The Buzz

Cheese, beer, Deere and deeds.  

We lead off this week’s Buzz on a big win for Kansas ag and industry. For years, the Kansas Departments of Agriculture and Commerce have worked with large-scale dairy farms in western Kansas to establish a manufacturing facility that could take advantage of the growing dairy industry in that part of the state. Early this week, Kansas Dairy Ingredients announced it will build a dairy ingredient and cheese plant in Hugoton in the next 18 months. 

  • The first stage of the facility will be in operation by the end of this year. It will process about 1 million pounds of milk per day to produce fractionated dairy ingredients; the facility could be expanded next year to add cheese production and process 2.5 million pounds of milk per day by 2014. Over the next 18 months, KDI will invest more than $20 million into the plant. KDI will move its headquarters from Missouri to operations in Kansas City, Kan. and Hugoton…
  • What are “fractionated dairy ingredients?” It is a process that “… allows milk to be broken into various components for use as an ingredient,” writes Hutch News reporter Amy Bickel…
  • Click the link to check out the “new-old” feel of one of the state’s newest John Deere dealers. Hiawatha Implement, Hiawatha, has opened an impressive new store that “combines form with function,” according to an article in Farm Equipment news. The 40,000 square-foot business, which opened last August, has a host of unique features: doors from an old Commerce Bank in Kansas City; the reception desk from a law firm in Kansas City; slate floors; a high-tech conference/training room with room for 20; antique decorations adorning the walls and other items gathered from old hotels, warehouses and businesses across the nation…
  • Larry Roeder and his wife Susanne Somers, who have owned the dealership for more than 30 years, say the dealership represents the commitment they have made to customers and employees, letting them know that, “…you are important and you deserve it.” … 
  • Our friends at Boulevard Brewing Company are at it again. This summer the Kansas City company plans to launch a new wheat beer called “80 Acre Hoppy Wheat.” Boulevard – the nation’s 10th largest ‘craft brewery,’ – is adding the new brew to its lineup as an alternative to the myriad of designer beers available to beer drinkers in the Midwest…
  • 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat uses a malted wheat from Minnesota, and soft wheat from Missouri. Lead Brewer Craig Pijanowski says the brew is similar to Boulevard Wheat beer, but featuring hops in the flavor and aroma profiles…
  • Our friendly competitors in Europe may need a keg of 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat by the time harvest is over. The Kansas wheat crop looks great right now, but the United Kingdom and Spain are suffering from their worst drought in at least two decades, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Germany and France are also getting pummeled with dryness. The next two weeks will be vital to the crop, analysts predict…
  • This week’s Land Sale features three dryland tracts totaling 270 acres, near Jamestown in Cloud County. Tract 1, 156 acres, has 132 acres nearly level tillable cropland planted to wheat; buyer receives 40% of the crop. Soils on this tract were a bit alkali, affecting the purchase price. It sold for $376,200 ($2,850 per tillable acre). Tract 2, 40 acres with 36 acres creekbottom tillable land planted to wheat, brought $147,600 ($4,100 per tillable acre). Tract 3, 76 acres, had 44 acres of cropland planted to wheat, and the balance in pasture, with fence and pond. It brought $172,500 ($2,270 per acre)…
  • Auctioneer Lance Lagasse, with Larry Lagasse Auction and Real Estate, Concordia, said land prices have increased about 20% in the last year in the region. A roomful of qualified buyers attended the sale and were active bidders, he said.
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