The Buzz

Help pours in for Greensburg and the surrounding area.

Senator Pat Roberts announced last week that the Supplemental Funding Bill being considered by the Senate includes $3 billion for agricultural disaster assistance in crop years from 2005, 2006 and 2007, with livestock losses from the Winter 2006-07 Blizzard and $40 million in federal disaster relief funds for recovery from the violent storms that hammered Kansas in early May.

"This is great, overdue news for our farmers and ranchers," Senator Roberts said in a statement. "The Senate is set to pass the Supplemental Bill and the President has indicated he will sign it into law. So the score has been settled, Mother Nature zero, Kansas two."…

  • In other post-tornado news, the Fellowship of Christian Farmers International announced May 11 that it would move its MotorCoach from South Louisiana to Barclay College in Haviland…
  • More than 550 volunteers from 12 states have helped re-build South Louisiana farms since Hurricane Katrina hit a year-and-a-half ago; now the Louisiana cattlement want to help clean wheat fields ahead of combines; rebuild fences, roundup cattle and clean up farms and ranches…
  • Meanwhile, Merial has donated a sizeable quantity of its oxytetracycline product, Tetradure 300, to area veterinary clinics, which will help producers and veterinarians treat infection and a variety of diseases, including footrot, pinkeye and bovine respiratory disease, that can result from storm stress and injuries…
  • Three weeks after the tornado, losses due to injuries and lost cattle still are mounting, according to Dr. Randall Spare at the Ashland Veterinary Clinic…
  • A Buzz Salute goes to Landoll Corp., Marysville – a finalist for the Kansas Governor's Award of Excellence – the highest honor a business can receive from the state. The award will be named June 27 at the Kansas Cavalry Encampment in Junction City…
  • Landoll, a past Exporter of the Year winner, is a manufacturer of agricultural equipment, trailers, forklifts and related equipment and is a wholesaler to dealer networks worldwide. Established in 1963, the company has grown every year since and now employs nearly 600 workers…
  • Several Kansas State University ag-related projects have been selected for the University's Targeted Excellence grants, which include grant awards ranging from $210,000 to $1 million over a two to four year period. They include: Beef Cattle Institute at K-State, $490,000; K-State Center for Sustainable Energy, $750,000 and The Sorghum Translational Genomics Program: Mining Genomic Diversity for Sorghum Improvement, $1,000,000…
  • Concordia's plans to lure Everton Energy's first ethanol plant to north central Kansas continue. The Concordia City Commission met May 16 with Everton chief economic officer Bert Farrish, who explains that the company seeks $223 million in industrial revenue bonds and $6 million in special assessment bonds from the city…
  • Everton plans to employ 50 people at the plant, with a $2.2 million annual payroll. The company's 100 million gallon ethanol plant will use corn and grain sorghum…
  • Kansas is officially in the rice business, as three farmers began planting biotech rice for Ventria Bioscience in mid-May, right after USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service gave regulatory approval to the genetically modified crop…
  • The rice has been modified to produce proteins that lessen the severity and duration of diarrhea in infants and children. Ventria, which developed the rice, has established a processing facility in Junction City…
  • According to the Wichita Eagle, APHIS received 20,034 comments about the Ventria project, with 29 in favor and 20,005 against – although 18,000 of the negative comments came from two public interest groups in nearly identical letters…
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