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Ventria Informational Meeting Slated for Nov. 29

Learn more about growing biotech rice for Junction City plant.

If you are interested in growing biotech rice for the Ventria bio-processing facility near Junction City, Kansas State University Research and Extension and Ventria are scheduling a meeting for prospective growers on Nov. 29.

The date is fairly firm, but the time and location are not, says Chuck Otte, ag agent for Geary County.

Much coordination needs to take place between K-State, Ventria, Geary County economic development officials and the state of Kansas to make the meetings happen, Otte says.

Continue to read for more details as the meeting agenda and location are firmed up.

The meeting is open to all farmers interested in growing for Ventria, he adds.

Ventria, a California-based bioscience company, plans to build a rice processing plant in Junction City. The company's special biotech rice has health benefits for children around the world, and the company hopes to have 300 acres of rice planted in spring, 2007. However, growers must meet identity preservation requirements and grow the crop according to Ventria's rules, and those set forth by USDA's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service.

Specialty rice producers should earn up to $200 per acre more than their most profitable crop, says Ventria chief executive officer Scott Deeter.

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