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 […]

Rains threaten harvest of bumper peanut crop

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Up until this week, it was all good news for peanut farmers, but they’re not out of the woods yet. Many peanut fields still need to be harvested and, until consecutive days of warm weather with no moisture come, the crop remains at risk. Still, farmers and mill operators say […]

U.S. appears headed for peanut surplus

Staff and wire reports ALBANY, Ga. — Peanuts in storage plus peanuts in the field. Right now, the United States has too many peanuts and that, experts say, could be bad news for the peanut commodity program unless something is done to whittle down the piles. “We’re afraid if we cost the government a lot […]

Peanut butter a diverse miracle spread

By Grant McGee Sunland Peanuts, on U.S. Highway 70 between Clovis and Portales, recently had the grand opening of its peanut butter plant. I got to go on a tour of the place. The peanuts go in, get roasted, mooshed up, seasoned and the delicious stuff is shot into jars. Then I saw what, to […]

Peanuts, get your peanuts

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer Peanut farmers, arts and crafts vendors and student organizations come out of their shells every fall to attend the Peanut Valley Festival, which after 31 years has become as traditional in Portales as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in an elementary student’s lunch bag. “I think everyone will […]

Professor holds peanut seminar

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Mani Narayana, a visiting scholar with the New Mexico State University Agriculture Science Center at Clovis, displays Valencia peanuts on the table during peanut field day Thursday at the research field. CNJ staff photo by Eric Kluth David Irvin New Mexico farmers and crop scientists gathered Thursday morning on the sandy fields of New Mexico […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts at Peanut Festival

By Helena Rodriguez People are going nuts over the 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival, but it’s because of the arts and crafts, not the peanuts. Approximately 140 vendors packed into almost every available space Saturday at the three-level Campus Union Building at Eastern New Mexico University, and will be peddling their wares again today from […]

Portales peanut festival will have locals going nuts

By Helena Rodriguez Once a year, it’s OK to go nuts — peanuts, after all, are a big part of the local economy and they’re the guests of honor at Portales’ annual Peanut Valley Festival. The 30th annual Peanut Valley Festival gets into full gear on Saturday and continues Sunday at the Eastern New Mexico […]