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Kansas aims to be a leader in agriculture innovation.

We've written in the past about the effort to promote the area between Manhattan and Columbia, Missouri as the "Animal Health Corridor," due to the concentration of companies related to the animal health industry. Well, a Wichita group is working on creating a south central Kansas "Center of Innovation" that focuses on agribusiness, bioscience and 'green jobs,' according to the Wichita Eagle newspaper….

  • The Agribusiness Alliance will meet monthly to discuss ways to attract new bioprocessing, biofuels and biotech industries to the areas. Leaders will work to foster entrepreneurial spirit within the community and find venture capital to help new businesses thrive...
  • Allready, Wichita and south central Kansas is home to ICM, the nation's largest designer of ethanol plant technology; Poet Ethanol Products, a marketer of ethanol and by-products; Cargill Meat Solutions, home to dozens of food scientists; and a host of plant breeders and seed technology companies…
  • Incidentally, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture Adrian Polansky, speaking at the annual Kansas Farmers Union a few weeks ago, told attendees that the "bioeconomy will mean significant prosperity for agriculture, and real jobs for real people. Kansas is well-positioned, compared to other states" to take advantage, he says…
  • Kansas Farm Bureau is working with AgraGate Climate Control Corp., a branch of the Iowa Farm Bureau, to help farmers enroll in a carbon credit program. No-till farming, strip-till and new grass plantings are eligible practices, the carbon credits for which farmers can receive a dollar or two per acre. You can talk to Steve Swaffer at the KFB for more information. His e-mail is [email protected]. Or, log onto the AgraGate Web site, www.agragate.com.
  • The Kansas Farmers Union has a similar program and has enrolled about 77,000 acres of farmland enrolled, according to the Eagle…
  • If you are a poultry raiser, consider buying pullets from the K-State Poultry Teaching and Research Center, which will offer for sale two egg-type breeds this spring to raise money for maintenance of the poultry unit…
  • A white leghorn hybrid cross that lays white eggs, and a New Hampshire hybrid cross that lays brown eggs are "feed-efficient and productive and would be excellent free-range or small-farm production birds," says Scott Beyer, poultry specialist at K-State…
  • Each pullet will sell for $6 and must be picked up from the K-State poultry farm the first two weeks of April. Call 785-539-5041 or e-mail [email protected] for reservations…
  • Speaking of poultry, a monastery near Charleston, South Carolina will cease raising chickens thanks to the efforts of those knuckleheads at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals…
  • Mepkin Abbey raised eggs as a for-profit venture, until an undercover PETA loon, working at the monastery, complained that the birds were treated inhumanely…
  • After months of protests by PETA, the Abbey announced last Christmas that it would end egg production by the end of 2009. Read the story in the Charleston Post-Courier by clicking here: www.charleston.net/news/2007/dec/21/mepkin_close_egg_farm25549.
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