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Mainstream media outlet defends ethanol.

I had an interesting talk last week with Lisa Taylor, the Kansas Department of Agriculture's public information officer. "It's false," she said, after learning who called her. I didn't know what she was talking about, but she explained that the "The Great American Meatout'" had claimed that Governor Sebelius had declared March 20 the "Great American Meatout" day in Kansas. Taylor assured me that Gov. Sebelius is a red meat fan and made no such proclamation. Still, the GAM folks sent releases to the state's radio stations claiming the Governor supported its anti-meat, vegan agenda…

  • My question is this: how do special interest groups such as GAM get a free-pass when making such absurd claims? Why are they never held accountable for their actions? This specific instance may not be the most damaging, but it is false information, nevertheless. Past aActs of vandalism, lies, slander and other unethical behavior by radical interest groups are seldom treated as criminal actions. That must change…
  • Good news. A mainstream media outlet is finally defending ethanol. The Tampa Bay Tribune, in its March 18 editorial, points out that ethanol is not the enemy, the lower value of the U.S. dollar is. And rightly so, the columnist assures that more water is used to create a gallon of gasoline than a gallon of ethanol, and that ethanol isn't to blame for higher food prices…
  • You may read the editorial by clicking here: www2.tbo.com/content/2008/mar/18/na-soberly-weighing-advantages-of-higher-ethanol-c/?news-opinion-editorials
  • Onto some agriculture newsmakers. Foley Equipment Company has been named the representative for Ag-Chem-branded products in Kansas. Foley retail dealers in Great Bend, Dodge City, Wichita, Liberal and Salina, will be the one-stop source for RoGator and TerraGator application equipment sales, support and accessories…
  • The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center at Kansas State University has received $5,000 from CoBank on behalf of Robert Nattier, a director on CoBank's board of directors and former president and general manager of Mid Kansas Co-op, Moundridge...
  • The money will support the Capper Center's mission of serving as the ACCC fulfill its mission of serving as a premier center of excellence in cooperative education and increasing the cooperative form of business…
  • Finally, two Kansans were elected to serve on the Midwest Dairy Association – Kansas City Division board of directors' officer team, during the MDA's 2008 annual meeting. Byron Lehman, Newton, chairman and Ron Reed, Esbon, treasurer, will guide programs conducted through the dairy promotion checkoff…
  • Lehman will serve on the Midwest Dairy Association corporate board; Reed will join other state representatives on the American Dairy Association of the Midwest board, which controls the organization's non-cash assets.
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