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Ethanol plant slated for construction near Hugoton will create 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol each year.

Published on: Aug 13, 2007

Abengoa Bioenergy, which earlier this year received a $76 million grant from USDA to build the nation's first cellulose-derived ethanol plant, announced earlier this month that the plant will be built near Hugoton. When completed, 30 million of gallons of ethanol will be created each year from cellulose, with an additional 75 million gallons created annually by traditional sources, including corn and grain sorghum…

  • The Hugoton plant will be Abengoa's second in Kansas. The company, which is based in Spain and has U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, also has the nation's oldest ethanol plant in Colwich, according to the Wichita Eagle…
  • The Abengoa plant in Hugoton is the latest in a string of ethanol projects slated for southwest Kansas. Conestoga Energy Partners says its Bonanza BioEnergy ethanol plant in Garden City began production last week...
  • The 55 million gallon-per-year plant will consume 18 million bushels of corn and grain sorghum from area farmers. It is the fourth plant in southwest Kansas, according to an article in the Hutchinson News…
  • Conestoga has another plant under construction, Arkalon Ethanol, near Liberal. In addition, seven more plants have received permits or are close to being permitted in that region of the state…
  • If all these plants come to fruition, Kansas will produce 700 million gallons of ethanol per year…
  • Canola producers in Kansas should benefit from a new joint venture between the Producers Cooperative Oil Mill of Oklahoma City and the Plains Oilseed Products Cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative. The alliance promises to create more delivery points for winter canola, giving growers a chance to add winter canola to their crop rotations…
  • In addition, winter canola seed will be offered for sale at these same locations. "More than six years of research by Oklahoma State University and Kansas State University to better understand the value and yields of winter Canola has resulted in this joint venture," says Gene Neuens, POP executive director. More information is available from Neuens at 405-218-5753 or by e-mail at cscneuens@yahoo.com
  • Dairy Ventures, a speculative group operated by two dairy supply veterans, are overseeing the construction of a $3.2 million dairy near Tribune, the Associated Press reports…
  • Greeley County bought the land and is giving it to the developers for free. The dairy should be completed late this fall and have about 20 employees and begin with 1,500 cows, with future expansion of up to 2,500 cows…
  • Two more small schools in rural Kansas have decided to consolidate. According to the Hays Daily News, Kensington-West Smith County and Agra-Eastern Heights, two 1A schools in north central Kansas, will consolidate beginning in fall, 2008…
  • Members of each district voted overwhelmingly in favor of the consolidation. During the 2007-08 school year, each school will maintain its own district and work out the consolidation budget and details…