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Land O'Lakes-Purina Feed working on mill in Russell.

Land O'Lakes Purina Feed is set to receive $20 million in industrial revenue bonds from the City of Russell to renovate a feed mill in the city, which the company would use to develop a new dairy cattle feed supplement.

  • According to the Hays Daily News, the supplement – a new 'top-secret' product – will only be available from Land O'Lakes. About 15 people will work at the plant, and the jobs will be "good jobs," according to Rusell's acting city manager, Ken Cole. It is expected to be in operation by June 1…
  • Land O'Lakes chose Russell because of its central location and the plant's proximity to a railroad. It is located between the ethanol and gluten plants on the north side of town…
  • Martin Farm Power is the first dealer system in Kansas to offer support and upgrades of the Leica Geosystems mojoRTK auto-steer system…
  • As a premium reseller, Martin Farm Power joins Leica Geosystems "as a pioneer in virtual service and support with Virtual Wrench – the agriculture industry's first real-time, virtual service, support and diagnostic tool," a joint news release says. Leica's mojoRTK autosteer system allows farmers to buy a basic system, then upgrade only the features they need…
  • Martin Farm Power has a nearly 100-year history serving construction and agriculture industries with locations in Topeka, Chanute, Concordia and Colby. For more, log onto www.leica-geosystems.com, or www.martinfarmpower.com…  
  • WIBW Radio's Farm Broadcasting Team has scheduled its Wake-Up Profit seminars for 2008. Broadcasters Kelly Lenz and Greg Akagi will broadcast live from the events, which also will feature topical marketing and weather presentations. Dates and locations include: Frankfort, Feb. 5; Council Grove, Feb. 19; Perry Area, Mar. 4; Olpe, Mar. 14; Fairview, Mar. 25.
  • We were remiss last week in not highlighting some of Governor Kathleen Sebelius's initiatives from her annual "State of the State" speech, Jan. 14…
  • There was nothing earth-shattering in the message, although she did reinforce her stance that Kansas should become a leader in biosciences and energy production, taking her cue from Congress' recently-passed energy bill…
  • "Congress has recently set an aggressive goal for alternative fuel production by 2022. Kansas can and should be a leader in reaching America's goal," Sebelius said. "I have charged the Kansas Bioscience Authority with developing an aggressive plan for bio-energy technology and production, aimed at producing 20% of the nation's alternative fuel needs…"
  • The Governor advocates creating a "Bioenergy Research Grant Program, to spur development of innovative new technologies, producing the most cost-efficient renewable fuels." She also touts the increased development of wind energy in Kansas.
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