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Insolvency hits Pratt ethanol plant.

According to the Pratt Tribune last week, the Gateway Ethanol plant near Pratt has defaulted on a nearly $54 million loan payment to Dougherty Funding, which agreed in 2006 to provide Gateway with capital needed to build the plant.

  • Orion Ethanol, which owns 62% of the Gateway Ethanol plant, believes the situation will be resolved and Gateway will return to production soon, The Tribune reports…
  • The $100 million, 55 million gallon-per-year Gateway Ethanol plant was completed in 2007 and has been beset by problems from the start; namely weather-related construction delays and the Dec., 2007 ice storm that knocked electricity out…
  • On a brighter note, Justin Gengler, a high school senior at St. John's Junior-Senior High School in Beloit, has earned a $1,000 Farm Kids for College scholarship from the National Farmers Organization…
  • Justin plays sports, is member of the National Honor Society member and participates in speech and drama, plus serves on the Beloit Youth City Council, and in Catholic Youth Organization. He operates a tree-cutting business and works for a seed company when he's not working on his family's farm operation taking care of cattle and helping in the fields. Justin plans to major in agribusiness at Benedictine College, Atchison…
  • May is Beef Month, Governor Kathleen Sebelius has proclaimed. To celebrate, the Kansas Beef Council has several special events on tap, including a "Pasture to Plate" tour for chefs, a "nutrition adventure" for dietitians and sponsorship of the American Heart Association Heart Walk in Kansas City…

Governor Kathleen Sebelius (seated) has declared May as Beef Month. Joining the governor for the signing

were (L to R) KBC staff members Deena Robinson, Kevin Thielen and Todd Johnson.

  • These events, plus a special radio and billboard advertising campaign in Kansas City and Wichita will highlight the beef industry and encourage consumers to understand the "power of protein in the Land of Beef."…
  • Todd Johnson, chairman of the Kansas Beef Council, says there are numerous ways to enjoy lean protein. Twenty-nine cuts of beef are classified as "lean" by USDA; so enjoy beef on a grill or try new recipes and learn more nutrition details www.BeefItsWhatsForDinner.com. …
  • This weekend is the 17th annual Kansas Sampler Festival at the Concordia City Park, 11th and Washington. It's a busy time for farmers, but if you have time, check out this event, which begins at 10 a.m. each day…
  • More than 145 communities will have display booths, showcasing museums, entertainments, crafts and eateries. It's a great opportunity for visitors to gather information and plan daytrips, enjoy new food choices and seek tourism ideas. In short, it's a chance to learn what makes Kansas great! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 7-14. Log onto www.kansassampler.org/festival for more information.
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