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Haley Farms among licensed pecan buyers

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Haley Farms, which has a pecan buying license issued by the state in December, has been purchasing pecans since 1984, says owner Bruce Haley. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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Haley Farms, a family-owned pecan grower in Roswell, has received a pecan-buying license from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.

As reported in Wednesday’s paper, the state Agricultural Department began requiring all New Mexico buyers of in-shell pecans to obtain licenses after a new law went into effect Nov. 1.

Haley Farms, at 5018 W. Country Club Road, received its license Dec. 6.

“We’ve been buying pecans since 1984,” said owner Bruce Haley, who took the farm over from his father and established a buying station. “We do custom harvests here in town also, and, of course, we have our own orchards.”

One of the largest buyers of non-commercial grown pecans in the area, he said he buys 200,000 pounds a year and ships out close to a million pounds a year. The custom harvest service involves taking the farm’s tree-shaking equipment to non-commercial growers to harvest their crops and to purchase the nuts if the growers are interested.

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He is also a partner with the Bonham family in Mountain States Pecans.

Pecan prices are down from last year, Haley said. His business is paying up to $1.20 a pound at this time, but he said that prices could drop more.

He attributed declining prices to tariff wars, which have caused China, one of the largest buyers of U.S. pecans, to reduce its purchases. He said pecans are also being imported in greater numbers from Mexico, which he said used to sell a large part of its crop to China but also has seen its trading relationship suffer this year.

Haley said he supports the new licensing requirement in its efforts to reduce pecan theft — as sellers must be identify themselves in records to be made available to law enforcement or the New Mexico Department of Agriculture upon request — and to guard against the spread of the pecan weevil pest.

“We are on board with it,” he said. “We are working to be supportive of the whole thing.”

Haley Farms can be reached at 575-624-0271.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.