Sen. Bingaman visits Portales

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., told a crowd of Roosevelt and Curry county agriculture producers Thursday in Portales he was pessimistic about passage of a new farm bill this fall in Washington. He said the proposed farm bill is tied to world trade talks, which he said have collapsed. “Chances […]

Peanut yields above average this season

By Karl Terry Farmers were finishing up peanut harvest early this week in eastern New Mexico as grain harvest was awaiting frost to kick the combines into high gear. According to Jimmie Shearer at Sunland Inc. it was one of the best peanut harvests in recent memory. “We’re just about done,” said Shearer. “It’s down […]

Annual Peanut Valley Festival kicks off

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By Karl Terry Huge crowds took the opportunity to get a head start on their Christmas shopping Saturday at the 32nd annual Peanut Valley Festival in Portales. “We’ve bought lots of things: dolls, jewelry, I got a flu shot,” said Sylvia Shot, of Clovis. “We don’t (ever) miss it, we really enjoy it.” The festival, […]

Sisters add creativity, bring life to crafts

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By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Janice Lee believes a little paint can bring her hand-crafted wooden characters to life. “I love to paint people and Santas. They come to life when you paint on their mouths, noses and eyes. You get a good feeling as the Santa comes to life in your hands,” Lee said. […]

Peanut crop early, better than usual

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer 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 there are consecutive days of warm weather and no moisture, those fields remain at risk. But yields so far this […]

Decorate your windows with upcoming tips

By Sheryl Borden: Creative Living Information on peanuts and machine appliqué will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and Saturday at 2 p.m. (All times are Mountain). “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales. Gayle Stephenson is a certified home economist and spokesperson for […]

Peanut growers get lessons

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer In the midst of concrete and asphalt in the city of Portales there is the essence of nature and eastern New Mexico agriculture — a peanut field. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service has a demonstration plot off of the Floyd highway, just east of La Casa […]

Peanut day set for Thursday

A new row spacing technique will be featured at a free peanut field day Sept. 1 in Clovis and Portales sponsored by New Mexico State University. The half-day program begins with registration and tours at 8 a.m. at NMSU’s South Research Facility, located on County Road 4, five miles south of Clovis. At 11:30 a.m., […]

U.S. appears headed for a 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 […]

Portales peanut farmer back on national board

Marc Schoder: PNT staff writer R. Wayne Hardin, a local peanut grower, was appointed to his second six-year term by the United States Department of Agriculture to the 18-member Peanut Standards Board. When Hardin was originally appointed to the position the New Mexico Peanut Growers recommended him for the appointment. His term will end on […]

Peanut crop off to promising start

By Marc Schoder Jump-started by an abnormally wet winter, the peanut crop in the Portales area is off to a promising start. “This is one of the best peanut crops that we have had in several years,” said Jimmie Shearer, president of Sunland Peanuts. Shearer said above-average pre-plant moisture has the peanuts in good shape […]

Sunland Inc. celebrates opening of new building

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said it’s been a long time coming, but on Thursday he and other Sunland representatives unveiled a new peanut butter processing building. Sunland Inc. officials had an open house from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. The Sunland Inc. plant was […]

Shoppers have chance to go nuts

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By Laurie Stone With 62 days left until the Christmas holiday, shoppers made a point to attend the 31st annual Peanut Valley Festival hoping to find gifts from the arts, crafts and jewelry vendors which dominated the festival. The event is held each year to honor the Llano Estacado peanut farmers in this area and […]

Sunland expansion hits snags

By Tony Parra Sunland Inc. executives and workers are anxious to have a new building in full operation to accommodate the growing demand for peanut butter and despite the delays, they hope to have the new building fully operational by late November or December. Sunland Inc. president Jimmie Shearer said in mid-April he was hoping […]

Weather helps peanut belt

Staff and Wire Reports Recent storms brought much-needed rain to the peanut belt Staff and Wire Reports ALBANY, Ga. — Tropical Storm Bonnie and Hurricane Charley brought much-needed rain to parched Southern peanut fields, but growers say they still need regular showers and moderate temperatures over the next three to four weeks to maximize yields. […]

Sunland trying to grow with demand

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By Kevin Wilson Sunland Inc. has a business problem. They have too much. “Right now, our peanut facilities are running 20 hours, seven days a week,” Sunland President and CEO Jimmie Shearer said, “and we’re still turning down orders (for peanut butter).” It’s a problem the company is hoping to alleviate, thanks to a $1.7 […]

Sunland receives help to expand business

Tony Parra United States Department of Agriculture officials presented Sunland Inc. President Jimmie Shearer with a $450,000 check on Friday in an effort to expand the business and purchase new equipment. “It’s a dream come true,” an ecstatic Schearer said. “It can only happen in America. This (Sunland Inc.) was once a farm field. There […]

Shoppers go nuts over arts and crafts

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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 noon […]

Peanut butter causes rough ride, sticky contest

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Mike Linn You could be strong, agile, a skilled horseback rider and fleet of foot, but if you couldn’t inhale a peanut butter sandwich there was no hope of winning the Roosevelt Rough Rider Challenge Saturday at the Portales City Park. As a matter of fact, the contest’s winner, Lalo Aranda Jr., said his love […]