The Buzz

Western Kansas dairy fined, egg plant a no-go. Bill Spiegel

Published on: Feb 7, 2005

We begin this edition of the Buzz with a couple of bumps in the road of agriculture initiatives in opposite ends of the state. For starters, the Celtic Dairy, Tribune, was fined $20,000 by the Kansas Dept. of Health and Environment for failing to meet environmental regulations. Among the issues: improper disposal of dead animals, storage and disposal of manure and failure to have pollution controls.

  • The failed Ladder Creek Dairy was bought in 2003 by brothers John and James Gilavrry, who ran a dairy in their native Ireland before moving to Kansas...
  • Near Columbus, Missouri-based Moark has scrapped plans to build an egg processing plant that would house some 3.2 million chickens. The plant would have employed about a dozen people, but Cherokee County residents voiced concerns about pollution potential...
  • Southeast Kansas residents also are concerned about a recent rash of cattle rustling. Two ranchers near Parsons lost about 20 head of cattle each last month, and a farm just across the border in Missouri had a dozen head stolen...
  • The proposed National Animal ID plan could help alleviate some of those rustling problems. "You show up with animals that aren't registered to your premise and you're going to have to answer some questions," animal health commissioner George Teagarden told the Associated Press...
  • The Kansas Farm Bureau and National Corn Growers Association each responded swiftly to NBC television, which aired an episode of "The West Wing" that indicated the nation's ethanol policy was "a waste of taxpayers' money" and a corporate America subsidy...
  • The episode, titled "King Corn," aired in late January. Show writers indicated that "producing a gallon of ethanol requires almost a gallon of oil." USDA studies show that ethanol generates at least 67% more energy than it takes to produce...
  • Mark Rude, Garden City, has been hired executive director of the Southwest Kansas Groundwater Management District, Garden City. Rude takes the place of Hank Hansen, who resigned in December.