Sept. 16, 1964

The Portales News Tribune reported that two new pests had appeared in the Portales valley peanut fields, one which posed an immediate threat and the other a less immediate, but severe, problem. Spider mites were found in every peanut field checked, with heavy infestations in several fields just east of town. Entomologists reported

Government funds help Sunland expansion

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Sunland Inc. is expanding with help from a government incentive program and plans to introduce a new peanut butter flavor and line of peanut products in the coming months. The expansion will create at least 40 jobs over the next four years. Work began Wednesday to connect Sunland to […]

Bingaman supports reappointment of Portales resident on peanut board

Freedom New Mexico WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman on Wednesday asked U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to reappoint Portales resident Jimmie Shearer to the Peanut Standards Board for the Southwest Region. Shearer is president and CEO of Sunland, Inc., the nation’s largest handler of Valencia peanuts. Shearer is an original member of the board, […]

Peanut growers vote support for national board

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Members of the New Mexico Peanut Growers Association at their meeting in Portales Wednesday approved a referendum supporting continuation of the National Peanut Board. Leaders among New Mexico and west Texas peanut farmers have said the National Peanut Board, which is up for a reaffirmation vote in April, is […]

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 […]

Peanut Growers meeting set

The New Mexico Peanut Growers Association Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 25 at the Memorial Building, at the corner of Seventh and Abilene Streets. Growers and anyone interested in the latest Farm Bill may attend. Speakers are Maria Fenn of the National Peanut Board on promotion of the industry, […]

Local companies unaffected by peanut recall

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Local peanut and peanut product producers are safe from a nationwide peanut butter product recall. Officials with Sunland Peanut Inc. and Leslie Candy Co. said their peanuts are grown locally, nowhere near the salmonella contamination identified by the Food and Drug Administration. There have been 488 cases of salmonella […]

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 […]

Dec. 9, 1947

One hundred sixty-eight peanut growers turned out to vote in an election to restore quotas on marketing and acreage over the following three years. They comprised almost half of the 400 peanut growers in the valley.

Weather good for peanut harvest

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By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer This summer’s weather has had an effect on the peanut crop, area farmers and processors say, but the warm, dry weather now is perfect for harvesting the crop. Hot winds and lack of rain early in the season and then rain when the crop was mature, as opposed to […]

Events Calendar Oct. 19

Sunday Peanut Valley Festival — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Eastern New Mexico University Campus Union Building. Monday Community Worship Service — 7-10 p.m. at the Memorial Building. All faiths are welcome. Tuesday City Council — 7 p.m. City Hall. Regular meeting. Friday ENMU Board of Regents — 9:30 a.m. Regents’ room, ENMU. Saturday Fall Festival — […]

Events Calendar Sept. 21

Monday Peanut Field Day — 8-8:30 a.m. Registration at Eastern New Mexico University Farm in Portales. Tour of ENMU farm, followed by tour of Joel Shearer Farm near Texico. Information: Patrick Kircher, 760-5597; Mark Marsalis, 799-6448; or Naveen Puppala, 693-9094. Tuesday City Council — 5 p.m. Work session. Discussion of water reuse and desalination. City […]

Local Brief Sept. 18

Peanut Field Day set for Monday The Agricultural Science Center of Clovis will have its annual Peanut Field Day on Monday. Registration will be at Eastern New Mexico University Farm-Portales from 8-8:30 a.m. followed by opening remarks. A tour led by Paxton Payton, a physiologist for the USDA-ARS cropping systems research lab in Lubbock, will […]

Go nuts in the kitchen

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on cooking with peanut butter and preparing wild game will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” noon Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. (All times Mountain) Gayle Stephenson, spokesperson for the Texas Peanut Producers Board in Lubbock, explains that peanut butter has lots more uses than just the famous […]

Aug. 10, 2008 CSC Menu

Community Services Center, 1100 Community Way, Portales Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m, Monday through Friday Monday: Hamburger macaroni, green beans, corn, apricots, peanut butter cookie. Tuesday: Roast beef, baked potato, cabbage, wheat roll and margarine, pineapple. Wednesday: Red chili beef enchilada, salsa corn, salad and dressing, apple cobbler. Thursday: Barbecue beef, coleslaw, pinto […]

It’s all about the right taste

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer When it comes to developing new products, local peanut and candy manufacturers rely on outside help. Sunland Peanuts was honored by Better Homes and Gardens last year with a top ranking for its natural creamy Valencia peanut butter, but Sunland also produces multiple flavors of the peanut product. “We […]

Events Calendar, March 28

TodayN.M. Peanut Growers Annual Meeting — 10 a.m., Memorial Building, PortalesFloyd Jamboree — 7 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School SaturdayKid’s Extravaganza — 2-4 p.m., Memorial Building, PortalesFloyd Jamboree — 7 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School SundayFloyd Jamboree (Gospel) — 2 p.m. Old Gym Floyd High School TuesdayPortales City Council — 7 p.m., Portales […]

Local Briefs March 28, 2008

Peanut Growers to meetThe New Mexico Peanut Growers Association will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Memorial Building in Portales, according to a press release. Maria Fenn of the National Peanut Board will provide an update on peanut industry developments. A representative of the New Mexico State University Research Station will […]

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 […]

Altrusa taking donations for Haiti

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Portales peanut butter is more powerful than you may think. The creamy and crunchy stuff not only is a tasty treat for your family — it may also be able to save lives in a third-world country plagued by starvation and poverty. This Valentine’s Day, Altrusa International of Portales […]