The Buzz

Say it ain't so, Sam!

Published on: Oct 15, 2007

After 10 years as "The Voice" behind the popular "Beef. It's What's For Dinner" radio and television campaign, actor Sam Elliott has given way to a new voice. Elliott may be best known for his role in the movie, "Tombstone," although he has starred in a host of quality films...

  • The Cattlemen's Beef Board is not saying who will take Elliott's place, but rumor has it that Texas-born and bred actor Matthew McConaughy will be the new voice when the series kicks off in January. If so, he would become the third voice behind the beef commercials since the series began in the early 1990s. The late Robert Mitchum was the first…
  • Fortunately, the popular theme music, "Rodeo," by Aaron Copland, remains…
  • I had the honor of riding with First District Congressman Jerry Moran during a tour of north central Kansas agribusinesses Oct. 5. We talked immigration, railroads (which you may read about in the November issue of Kansas Farmer) and of course, his political future…

First District Congressman Jerry Moran, left, enjoying an ice cream sandwich with Scott Bokelman, financial services officer with Frontier Farm Credit, Marysville on Oct. 5, will likely run for the Senate in 2010.

  • Moran has toyed with the idea of running for governor after Gov. Kathleen Sebelius completes her term in 2010. That same year, Sen. Sam Brownback will complete his second term in the U.S. Senate – and has promised not to run for a third term…
  • So, Moran would likely run for one of those two positions. Our best guess? He'll choose the Senate…
  • Five rural schools will receive a Skystream 3.7 wind turbine as part of the Kansas Wind for Schools wind energy program, part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Wind for Schools initiative…
  • The schools, Fairfield High School, Reno County; Concordia School District, Cloud County; Ell-SalineSchool District, Saline County; Sterling School District, Rice County; Walton Rural Life Charter Elementary, Harvey County. Each school will be able to use the 1.8 kW turbine megawatt to meet its energy needs and develop curriculum to increase public awareness of wind power and train young people for jobs in the field…
  • The SE Kansas Educational Service Center, Crawford County, will receive instrumentation and an anemometer as part of the same program…
  • Congratulations to the founders of BioEnergy of Central Kansas. This proposed 30 million gallon per year biodiesel plant near St. John is in the equity-drive phase. When finished, the plant could employ 30 folks and pump $8.61 million in the local economy…
  • This would be Kansas' third plant. Healy BioDiesel is in Sedgwick and Renewable Energy Group broke ground this summer on a plant near Emporia.