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Company makes dry cattle feed pellets from ethanol byproduct 

A Nebraska company has found a way to make dry cattle feed pellets from an ethanol byproduct without adding any binding ingredients.

Platte Valley Distillers says it has secured the rights to a patented technique that will allow it to make feed pellets in Lexington that can be easily transported for possible export.

Ethanol plants routinely sell distillers grain as a livestock feed, but their market tends to be limited to the area near their plants because wet distillers grain can be costly to ship and the dry version of the feed tends to fall apart or spoil.

Tom Kruml is one of the co-owners of Platte Valley Distillers. He says the company can make distillers grain more dense, so it can be formed into a pellet or cube. Specialized equipment will be used to press distillers grain into a cube and apply heat to form a protective outer layer. Kruml said the corn oil in the feed helps seal the cube.

In addition to making the feed pellets, the company will also sell the equipment to other firms that want to make the feed pellets.


Once-massive fruit plantation in Kansas is up for sale

A former central Kansas plantation that was once the largest shipping point for fruit between the Missouri River and California is scheduled to be auctioned off.

The 130-acre Yaggy Plantation, which today is mostly grassland and irrigated cropland near Nickerson, will be auctioned off at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson Oct. 5. The land once grew up to 50,000 apple trees and a million catalpa trees, which were used for fence posts and railroad ties, The Hutchinson News reports it employed up to 300 people the during harvest season.

The descendants of the plantation's founder, Levi Walter Yaggy, are selling about 1,260 acres, which will be offered in five tracts and combinations.


Kalamazoo composting site to stay despite residents' worries

Kalamazoo area residents living near a composting site have complained about its sour odor for years, but laboratory tests haven't confirmed their fears that unseen pollutants might make their way into residential water wells or food.

Some neighbors said Kalsec's 5-acre compositing site, Coggan Farms, makes their daily lives miserable with its pungent smell.The natural herb and spice extracts company touts its composting of plant materials as a model of ethical, safe and environmentally sustainable handling of food waste material.

Some residents who fought to keep composting operations out of Cooper Township are angry and want the facility moved.The Cooper Township Board has determined that it's unable to cease Coggan Farms' operation because the law permits composting in the area.


Missouri man sentenced in 3-part cattle fraud scheme 

A northern Missouri man was sentenced to two years in prison without parole for cattle fraud schemes that cost his victims $262,000.

Federal prosecutors announced Monday that 22-year-old Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, also was ordered to pay restitution.

Nelson admitted that he sold at least 114 mortgaged cattle that were pledged to the Farm Service Agency and spent funds for himself, rather than remitting sale proceeds to the FSA. He also received two loans to buy and raise cattle but then sold livestock under different names to keep the proceeds.

Nelson also removed identification from cattle that were owned by others. He commingled the cattle with his own and with those owned by his neighbor and landlord, in order to sell livestock undetected.