The Buzz

News and notes from Topeka.

With the Topeka Farm Show, Kansas Soybean Expo, the start of a new Kansas legislative session and Governor Kathleen Sebelius' inauguration, much happened in the state's Capital City last week.

  • Let's start with politics, where the 2nd District Congresswoman, Nancy Boyda, was just named to the House Agriculture Committee. Boyda, a freshman Representative from Topeka, unseated Republican Jim Ryun in the November election…
  • In her annual "State of the State" address last Wednesday, Gov. Sebelius announced her proposal to form the Office of Rural Opportunity, which builds upon the work of the Kansas Rural Life Taskforce…
  • "This new initiative will help rural communities attract businesses and families, and will establish Rural Opportunity Zones to provide tax incentives to employers creating jobs in these communities. If Cobalt Boats can dominate the market from Neodesha, or ABZ Valves can be a worldwide presence from its headquarters in Madison, there's no reason the next global leader in technology, energy or biosciences can't be founded in rural Kansas," Sebelius said…
  • From the Kansas Soybean Expo, sponsored by the Kansas Soybean Commission and Kansas Soybean Association, came this prediction from Kansas State University plant pathologist Doug Jardine: in 2007, there is a 50/50 chance that Kansas soybean producers will see Asian Soybean Rust…
  • "It was 90 miles from Kansas in 2006," says Jardine, who says that Galena, Kan. (in the extreme southeast corner of the state) is 90 miles from Fayetteville, Arkansas, where ASR was discovered last year…
  • There are sentinel plots planned that will help researchers keep abreast of Asian Soybean Rust, a disease that can wipe out soybean fields in less than a week in moist and arid conditions, Jardine says…
  • More Kansas fuel stations are selling E85 gasoline (85% ethanol; 15% petroleum gasoline). These include the Everyday Store, 800 North Ridgeview, Olathe; CSC #42, 3810 N. Woodlawn, Wichita and the Offerle Country Store, Hwy. 50 and Elm St., Offerle…
  • That brings the total number of E85 stations to 15, according to the Kansas Corn Commission. The KCC, by the way, worked with United Bio Energy and the National Ethanol Vehicle Coalition to create a 7 cent per gallon tax cut for E85 fuel, which took place Jan. 1…
  • Following one of the most successful Kansas State Fairs in recent memory, the State Fair Board has "refreshed" the Fair's marketing plan. For the last three years, the State Fair tagline has been, "It's a Wild Ride, Baby." Featuring fun artwork and new taglines including: "hang with the hogs," "check out the studs" and "pick up bunnies," the taglines combine the Fair's animal-based activities with cool new themes…
  • The Fair's advertising and public relations agency, The Greteman Group, Wichita, developed the new materials.
TAGS: Farm Policy
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