Peanut producers gather for meeting

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Responding to the recent samonella outbreak that occurred in February, a National Peanut Board representative was on hand to help reassure peanut producers that peanut butter is continuing to remain a staple in many households. With the recent outbreak of salmonella poisoning found in peanut butter, peanuts have been […]

Peanut butter panic

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Several area grocery stores reported Thursday they have removed brands of peanut butter that may be linked to salmonella. Nearly 300 people in 39 states have fallen ill since August, and federal health investigators said they strongly suspect Peter Pan peanut butter and certain batches of Wal-Mart’s Great Value […]

ENMU to host Peanut Valley Festival

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Beginning Saturday, Eastern New Mexico University will host the 33rd annual Peanut Valley Festival, with a wide range of crafts, food and entertainment available on campus. “Just name it and we’re going to have it,” said Alex Hamzy, promoter of On the Road Ranch Shows, which is handling publicity […]

Peanut harvest looks solid

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer 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. Jimmie Shearer of Sunland, Inc. said the majority of the peanuts being harvested at this time are from the Texas area, although a few are starting […]

Students go nuts for fund-raising project

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer 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” […]

Peanut producers participate in field day

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Area peanut producers and researchers came together yesterday for the annual Peanut Field Day that was held at several locations, throughout Roosevelt and Curry counties. The group gathered together to hear presentations about various techniques and experiments being used to farm peanuts. According to Floyd McAlister, Roosevelt County Extension […]

Snacks coming on next show

By Sheryl Borden: PNT Columnist Information on making after school snacks, gifts ideas for kids to make, and recipes and ideas to “spice up” your next party will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and 2 p.m. Saturday. “Creative Living” airs on public broadcasting station, KENW-TV, from Eastern New Mexico […]

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, […]