Category Archives: Agriculture

Chihuahua: King of NAFTA Chile

In New Mexico, the fall harvest of the state’s staple and iconic chile crop plugs along, albeit at a greatly reduced level (and with more early season red pods than usual) in comparison with even a decade ago. In glaring contrast, chile production just across the border in the Mexican state of Chihuahua marches forward…
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In Search of the Great New Mexico Chile Pepper

It was one of those splendid cruises up Highway 26 and around the Mesilla Valley south of Las Cruces, New Mexico. A hot summer day and Mexican radio 106.7 FM from Ciudad Juarez was jumping with classic rock and ska-Panteon Rococo, Lynyrd Skynyrd and CCR’s “Green River.” The music crackled and the acequias flowed in…
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Border Poppies

On an overflight of mountains bordering the U.S. this week, the pilots of a Mexican helicopter noticed a colorful patch of ground that seemed out of place in the prevalent foliage below. Suspecting something amiss, the crew from the Baja California State Secretariat of Public Safety notified fellow state police officers. After hiking into isolated…
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Trickles of the Rio Grande

Like their counterparts in New Mexico and the Juarez Valley of Mexico, irrigators in El Paso’s Lower Valley will likely get only a trickle of water from the Rio Grande this year. Jesus Reyes, El Paso Water Improvement District No. 1(EPWID) general manager, told farmers in his jurisdiction this week that only one delivery is…
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A Crisis in Border Farming

The land has long produced a basket of delights. Wine grapes, chile and cotton have all thrived in the Juarez Valley bordering Texas. Nowadays, though, farming is in flux-battered by drought, urbanization and other adverse forces. Statistics recently published by El Diario de Juarez newspaper documented the decline of and changes in regional agriculture since…
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Mexico Farmer’s Market a Smash Hit

In a sluggish economy, Puerto Vallarta’s Old Town Farmer’s Market (OTFM) is a notable success. Every Saturday morning, thick crowds file past the booths that line the lower end of Basilio Badillo and an adjoining street in the Mexican resort city. The market-goers sample salsa and jam, enjoy freshly-prepared breakfasts, purchase locally-grown fruits and vegetables,…
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Farming for Tough Times

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of New Mexico is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. As tough growing conditions confront farmers and ranchers across the U.S. Southwest and northern Mexico, some rural producers and their allies are looking to innovative, sustainable practices to cope with climate change and…
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Grain Imports Soar

With each passing year, more of Mexico’s daily diet comes from imported foodstuffs.  According to the Mexican Agricultural Market Consulting Group, the value of grain and oleoresin imports jumped 27.2 percent from January to November 2012, reaching almost 10 billion dollars, in comparison with the same time period in 2011. Data from the federal agricultural…
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A Harvest Of Festivals

Every fall, New Mexicans celebrate the harvest and the changing of seasons. Festivals, fairs, farmer’s markets and more splash the land. Come and explore the deep history of New Mexico harvest festival time through an audio journey to Dona Ana County celebrations and up into the Hatch Valley, home of the state’s famous chile crop….
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The Deep Roots of Harvest Festival Time

Editor’s note:  The late summer and autumn are times of the year when New Mexico bursts alive in collective gatherings rooted in celebrations of the earth, the seasons and popular culture. In the latest installment in our special series for the New Mexico Centennial of Statehood, we examine the deep cultural roots of festival time…
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