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. […]

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 […]