Category Archives: Agriculture

A Pecan Epitaph

Editor’s Note:  Resuming our special series for the New Mexico Centennial of Statehood, today’s article discusses the recent closure of a rural New Mexico landmark store and its relationship to the important pecan industry in southern New Mexico and northern Mexico. This series was made possible in part by grants from the New Mexico Humanities…
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New Mexico Flood Monitoring Installed

Editor’s Note: The following story was made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation for  Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of southern New Mexico. With New Mexico’s massive Whitewater-Baldy forest fire now mainly contained,  official attention is turning to the dangers of flooding in the huge burn area located in the southwestern…
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More Bleak News for Rio Grande Irrigators

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s special coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland is made possible in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation Dependent on melting snowpack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for much of their water, Rio Grande irrigators in the Paso del Norte borderland are in for more bad…
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Colorado River Activism Grows

Flowing through the canyons and mesas of the U.S. Southwest to the Mexican border, the Colorado River and its tributaries form the lifeblood of growing cities, struggling rural communities and spectacular populations of wildlife of all kinds. A 1944 agreement between the U.S. and Mexico guarantees the delivery of water south of the border. Yet…
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The Land of the Chile Pilgrims

Editor’s Note: As the official celebration of the New Mexico Centennial of Statehood  kicks off in earnest, Frontera NorteSur marks almost three years of special stories examining the history of the southern New Mexico borderland during the last one hundred years.  Today’s piece continues the series into the 2012 centennial year with a look at…
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Long, Hard Drought Predicted

Mexico’s National Weather Service (SMN) has predicted that a drought afflicting more than half the country will likely last at least three more years. And according to the SMN, the upcoming winter rainfall could range between 20 and 30 percent of normal, especially in the northern, western and central parts of the nation. Considered by…
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Pumpkin Power

FNS Special Feature Editor’s Note: In the days before Halloween, pumpkins start popping up everywhere. Although pumpkins are not as renowned as chile or even pecans in New Mexico agriculture, home-grown specimens supply the cravings of pie-lovers and stir the fantasies of spook celebrators. And recently, pumpkins have become a part of the annual cycle…
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First Border Food Summit to Meet

In the Rio Grande Valley of southern New Mexico and far west Texas, early fall is a very busy time of the year. Weekdays are devoted to harvesting one crop while preparing for the next. Weekends are filled with fiestas, harvest festivals and community gatherings of all kinds. Colors splash the land, as white cotton…
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Art, Agriculture and Activism

Tucked away in a south-central El Paso courtyard, the lively pulses of border culture danced away on a recent summer evening. Sponsored by a cross-border movement of cultural workers from El Paso and neighboring Ciudad Juarez, artists, poets and musicians delivered their stuff to an attentive audience that turned out to raise funds for farmworker…
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A Focus on Food

Editor’s Note: Frontera NorteSur’s coverage of the southern New Mexico borderland is supported in part by a grant from the McCune Charitable Foundation. In the Paso del Norte borderland, food activists and local residents have spent the summer organizing around the concept of food as a human right. Meeting in small groups in southern New…
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