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ISSUE DATE: 02/25/2013

The taste of innovation

By Jennifer M. Latzke

They're the staple snacks at ball games and on road trips. If you've partaken the tasty treat of in-shell sunflower seeds recently, there's a 50 percent chance you've tasted the fruits of the labor of sunflower growers from the southern growing region of the United States--from Nebraska south to Texas.

Now, with the recent development of a new confectionery processing plant in Lubbock, Texas, SunGold Foods, a business unit of Red River Commodities, Inc., is poised to ensure a lot more of those sunflower seeds come from Texas growers.

For decades Red River Commodities and SunGold have worked to bring innovation to every process of the sunflower production cycle. From the seeds the growers plant, to the engineering behind new processing equipment, to looking to the future needs of sunflower growers, the key to their success is innovative ideas. This is how SunGold delivers a consistent product to consumers each time they reach their hand in a bag of seeds at a ball game, or puts out bird food in their backyard feeders.

"We acquired a facility in Colby, Kan., in the early 1990s," explained Mike Williams, general manager of Southern Procurement for SunGold. At the time Red River was looking to expand sunflower acreage outside of the Dakotas to avoid disease issues that were cropping up. In the mid-90s, Red River's sunflower expansion reached into Lubbock with a birdseed production plant, and then the acquisition of L&W Sunflower.


NEWS

Agricultural education sector needs qualified teachers
Despite extension, farm policy could see changes and cuts
Emporia named runner-up for best-tasting water in rural America
Healthy DASH diet can lower blood pressure
Huelskamp accepting applications for summer internships
ISU professor named Stanford University Leopold Leadership fellow
Kansas Saves: Free website offers savings tips
MAL, LDP provisions extended for 2013 crop year
Moran accepting applications for summer internships
National Grange admonishes Congress for postal reform failure
Obama, in State of the Union, talks rural--once
Prevent norovirus from spreading
Producers approve ag policy
Protein guidance can be confusing
S.B. 17 passes Missouri Senate
Senate announcements shake things up
Senators introduce Startup Act 3.0
USDA offers Farm to School grants
Winter allows for planning time in pond management

CROPS

Biodiesel Board presents Energy Leadership Award to Vilsack
Canola College set for March 28
Committee searching for nutrient reduction strategies
Conserve water from wells in drought
Cornhusker Economics Outlook meetings planned
Cotton economist visits 'West Texas of China'
Determining spring cover crop, crop insurance eligibility
Evaluate tillage systems, concepts
Evaluating corn and soybean consumption projections
Evaluating corn and soybean consumption projections
Extension to hold pesticide applicator training
Farmer donates fruit trees to OKC schools
Feb. 28 is deadline for NAP coverage sign-up for most vegetables
Ford County Conservation District holds annual meeting
Governor's Forum on Colorado Agriculture focuses on innovation
Iowa Farm Bureau Federation appoints farm business development manager
Kids lead water education in Ellsworth County contest
K-State Extension offers events, training
MU Extension fruit care workshop series begins March 1
Nebraska Wheat expands Bake and Take event
New Iowa State weather stations to monitor soil moisture
NMSU researchers sequence chile genome
NMSU to host pecan conference, trade show
NRCS accepting applications for Conservation Innovation Grants
NRCS announces March 15 deadline for Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program
Peterson resigns position as NAWG CEO
Record Brazilian soybean crop expected
Rep. Lucas wins Farm Bureau Golden Plow award
Search for Missouri Century Farms continues
Soil scientist gives guidelines for applying lime to no-till farm fields
STOP-FYRE fights fire
Studies show biosolids can boost soil phosphorus levels for years
Sunflower Crop Quality Report available
Take steps to control wind erosion before springtime winds blow
Texas Wheat Board to hold biennial election
The taste of innovation
Timing is key for nitrogen application on winter wheat
Washing clothes with corn
We Kan! Conference for rural leaders planned
Winter canola's expanding acreage appeals to Oklahoma farmers
Workshops tackle weed resistance management

LIVESTOCK

Angus breeder recognized in report
Arkansas cattle numbers decline faster than the national trend
Beef producers weigh options on buying replacements
Beef Sustainability Assessment documents industry progress
Beef sustainability study is ongoing
Beef value worth the higher price
Beefmasters win big at San Antonio
Breaking even feeding cattle
Cattle markets need more rain and more corn
Cattle stolen in Stafford County
Cattlemen's Day to mark 100th anniversary
Colorado Cattlemen honor Brand Inspector and Law Officer of the Year
Financial panic changes politics in this country
Growing up
Hereford Innovator Award presented
Iowans: Help choose Iowa's Best Burger
Junior Shorthorn exhibitors compete for NWSS champion
NCBA members elect officers, approve new policies
NCBA spring membership drive off to a strong start
Nebraska Cattlemen concerned about furlough of food safety inspectors
Nebraska Cattlemen set legislative priorities
New YSA class gathers in Topeka for first session
NUBeef-BCS, NUBeef-UTS scoring apps now available
NWSS Salers and Optimizer Show held
Portion of fever tick quarantine area released
Ranching for Profit Workshops set for March
Rawhide Portable Corral features new Processor
Registration open for Dairy Calf and Heifer Conference
Robert Barron receives Allied Industry award
Sheep 101
Show-Me-Select heifer plan explained at meeting for beef producers
Special sales for bred, replacement heifers a success
Study finds that barometric pressure influences spring calf births
Study points to one-step upgrade in calves
USDA releases Sheep 2011 Part II report
Western slope town hall meetings focus on growing demand for local meat
Young Cattlemen's Conference creates future leaders

EDITOR

A story of a steak
Baby, it's cold outside--but we're still working on the farm
Limited help for livestock producers

COLUMNS

A new option for spring deworming
Ag secretaries step away from U.S. Senate
As farm safety net battle wages on, will crop insurance need to change?
Avoid the negativity trap
Corn heads improve grain capture
Feeding the masses
Just a scoop full
New soybean advancements now available
Study shows product can add weight to steers

MARKETS

Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction summary
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Ericson livestock auction report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay sales steady in most areas
Hay trade is slow
High Plains direct cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Ogallala livestock auction report
Pratt livestock auction report
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Soybeans posted sharp gains
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional cattle sales report
Winter weather closes some livestock markets, production sales
Woodward livestock market report

RANGE

Bermudagrass program is March 2
Extension specialist: Don't overlook alfalfa as a cash crop, livestock feed
Figure costs carefully before deciding on nitrogen rates for cool-season pastures
Landowners encouraged to consider 'prairie chicken insurance'
Manage alfalfa weevils
Meeting to focus on grasslands, drought, and conservation
Plan ahead for long-term grazing management of forage stands
Rebuilding a forage base
Regional hay school in Douglas County starts March 5
River Valley Extension District shares pasture lease survey results
USDA announces general sign-up for Conservation Reserve Program

FAMILY

4-H makes a difference
Alva FFA members do well in interscholastics, livestock judging contests
Chickasha FFA rewards school board members
Farmers markets drive tomato research
Find best buys all year long
Front porch makes Hemlock welcoming
Garden classes offered
Gardening class series set
Grant will benefit Okeene agricultural education students
Kansas teens get inside look at Capitol
Make some family resolutions
Many vegetables grow well in high tunnels
Master Gardeners offer gardening workshop
Meditation
National FFA accepting applications for New Century Farmer Conference
Now is the time to assess finances, check insurance coverage
Now is the time to get onions in the ground
Save surplus berries for later use
Serve up some sunshine
Sides make a meal special
Tree care for February
Young chefs will compete in 4-H Food Fest

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