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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.

It will be held at the Geary County Convention Center and will start at 10 a.m.

According to Chuck Otte, Agriculture agent for Geary County Extension, "The
Economic Development Commission is doing a lot of the organizing of this
meeting so at this time I'm not sure who all is going to be there, but it is my
understanding the all of the principle parties are planning to attend. If you have any questions, please email me."

Otte's e-mail is cotte@ksu.edu.  

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

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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