The Buzz

Central Livestock Corp. has new owners. Bill Spiegel 

Published on: May 22, 2006

Finally, it appears, the troubled Central Livestock Corporation, of South Hutchinson, has new life. Two brothers with livestock auction market experience have signed an agreement to buy the troubled business, according to a report in the Associated Press…

  • Ronald and Donald Jordan announced the purchase May 13. Ronald runs an auction market in Sioux Center, Iowa; Donald has one with his father in Texas. They will rename the business Hutchinson Commission Co., with the first sale taking place June 6…

  • The barn closed Feb. 14 after USDA auditors began investigating its finances and some cattlemen had been paid with bad checks. The Reno County Treasurer's office says the sale barn owes about $30,000 in back taxes…

  • Our condolences to the family of Randall Higgins, who died Friday, May 12. He was a one-time leader of K-State Research and Extension's entomology department and most recently was the Research and Extension crop entomology specialist for Kansas. Higgins is survived by his wife, Mary, and four children…

  • Conestoga Energy Partners, Liberal, will break ground on an ethanol plant just east of Garden City on May 24. The plant, located adjacent to Wind River Grains, will produce 50 million gallons of ethanol per year. It is the first of several new ethanol plants planned for southwest Kansas…

  • Learn more about the 2006 Kansas wheat crop, get a sneak peek on the best wheat varieties for 2007 and get a free lunch, to boot, by attending the 2006 Kansas Wheat Day, May 31 at the Western Kansas Agricultural Research Center in Hays…

  • Research updates begin at 10 a.m., with lunch at 11:30. Call the Kansas Wheat Office at (800) 748-8034 for lunch reservations…

  • K-State specialists will be on hand to talk wheat production and a special focus on managing rising input costs. Wheat breeder Joe Martin also will host wheat tours at the Research Farm, beginning at 2 p.m.…

  • Good news for sunflower producers. Snack foods giant Frito-Lay, Inc. is switching to NuSun sunflower oil in its Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, in a move intended to reduce saturated fat in these brands…

  • Lay's potato chips are available in the Northeast United States with NuSun sunflower oil; Frito-Lay is expected to have NuSun chips on store shelves throughout the country by the end of the year…

  • With 454 million pounds of sunflowers produced in 2005, Kansas is the third leading sunflower-producing state in the country. North Dakota and South Dakota are ranked first and second.