The Buzz

Carpet from corn, biodiesel in SWKS and more. Bill Spiegel

Published on: Jul 3, 2006

Now that wheat harvest is just about finished, we can focus on some of the unique news items that make The Buzz a bit more interesting.

  • From the Associated Press comes a story about the new carpet in the Nebraska Corn Board's office. The color scheme (burgundy and green) is not unusual, it's that about 15% of the carpet's makeup is corn-based plastic, developed at Cargill's processing plant at Blair...
  • Officials at the Interface Flooring Systems, a carpet manufacturer, believe that the carpet can eventually be made from 100% corn, boosting corn consumption in an obvious non-food ingredient way...
  • Kudos to the Kansas FFA Foundation, which has landed a couple of big-time donations in the last month. In May, the Kansas Farm Credit Association donated $10,000 to the Foundation and in June, Cargill Meat Solutions donated $10,000 too...
  • The funds are used to sponsor scholarships and awards presented by the Kansas FFA...
  • Ford County commissioners approved a conditional use permit for a biodiesel plant in Wright. Local farmers Kenneth and Hattie Stein will begin producing biodiesel on a small scale at first, using the fuel on their farm. If demand is great enough, they will ramp up production to produce commercial biodiesel...
  • The permit was issued in June, according to the Associated Press...
  • The word from Congressman Jerry Moran's office is that a disaster bill for agriculture that includes benefits for drought-stricken farmers is back on the table after the Senate Ag Committee met in late June...
  • Moran's press secretary, Nicole Young, says the $4 billion measure would help farmers struggling with high fuel prices and drought. Energy-related payments would account for $1.6 billion of the $4 billion bill. The payments would go only to farmers who already receive government subsidies...
  • The bill will be voted on by the full Senate and if passed, a mutual agreement will be discussed by a House-Senate conference committee.