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Kansas - The 'Whole' Wheat State.

On Sept. 5, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius proclaimed Kansas the "Whole Wheat State" coinciding with the Sara Lee Food and Beverage Company's "Take your whole grain sandwich to school day" promotion. Sara Lee, which buys red and white wheat from Kansas, distributed 2.5 million loaves of its Soft & Smooth whole grain breads in 48 days.

  • Sara Lee commissioned Kansas Crop Artist Stan Herd to generate a work that features Sara Lee's "Soft and Smooth Switcheroo" campaign. The image is made of all natural materials, including 40 bales of wheat straw, 23 tons of crushed limestone and 50 bags of red mulch for the signature red Sara Lee logo…
  • Our stupid crime of the month goes to James Danley, a 65-year-old cattleman from Garden City, who pleads guilty to a crime that involves modern-day cattle rustling…
  • Danley inflated the inventory of his cattle to obtain more than thousands of dollars in loans from the Finney County Feedyard in 1998-99. Danley provided the inventories to Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas, using those inventories to obtain loans, according to the Garden City Telegram…
  • He originally was charged with stealing more than $105,000 over a five-year period, but agreed to a plea-bargain that will likely result in a shorter jail term. Sentencing occurs in November…
  • The Midwest Cooperative, based in Quinter, has agreed to sell its operations to AOM, a private investment firm that owns Dakota Beef, according to the Hays Daily News…
  • Members voted 30 to 23 to sell the cooperative's elevators in Collyer, Park, Grainfield, WaKeeney, Ogallah, Voda, Bogue, Hill City, Morland, Penokee and Studley, for $7.6 million…
  • AOM plans to keep the elevators open, but will spin off service stations and a farm supply store that Midwest owns in Quinter. AOM could convert the Hill City feedmill owned by Midwest Cooperative into an organic feed mill, the article suggests…
  • Besides Dakota Beef, AOM has a 165,000 acre Angus Ranch in the Pacific Northwest and a ranch in Oregon. The firm seeks to buy a feedlot and has toured Riverside Feeders near Penokee…
  • The Fredonia salebarn is up and running, as of last week. A fire destroyed the sale barn in 2005, but owners Don and Brad Braun rebuilt the facility, which had its first sale on Sept. 4. The Brauns estimate that between 700 and 1000 head of cattle will be auctioned off each week…
  • It appears as if a wind farm could be coming to Cowley County, according to the Winfield Daily Courier newspaper. The county commission has applied for a licensing agreement for a 500 megawatt wind farm, which would be built in the northeast corner of the county…
  • The Elk River II project – developed by a subsidiary of British Petroleum – is an extension of the wind farm built in southeast Butler County a few years ago. A farm this size could have as many as 200 wind turbines, two-thirds of which would be in Cowley County and the remaining turbines adjoining the Butler County farm...
  • 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. last 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.
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