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First commercial biodiesel plant is up and running.

Congressman Todd Tiahrt will join members of the Kansas Soybean Association and Commission at the Healy Biodiesel, Inc., plant in Sedgwick this week. The Healy facility is Kansas' first operational biodiesel plant and will produce 500,000 gallons of product from soybean oil and recycled cooking oils…

  • The program and tour begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at 205 W. First St., Sedgwick. Call the KSA office at 800-328-7390 for details…
  • Three employees of the Kansas Farm Service Agency were recognized by USDA FSA administrator Teresa Lasseter for exemplary service at a banquet in Washington, D.C. this month. The employees and awards include: Bill Fuller, state executive director, Manhattan, Excellence in leadership and management; John Drach, state office division chief, Manhattan, Outstanding team accomplishment and Linda Hughes, farm loan program technician, Salina, outstanding team accomplishment…
  • The United Soybean Board plans to send soybean collection kits, called the Select Yield and Quality Initiative, to select farmers throughout the Midwest in order to determine quality of the 2007 soybean harvest. Farmers will be asked to submit samples of soybeans to the USB, which will test the samples for protein and oil content, providing important information to key export markets…
  • More than half the soybeans grown in the U.S. are exported, and key export markets require soybeans to have 19% oil and 35% protein. The harvest kits help demonstrate the value of U.S. soy to international customers, according to the USB…
  • Among the highlights of the recently released Crop Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service is that the 2007 sorghum production is estimated at 474.96 million bushels, up 71% from last year…
  • The average yield is estimated at 70.9 bushels per acre, which would be the third highest on records. However, throughout the Sorghum Belt, expectations are high – so high, that yields should top the NASS predictions fairly easily.
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