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Breadmaking makes national television.

Set your VCR or digital recorder for March 24, because Kansas State University students will be on The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" episode about bread. The film crew was at the K-State campus in February taping segments at the Hal Ross Flour Mill…

  • Segments include demonstrations in the wheat quality lab and baking lab; the mill was running and several faculty members were interviewed about how bread is made and the science behind it…
  • Modern Marvels airs at 7 p.m. on The History Channel. A repeat episode will air March 25 at 11 p.m…
  • We may make national television for bread-making, but for the first time in 10 years, Kansas isn't the top wheat-producing state in the country. North Dakota beat Kansas in 2007…
  • We hear that K-State Research and Extension's Hesston Experiment Station is in danger of being closed. Agronomist-in-charge Mark Claassen is getting ready to retire and when that happens, the city of Hesston seeks to acquire the farm…
  • If that happens, we hear a new Experiment Station is not out of the question. However, years and years of research would be lost. That's a tough blow…
  • With planting season right around the corner, you may be interested in a new precision planting DVD from Exapta Solutions. Chock full of photographs and video, the DVD covers seeding science, innovations, using starter fertilizer and setting up planting equipment…
  • The DVD is available for $65 at www.exapta.com…  
  • Ethanol continues to take a beating in public. A column by Walter Williams, a columnist with The Jewish World Review, is interesting, but borders on inaccurate. Too much is being made of energy conversion and water requirements. The column can be seen here: www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/williams031208.php3  
  • We wish more journalists – and farmers, for that matter – would log onto the Ethanol Promotion Information Council Web site to get the facts on ethanol production and consumption. It is www.drivingethanol.org.
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