and the rest to Las Cruces processors. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Peanuts may be important […]

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 […]

Festival celebrates crafts, peanuts

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Courtesy Photo The annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales offers a variety of merchandise from art to local peanuts, as well as entertainment. The event is scheduled for Oct. 17-18 at Eastern New Mexico University’s Campus Union Building. Event: Annual Arts and Crafts Peanut Valley Festival Location: Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University […]

Best part of gardening is sharing

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Linus of Peanuts fame would be proud. “The Great Pumpkin” hasn’t descended on my garden but “The Great Zucchini” has arrived. I’m not sure how a person can carefully search a garden each morning for squash and cucumbers that are just the right size for tenderness, then out of the […]

Portales man remembered as fun-loving, hard worker

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Family and friends remember Manuel Alvarez-Alonso as a man who clowned around, worked hard and made time for his family. Alvarez-Alonso, 39, of Portales died Monday in Lubbock after spending two weeks on life support after a 2,000-pound bag of peanuts fell on him while he was working at […]

Merchants see little effect from country of origin labels

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Almost two months into the use of Country of Origin Labeling for a variety of raw foods, producers and stores are seeing small effects. March 16, federally mandated rules went into effect to require that numerous foods must be labeled with country of origin. Included on the list are […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. 22, 1917

Five hundred Clovis residents became members of the National Red Cross during their volunteer drive. … The Hardwick Brothers gave a free Christmas show for Clovis youth and handed out popcorn balls and peanuts. … Antlers Cafe claimed to offer “the kind of meals you get at home” in an advertisement.

Dec. 2, 1938

More than 3,000 children were expected to meet with Santa and receive a goodie bag with candy, apples, cookies and peanuts at city hall. … W.D. “Doc” Gattis proposed a plan to create Clovis’ first “Wheat Bowl” football game to be played in January. … Mrs. Simms offered clothing alteration services at the Alteration Shop, […]

Business Feature: Processors pleased with peanuts

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Chaves of Portales is a picker at the Sunland peanut plant in Portales. Her team is the last line of defense in removing stems from the peanuts. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico It’s not always a golden harvest. But this year local peanut growers and processors say 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. […]