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Greensburg's Deere dealer is thinking green.

Steadily, Greensburg is rebuilding from the catastrophic tornado that wrecked the community last May. From the outset, rumors abound that the town would build itself with a "green" footprint; i.e., using environmentally friendly materials, renewable sources of energy and such.

  • The Wichita Eagle reports that the Greensburg John Deere Dealer, Greensburg Tractor, Inc., has broken ground on a new dealer complex that will meets Leadership in Environment and Energy Design standards, set forth by the U.S. Green Building Council…
  • GTI is working with Deere and Company designers to meet the highest LEED rating possible (ratings are platinum, gold and silver). Right now, we're at silver, working toward platinum, and John Deere is trying to help us with that," says co-owner Kelly Estes said. "It's harder for us because we have a shop, not an office building. If we build to platinum standards, John Deere will be bringing in dealers from all over the country to tour our dealership. Their goal is to make it a prototype for 1,000 new dealerships of the future."…
  • The 28,000 square-foot steel building will have motion lighting, low-water use toilets, wind generators, solar panels, oil waste heat and corn burners…
  • This week, several editors from Farm Progress Companies (including yours truly) are in Nashville for the annual Commodity Classic, at which a host of information pertaining to wheat, corn and soybean production is presented. Check this Web site for updates throughout the week…
  • Next year, the National Sorghum Producers Association will participate in the annual event. We think this is a good move for the sorghum folks and will make the annual Commodity Classic a can't-miss event for many producers in Kansas…
  • "We recognize that farmers grow diverse crops and Commodity Classic gives producers the opportunity to network and learn about corn, soybeans, wheat, and now sorghum all at the same time," says Dale Murden, the NSP president, who hails from Texas…
  • Next year's Commodity Classic, incidentally, will be in Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, from Feb. 26-29…
  • The Kansas Pork Association has selected Ron Suther, Blaine, to serve as its president for the coming year. The group had its annual meeting two weeks ago.
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