Small fire at Sunland peanuts

PNT staff report Portales firefighters responded to a small fire at Sunland Peanuts about 7:30 p.m. Monday. The plant is located north of the city on U.S. 70. The blaze, according to Sunland employees on site, was restricted to one metal bin of peanuts in the “salter” building. No structural damage occurred, and production delays […]

Little effect from food labeling

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer 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 […]

March 25, 1943

Thirty-two carloads of peanuts were shipped from the warehouse in Portales, according to Taylor McCasland, Bonded Warehouseman for New Mexico and West Texas. Seventeen of the cars were shipped to Columbus, Ga., and 15 were shipped to Stephensville, Texas, for candying and peanut butter purposes. McCasland did not know how much the government received for […]

Official: Local peanut sales up

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By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County peanut growers and manufacturers appear poised to cash in on the nationwide salmonella scare. Sunland Peanuts has seen an increase in sales and customer base coast-to-coast, said Jim Shearer, CEO and president of Sunland Inc. “The recent peanut scare has not affected Sunland or local growers,” Shearer […]

Sunland wins marketing award

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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 New Mexico Agriculture Marketer for 2008. The company received the honor earlier this month. “The importance of it is just the recognition by the New Mexico Department of […]

County peanut acreage in decline

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By Blake Downs: PNT Correspondent Roosevelt County is losing significant peanut acreage to West Texas and the growth of the dairy industry, according to local farmers and agricultural officials. The number of acres of peanuts planted in Roosevelt County has dropped from 17,000 in 2000 to 5,700 in 2007, according to New Mexico Department of […]

Program features peanuts

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on preparing side dishes with pecans and helping children develop their self-esteem will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Ann Cox, food specialist with the Western Pecan Growers Assn. in College Station, Texas., says that vegetables, side dishes […]

History of peanuts in area illustrated by equipment

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico Relics from another era in Roosevelt County agriculture were stopping lots of people and causing many to reminisce about peanut harvests gone by Tuesday at the 16th annual Ag Expo. Dennis Harper of Portales is displaying antique peanut diggers and threshers at this year’s Expo. The display is a […]

Dec.16, 1947

• Portales residents contributed 1,700 pounds of cheese, 1,500 pounds of flour and several hundred pounds of Portales peanuts to the “Navajo Brotherhood Caravan,” a charity drive for the Navajo reservation near Gallup. • The Furr Food Store was advertising the opening of its new store at 422 E. State St. in Portales. • The […]

Peanut mill gets new life

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A new business venture near Floyd hasn’t sent Greg Dyer to the nuthouse yet — but he said he’s been close. Dyer, who left sales and marketing at Bordens Peanuts in 2000 for the tree nut business in California, has reopened the Sundale peanut mill northwest of Floyd, calling […]