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A fight over water in Cloud County.

Could Concordia become home to two ethanol plants? The north central Kansas community has been targeted by Everton Energy, Inc. as the home of a 100 million gallon ethanol plant. But according to the Concordia Blade-Empire newspaper, a second player has emerged…

  • Cloud County resident Joe Reedy has obtained 700 acre feet of water rights from the Dakota Formation for a proposed 50 million gallon ethanol plant near Huscher, east of Concordia. That's the same water right that Everton had planned to apply for. Undeterred, Everton will seek other sources of water for its $240 million project…
  • From the Hutchinson News: owners of Pankratz Implement Co., Hutchinson; Deere Trail Implement, McPherson and Conrady Western Inc., Anthony, are discussing a potential merger into one ownership group…
  • A potential merger would affect Pankratz operations in Hutchinson, Deere Trail dealers in McPherson, Emporia and Marion and Conrady dealers in Wichita, Anthony and Winfield…
  • No contracts have been signed yet, but parties say if continued discussions prove that a merger would benefit ownership, farmers and employees, it will proceed…
  • We've received word that longtime K-State sorghum breeder Mitch Tuinstra has taken a job with Purdue University, his alma mater. Mitch will be the corn breeder there…
  • In the interim, former Agronomy Department Head Dave Mengel will head up the sorghum breeding unit…
  • Historic events at last week's Kansas State Fair include the 40th anniversary showing of Charolais cattle and 50th anniversary of showing Dexter cattle…
  • Two Kansans have been appointed to three-year terms of the United Soybean Board. Bob Haselwood, Berryton and Bill Wiley, Lyndon, will represent Kansas on the 64-member board, which oversees the soybean checkoff.
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